As if you need it, here’s a little pot-sweetening: We’ve come into possession of a $25 gift card for Popolo Restaurant in Bellows Falls, and it will be given to some lucky person in the audience in some way to be determined by the band. This is going to be a fun show. Thanks to Popolo, www.popolomeanspeople.com
Multinational activist rockers David Rosane & The Zookeepers come to Bellows Falls
BELLOWS FALLS, VT — International music collective David Rosane & The Zookeepers bring their intellectually-driven activist rock to Stage 33 Live in Bellows Falls on Sunday, August 19, 2018. This is their only appearance in southern Vermont.
For much of the year, head zookeeper David Rosane lives and works in Paris, where he also maintains a French version of the band.
He has strong ties to Vermont as well, and the core Zookeeper members in the U.S. are Don Sinclair and Jennifer Grossi of Bradford. This summer The Zookeepers chose to skip playing traditional venues in order to undertake a Library Benefit tour, raising money and awareness for literacy in small, rural, economically challenged communities in northern Vermont.
The library tour coincided with the release of their third CD, the 14-track “Book of ZOO.” The tour and the record have both received enthusiastic reviews.
“In a world tipping towards zero-sum totalitarianism, a sad and hopelessly paranoid landscape of ‘winners’ vs ‘losers’, we need to work together in crafting a world defined by win-win storylines where everyone keeps their human dignity, high above the snake pit.” – David Rosane
Stage 33 Live is located at 33 Bridge Street, on the island in Bellows Falls: two blocks down the stub from the intersection of Flat Iron Coffee Shop and Popolo Restaurant. Sunday, August 19. Doors at 5:00 PM, show at 6:00. Admission is a suggested $5 minimum donation. All ages are welcome.
Previously posted fanboy gushing follows.
Here’s a delightful surprise: David Rosane & The Zookeepers are gonna play Stage 33 Live on Sunday, August 19. Put it on your calendar now before you forget. Doors at 5, show at 6, suggested donation $5.
The Zookeepers are a multinational musical collective doing intellectually-driven indie nerd activist rock in full flagrant creative collaboration with post-punk power and protest rocker David Rosane. They also have a gentle side. We like everything about all of that.
The core Vermont-based Zookeepers are Bradford indie jazz wave duo Don Sinclair and Jennifer Grossi. The three of them are doing a Libary Benefit tour throughout Vermont this summer, raising money and awareness for literacy in small, rural, economically challenged communities (Because Libraries Rock!), and they’re aiming to fit in a show at Stage 33 Live near the end of that run. Cool.
This is what they had to say on their Facebook page about the library thing: “Here’s the deal. The real deal. Vermont has the highest number of libraries, artists, and one of the highest number of small businesses per capita in the entire country. In a world tipping towards zero-sum totalitarianism, a sad and hopelessly paranoid landscape of ‘winners’ vs ‘losers’, we as Vermont artists & small businesses, humanists, need to work together in crafting a world defined by non-zero-sum, win-win storylines, where everyone keeps their human dignity, high above the snake pit, the reptilian fray of Us vs Them. The reason all cash raised by our CD and digital download pre-order sales and our shows go to our rural libraries and their literacy programs, as we get to dress up and have fun and fill the tip jar. Go books. Go music sheets. Go planet.”
We’re still liking everything about all of this.
Seven Days said this about them: “If ever a band embodied the axiom ‘Think globally, act locally,’ it might be David Rosane and the Zookeepers. Rosane is a globe-trotting songwriter and activist who spends most of the year in Paris. But he has strong ties to Vermont… Rosane writes with an intellectual bent, expressing his passion for social issues in a carefully measured voice. That might sound like a recipe for insufferable proselytizing. However, the results are anything but.”
Lotta their press is in French – dude lives in Paris a lot – so here’s one for you French-speakers:
(For the rest of us, Google translates the caption like this: “Researcher-ornithologist journalist-writer the day, protest-songwriter ecologist at night, David Rosane, a native of Vermont [USA], would be perhaps the missing link between Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Ian McCulloch, his participation to many groups [David & Lucie, Neon Campfire, OD, Blade, Stereo Child, Monkey Business, Seaton, Almost and many more …] could testify. It would be easy to classify it in your disco between Springsteen, Orbison, Dylan, Guthrie, Bonnie Prince Billie and Joseph Arthur.”)