Tumble Down 2016: Burlington, VT

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Twiddle, Vermont’s favorite who has been on the rise – a mixed genre group that plays funk, reggae, rock, bluegrass, jam fusion – really stepped it up for their first large event, ‘Tumble Down’, at the Waterfront in the city of Burlington. This was a major part of Burlington’s Annual Maritime Festival, which is held down by the edge of Lake Champlain offering an amazing view of the sunset each day, excellent food and is walking distance from downtown Burlington.

Tumble Down’s line-up offered such a variety of amazing shows, including: From Brooklyn New York, the funky & jazzy super-group ‘Turkuaz‘, ‘Nahko & Medicine For The People‘ from Portland Oregon, who bring the healing force with their musical medicine, a dynamic bluegrass group bringing the Southern feel from Scranton Pennsylvania, ‘Cabinet‘, the ‘Kitchen Dwellers‘ from Bozeman Montana, who bring a very unique new-age & old-timey bluegrass sound, and of course Twiddle themselves.

Twiddle more than delivered – they played harder than I’ve ever seen them in the 8 years that I’ve watched them grow; from a small-town Vermont band playing intimate shows at tiny venues, to getting signed by Madison House, selling out the Red Rocks amphitheater and opening for The String Cheese Incident. They had a surprise sit-in by Page McConnell of Phish the second night, as well as sit-ins by members of Turkuaz. Mihali hosted a post-Tumble Down show at the local Higher Ground music venue, ‘Mihali & Frends’, where he invited Nahko Bear & members of his group, as well as members of the Kitchen Dwellers and his Twiddle brothers to jam. This collaborative show was so cohesive, it was as if they had all been playing together for years. If you haven’t heard of Twiddle yet, you will certainly be happy with what you discover if you feel their vibe: www.twiddlemusic.com

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