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  • Writer's pictureALEXANDRA


If you've been following along since last Monday, you would know that I started a new edition of A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS - a list of my recommendations of places to go and things to do in Burlington, Vermont. I fell in love with Burlington long before we moved here this summer, but I've gotten to learn so much about the local scene since then. Of course live music is a big part of that scene, so I end up frequenting such venues more often than not. Here are a few of my favorites!

Part Two:


1. Nectar’s/Club Metronome

188 Main Street

The view of the famous Nectar's Lounge & Restaurant sign from the window of Club Metronome

The Kitchen Dwellers at Nectar's in March 2016

Chauncey on the stage of Club Metronome during the "Chauncey's Get Wet Together" Benefit

Midnight North featuring Ryan Dempsey on the keytar

No trip to Burlington is complete without visiting the historic Nectar’s - especially if you are a jam band fan. With “Fresh music served daily” and amazing gravy fries taboot this is a must-stop spot. It’s obviously cool to visit the iconic small venue that Phish played in years ago, but these days you’ll be able to check out some awesome bands, both local and national, seven nights a week.

2. Radio Bean | ¡Duino! (Duende) | Light Club Lamp Shop

8 10 and 12 North Winooski Avenue

Marco Benevento played a secret show at Radio Bean with Karina Rykman and Andy Borger

Karina Rykman at Radio Bean

Hayley Jane and Ryan Montbleau of Yes Darling at Light Club Lamp Shop

I remember the first time I ever walked into the Light Club Lamp Shop my jaw dropped to the floor at just how unique and eclectic the space was. The venue is exceptionally decorated, with lamps covering the walls and ceilings. I soon came to learn that it is connected to both ¡Duino! (Duende) and Light Club Lamp Shop, all offering a fun twist on Burlington nightlife. Between the three you will find a full service bar, restaurant, live music venue, lamp lounge, craft cocktail destination, and street food haven. It's no wonder why they consider themselves a "bohemian utopia!"

3. Higher Ground

1214 Williston Road

Various Artists paying tribute to Tom Petty at Into the Great Wide Open

Madaila's Halloween Party 2018

Some of my favorite nights out in Burlington have been spent at Higher Ground. Not only do we have a ton of friends that work and throw events there, but Twiddle has played there many, many times. Over the next few months there are some amazing bands coming through town that I can’t wait for (and who knows what they might add!):

2/2 Turkuaz / Disco Phantom 2/22 Ryan Montbleau Band / Yes Darling 2/28 Nahko / The Late Ones / Xiuhtezcatl 3/10 Trevor Hall 4/5 Mike Gordon 4/6 Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute 4/13 Pigeons Playing Ping Pong / Swimmer 5/26 Fleet Foxes

Hopefully you'll be able to check out at least one of these venues if you're in the Burlington area.

Let me know by commenting if there's somewhere you've been that I should head over to for a show!

xoxo. Alexandra


Hey guys! My name is

Alexandra Dempsey, I am 31 years old and live in Stowe, Vermont.

I recently decided to start this blog to give you all a look into the life of a tour wife - the highs, the lows, and EVERYTHING in between!

My rock star husband, Ryan Dempsey

of Twiddle, stands by me every step

of the way as we journey on this whirlwind we like to call the "tour life."

Follow along on my travels, hear

stories from fellow tour wives, and

earn about some of my favorite things. Hope you enjoy and

thanks so much for reading!!

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