In a recent endeavor to streamline my digital workspace and increase the efficiency of my three portable hard drives, I’ve embarked on a thorough journey through my vast archives. This task, though challenging, has been akin to a treasure hunt, with discarded images making way for a riveting collection of unforgettable moments from the past year’s assignments. I am excited to share some of these hidden gems with you.
One such treasure is a captivating series of photographs featuring Chilmark, a band that includes some of my dear friends from high school. These photos, immersed in the raw energy of a live set, were taken at the legendary Nectar’s in Burlington, Vermont earlier this January.
The relationship I share with Chilmark isn’t just casual; it’s steeped in history. Chris, the magnetic lead singer, and I share a bond from our freshman year at Saint Michael’s College. My dorm room provided the backdrop for the genesis of one of their popular tracks, “Brownroom.” From these intimate early days, I’ve watched Chilmark grow and mature into a melodically robust band that stands as a tour-de-force in today’s local music scene. I urge you to explore their artistry further on their website and MySpace page, where their captivating music is readily available for download.
The stage for this nostalgic trip is none other than Nectar’s, a venue renowned for its legendary reputation. Notably, it’s the place where the iconic band Phish first found their rhythm. Nectar’s holds a special place in my heart, not only for its nurturing of new talent, but also for its superior lighting setup, which, to me, outshines even the largest music venues such as Higher Ground. The allure of Nectar’s is also due to its modest cover charge, allowing one to enjoy excellent bands for just $5-10. Add to this mix the reasonably priced beverages and their infamous Gravy Fries (a dish deserving of uppercase recognition), and you’re left with an authentic music spot that truly embodies the classic charm of the music scene.