Last week we took a look at the dynamic live music options unfolding this month. This week, we took our look at a multitude of October events that are bright spots on the horizon.
Led by longtime New York resident Matthew Iwanusa, the quintessential Big Apple Caveman indie-rock trio perform in support of their third album, “Smash,” released in July. Opening the show is LA rock band Liily and LA-based singer-songwriter Caroline Kingsbury.
Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, S. Burlington, 8 p.m. $ 15 in advance, $ 18 day of show (all ages); call 888-512-7469 or go online at www.highergroundmusic.com
Last in the area for a show in 2017 at Burlington Waterfront Park, Primus brings his brand of freak rock and performs Rush’s classic 1997 album, “A Farewell to Kings.” Black Mountain, a Canadian psych-rock band from Vancouver, opens the show.
Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. (Higher Ground Presents) $ 49 (free for ages 12 and under); call 888-512-7469 or go online at www.highergroundmusic.com
Monday October 11: Pinegrove
Built around the core duo of songwriter Evan Stephens Hall and drummer Zack Levine, New Jersey indie rock band Pinegrove perform in support of “Amperland, NY”, a released feature film and soundtrack. in January.
Higher Ground Ballroom, S. Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $ 24 in advance, $ 28 day of show (all ages); call 888-512-7469 or go online at www.highergroundmusic.com
Sunday October 17: Spoon, Nicole Atkins
Last in Vermont at the end of 2017, Spoon, the Austin, Texas-based indie rock band, returns to Higher Ground ahead of their highly anticipated 10th studio album, due out before the end of the year. New Jersey-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins opens the show in support of her 2020 album, “Italian Ice.”
Sunday October 17: Caroline Rose
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Caroline Rose, who has lived in Burlington in the past, returns to Vermont for her first show since a flagship show in March 2020 at Higher Ground.
The Stone Church, Brattleboro, 8 p.m. (Higher Ground Presents) $ 22 (all ages); call 888-512-7469 or go online at www.highergroundmusic.com
Thursday October 21: The Record Company
The Grammy-nominated blues-rock trio return to support their third studio album, “Play Loud,” which is slated for release Oct. 8 on Concord Records.
Saturday 23 October: Angélique Kidjo
Three-time Grammy-winning global pop star Angelique Kidjo is headlining the Flynn’s grand reopening celebration with special guests Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Nicole Nelson & the Resistance Revival Chorus VT, Ferene Paris Meyer and DJ Craig Mitchell.
Flynn, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $ 125 (Flynn Benefit Event); call 802-863-5966 or go online at www.flynnvt.org
Saturday October 23: Amythyst Kiah
Nashville singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah – “one of roots music’s most promising new voices” with “a masterful mix of lonely folk and neo-blues,” according to Rolling Stone – performs in the ‘intimate Alexander Twilight Theater in support of his acclaimed new album, “Wary + Strange”, released in June on Rounder Records.
Alexander Twilight Theater, NVU-Lyndon, Lyndonville, 7 p.m. (KCP Presents). $ 15 to $ 38 (free for students); call 888-757-5559 or go online at www.catamountarts.org
Saturday October 23: Rhyme & Unreason by Omega Jade
Omega Jade, a Burlington hip hop artist and comedian who grew up in San Diego, presents a mix of comedy and hip hop with a variety of MC / rappers: Sedone, Jobu, Rajnii and Mister Burns.
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe, 7:30 p.m. $ 25 for in person, $ 10 for live broadcast; call 802-760-4634 or go online at www.sprucepeakarts.org
Friday-Sunday October 29-31: Noah Kahan
Vermont folk-pop singer-songwriter Noah Kahan performs three consecutive shows in support of his second full-length album, “I Was / I Am,” released last week on Republic Records.
Higher Ground Ballroom, S. Burlington, 8 p.m. $ 25 in advance, $ 27 on day of show (all ages; October 30 full); call 888-512-7469 or go online at www.highergroundmusic.com