- Posted: Mar 14, 2007
Posted: Mar 12, 2007
On April 11, Willy Mason returns to HG--which served as a unique launching pad for his career.
For the full scoop on how it all began, read below...
Back in May of 2003, an up and coming artist by the name of Conor Oberst was making his debut performance at Higher Ground in Winooski, VT. Oberst, better known along with his band as Bright Eyes had a special treat for the folks in attendance that evening.
The night before, while performing in Northhampton, Conor and crew met and took a liking to a highscooler from Marthas Vineyard. The highschool student named Willy Mason happily partied the night away while playing a few songs, wound up on their bus, and woke the following day to find himself in Vermont.
"I woke up on their tour bus in Vermont, and that night Conor, without warning, called me onto the stage. That was my first gig off of the island. The whole thing was surreal."
Soon after that night, Willy and Conor struck up a friendship that would lead to Willy's signing to Team Love, Conors newly developed record label. Since then, Willy has toured with the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Kweller, Unbusted, and Radiohead. He has also played such venues as the Glastonbury Festival, South By Southwest, and the Offshore Ale House.
Willy Mason is currently on tour in support of his upcoming album "If The Ocean Gets Rough" This will mark his first performance in Vermont since that life changing evening back in 2003.
A few of our favorite upcoming shows.Posted: Mar 8, 2007
HG's spring calendar is shaping up and new shows are being announced every day. With all the upcoming shows/music, you may be asking yourself where to begin. Well, here are a few shows that we are extra excited about.
Alex - Cold War Kids, Dan Zanes, Citizen Cope, Banyan, Elvis Perkins supporting Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Andy - Public Enemy, The Roots
Caitlin - Do Make Say Think, Cold War Kids, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Friday - Public Enemy, Rose Hill Drive, The Roots, Toubab Krewe, Cold War Kids, Charlie Hunter, Son Volt, Banyan, Dr. Dog, Cold War Kids, all comedy shows
Nick M. - Dr. Dog, Do Make Say Think, Soulvation Army
Nick V. - Cold War Kids/Tokyo Police Club, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Japhy Ryder, Jason Isbell Band supporting Son Volt
Posted: Mar 2, 2007
Avi & Celia have been selected as Higher Ground's 'Artist of the Month' for the month of March. Don't miss Avi & Celia's CD Release Party on Thursday, March 8 in the HG Showcase Lounge. more
Posted: Feb 28, 2007
Few rock bands have been featured in both Sports Illustrated and Billboard.
"Hockey Rock" legends, The Zambonis, formed in 1991 when defenseman/guitarist/singer Dave Schneider envisioned a group that played nothing but songs about hockey. And he wasn’t joking. What started as a fun “little thing” is now the most popular sports-rock band in North America.
The Zambonis will be performing a special family friendly matinee show on April 1. Doors for the all ages show open at 12:30pm with acclaimed indie comic artist James Kochalka Superstar opening the show at 1pm. The HG kitchen will be serving our full menu for lunch.
Later this month you can hear a new Zambonis tune on the soundtrack for the upcoming Will Ferrell movie "Blades Of Glory".....but for now, check out this exclusive track that they wrote just for Higher Ground! more
Posted: Feb 26, 2007
Keller Williams will team up with Conscious Alliance and JDK Design for a Food Drive at his February 28, 2007 show at Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT. Everyone who brings 10 can/items to the show will receive a free concert poster by designer Rachel Stewart of JDK Design. These two-color, artist signed and numbered screen prints will only be available at this show. Don't worry, if you forget your cans the prints will be available for a $10 donation. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Chittenden Emergency food shelf and the Conscious Alliance. For more details visit www.consciousalliance.org and www.jdk.com. more
Posted: Feb 22, 2007
To commemorate Sonic Youth’s recent performance at Higher Ground, JDK Design put together a unique interactive poster for fans in attendance.
Check out the link below to see a photo montage of what some fans chose to thank Sonic Youth for.
Posted: Feb 15, 2007
Literally re-writing the rules of hip hop, Public Enemy became the most influential and most controversial rap group of the late 80s. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, James Bomb, DJ Lord and the rest of the crew touch down in South Burlington on Monday, March 12 for a one legendary performance. Don't miss this show if you've ever listened to one beat of hip hop. more
Show cancellations and postponements due to Blizzard '07Posted: Feb 14, 2007
The recent storm that blanketed Burlington and the rest of Northern VT in record breaking accumulation has caused several show postponements and cancellations.
RUSTED ROOT on 2/14 is now rescheduled for Monday, Feb 26. All tickets will be honored. Also, a few tickets for this show have been released.
PO' GIRL on 2/14 has been canceled and unfortunately no make up date could be scheduled. All tickets will be automatically refunded or are available at their point of purchase.
STATE RADIO and RUMBLE DOLL on 2/15 will go on as scheduled.
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate those that are braving the conditions to come out and support live music.
moe. announces surprise free show at Higher Ground tonight, 2/12!Posted: Feb 12, 2007
moe. will perform a short acoustic set starting at 9:30pm at Higher Ground. This is a free show celebrating the release of their latest album, 'The Conch.' The band will be signing autographs at Borders Books & Music in Burlington (Church St.) at 8pm. Purchase of their new album at that signing gets you a wristband that guarantees admission to the show.
Food Drive at Brett Dennen Feb 3 show!Posted: Jan 15, 2007
Rock For Remedy Food Drive: Please bring non-perishable, non-glass item to the show to help feed the hungry.
Rock for a Remedy is partnering with Brett Dennen to present a food drives nationwide, this time to support the member agencies of the Vermont Foodbank. Please bring donations of non-perishable, non-glass items to the show and help feed the hungry in YOUR community. Please check www.rockforaremedy.org for more details
Posted: Jan 15, 2007
Indie rock before there was such a term, Sonic Youth come to Burlington, VT for the first time in their history -- which is saying something considering they formed in 1981. Having influenced nearly every band you currently love, Sonic Youth's cult following owes a nod to their abandonment of any pretense of traditional rock and roll conventions. If you owe even one ironic indie rock t-shirt you owe it to yourself to see this show. Tickets are going fast. more
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Sell Out 3 Nights!Posted: Dec 22, 2006
The Waitsfield, VT 4-piece returned home fresh from recording their sophomore album in LA for three sold out nights leading into New Year's Eve at Higher Ground. Thanks to everyone that attended these three special shows. Keep an eye on our schedule for the next area appearance with Grace Potter.