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July 15, 2013

Alpenglow Play at Church Street's Let It Rain Concert Series


Weather permitting, a walk down Burlington's Church Street will generally put you in contact with two things: dogs and live music. Of the former, most are leashed and owned. Of the latter, most is free. And because of its free-ness, live music might appear to passersby as a gift from the gods — or maybe the Church Street Marketplace Commission.

 A conversation with Peter Coccoma of Alpenglow, who played for last Wednesday night’s Let It Rain Concert Series, offers an earthly perspective.

 The five-piece folk-rock band took the stage only 10 days after completing a monthlong tour.

 “We went from Portland, Maine, to North Carolina and everywhere in between,” said Coccoma. “We played 22 shows in 30 days.”

They returned to their Burlington base in good spirits, a condition that defied the preemptive warnings of fellow musicians.

“Everyone says you’re gonna fight and hate each other," explains Coccoma. "I was happy to have a week off, but I’m ready to get back and play more shows, which is a good feeling because this is the indefinite future.”

 As for Alpenglow’s future, an album release is due in October. Beyond that, Coccoma seems content with indefiniteness.

 “I feel like a lot of times in the music industry, and any industry, really, we’re always thinking about the future and what could be and where I want to be,” said Coccoma.

“I try to keep in perspective that, even if this [doesn't last], someday I could tell my kids that I played in a cool band and they were all my friends and we made great music and I went to all these cities and it was fun.”

 The Let It Rain Concert Series is part of the Connecting the Drops installation. Painted rain barrels positioned throughout downtown Burlington bring awareness to the issue — especially relevant this summer — of stormwater management.

(Full disclosure: Seven Days and Kids VT are media sponsors of Connecting the Drops. This Wednesday, July 17, Montréal singer-songwriter Leif Volbekk and another unnamed artist will take the Let It Rain stage.)





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