Twiddle’s second ‘Tunbledown’ Festival, an integral part of the Burlington Maritime Festival in July, was a huge success. The venue at the waterfront provided amazing scenery, ample space for awesome food and ware vendors, and the weather was perfect, filling the space with sunshine and smiling faces. The line-up was packed with amazing bands for two days straight, with after shows at local venues including Higher Ground, Metronome & Nectars. Friday’s music provided a great variety of sound, from The Mangroves and Holly Bowling, to one of Live Gig Shot’s favorites – Navytrain, a quickly rising trio on the Burlington scene – to Fruition, Midnight North and of course two sets by Twiddle.
Saturdays line-up was even more diverse, with a surprise afternoon set by Annie In The Water. They set a very positive tone for the beginning of the day. A unique set from The Wiley Griffin Band followed, featuring Scott Hannay of Mister F, Anthony Leo of Capital Zen, Mihali of Twiddle, and Scotty Zwang of Dopapod – this was a funky, groovy collaboration that had the crowd moving. Lucid, a powerful group from New York and long-time friends of Twiddle, played their first summer festival after a year-long hiatus from touring to record music, during the late afternoon – it was nostalgic for all Lucid lovers! The entire day was filled with amazing and well-known acts, such as Aqueous, Madaila and Strange Machines, with another double set performance by Twiddle to end the evening at the waterfront.
The late night shows were nothing short of incredible. At Metronome, Burlington’s Gang of Thieves put on a high-energy show, with an opening set by Backup Planet from Nashville, TN. Friday night’s Everyone Orchestra featured members of Twiddle and Midnight North, Mimi Naja of Fruition, Craig Meyers of Barika, Patrick Biondo of Cabinet, Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead, Dave Grippo, Tyler Thompson and Holly Bowling – an incredible alignment of musicians, to say the least.
Saturday ‘s late night shows were equally enticing, with Lespecial at Nectars and simultaneously, a Mihali & Frends performance at Higher Ground. A last minute surprise of Navytrain opening for the Mihali & Frends show was a thrill to the Tumbledown crowd. Mihali had members of Annie In the Water, Fruition, Twiddle, Lucid and others up to join in for almost two hours of jams. This was the perfect ending to a full weekend of excellent music.