Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout
Life is never straight (Joey Kulkin photo)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Vignettes from Vermont: Graffiti Vault Unplugged (Episode 1: Vice-Versa)

BENNINGTON -- Conceptuality becomes reality at 7 tonight when Graffiti Vault Unplugged! debuts after a month of planning. Bennington teens Seth Bartholdi and Brandon Olson of Vice-Versa, on the heels of their 38-minute test-run a few days ago, will perform for real and showcase several of the band's songs (and a few covers) inside the bomb-proof gold vault at Fiddlehead at Four Corners art gallery.

You are watching GVU! via Google+ Hangout and YouTube. It's the only way you can appreciate any of the music that emanates from the Graffiti Vault, which got its name on October 13 after Fiddlehead owner Joel Lentzner painted the interior walls into chalkboards and, with gallery manager Joey Kulkin, told customers to Chalk It Up!

That inspired Kulkin's book series "Chalk It Up!" (here) and then Kulkin created Graffiti Vault Unplugged! in May after hearing how great the vault's acoustics were when Robb Bower performed for the first time in public a song he wrote for his late mom (here).

So here we are with Graffiti Vault Unplugged! But the show is not exclusive to music. "We'd love storytellers and poets to perform," Kulkin said, "and any newsies who want to interview movers and shakers in Bennington or Vermont."

Graffiti Vault Unplugged! also launched a Facebook page (here).

GVU! is live every Sunday night at 7 o'clock on this blog. There are plans to expand to a weekend schedule.

Kulkin said upcoming musicians include Tommy Marshall (North Adams) and Sam Clement (Bennington), Ben Mackin (Bennington), Tom Sampsell (Bennington) and Uncle Grizz (Bennington). Kulkin is working on getting other acts such as Berlin, Oingo Boingo, Boogie Down Productions and hey, even Miley Cyrus to play the Graffiti Vault. 

If you want to perform contact Kulkin at or just stop into Fiddlehead at Four Corners, the old marble bank turned art gallery. 

It's this building ...

Take a Google Street View tour inside Fiddlehead (here)