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Friday, April 17, 2009

The End of an Era: Tick Tick Booking Calls it Quits

Words can't convey — at least at the moment — how unhappy I am to have to report this, but Tick Tick has just announced they are ending their booking operations, effective pretty much immediately. They will have one final show, Monday, April 27 at The Monkey House. Once I've had a few minutes to wrap my head around this, I'll try and weigh in with some parting thoughts later this afternoon. But for now . . . sigh.

Here is the farewell letter, in its entirety, that they posted this morning on their website:

Dear everyone,

Tick Tick Booking is officially entering retirement. 

Please join us on Monday, April 27 at the Monkey House for our final show and going away party, featuring Son of Salami, Black Feelings, Ponytail, Think About Life, and DJs Drew Stock and Mike Device. 

When we started booking bands in Burlington three years ago, our vision was to bring the music we wanted to see and the city we love together.  Burlington’s location in the northeast made it seem sensible to ask our favorite bands to stop here.  And they did, and people started showing up to see them, and we kept asking bands that said yes, and so we asked our dream bands, and they said yes too. 

We are proud to have connected Vermont to so many other places through our shows, and we are grateful that we’ve been able to experience so many wonderful happenings with you all, as Burlington develops a fuller and more viable underground music scene.   

The three of us are looking forward to relaxing and moving on to other projects.  Nick Mavadones will continue to be the lighthouse of Burlington music on his blog, ( and will try to maintain regular sleeping hours.  Julia Lewandoski is ghost-writing a novel and gardening.  Dale Donaldson II is drawing and giving drawing lessons to a nine-year-old, and considering art school.  Graham Keegan will continue to run Tick Tick Printing as a business and is thinking of moving to La-La-Land. 

We consider everyone that has played music, designed something, done a thankless job, hung posters, told someone to come, carried a PA, let us borrow stuff, promoted us on the radio, let us use their space, hosted a band, never came but said something nice, paid extra at the door, paid at the door, bought t-shirts, or just showed up, a part of Tick Tick.  So thank you.   

We would like to thank, first, EVERYONE, and then this short list:

Graham Keegan, Matt Malenczak, Ben Mayer, Mike Device, Drew Stock, Eric Olsen, Molly Greene, Colin Patrick Charles, Meryl Lebowitz, Myesha Gosselin, Eric Eichmann, Chris Dunkel, Max Schwartz, RUCCHI, Steven Hazen Williams, Turkey P, Clark Derbes, Dan Munzig, Colin Clary, Paddy Reagan, Ryan Smith, Ryan Power, Joey Pizza Slice and Miss Marbles, Nick Mitchell, Shawn Grady, Phinneus Junktique, Lee & Jason, Brian Sweeney, Alana Smith, Alaina Janack, Karen Unsworth, Bob Kilpatrick, Dan Bolles, Brent Hallenbeck, Natalie and Roxanne, Jim Lockridge, Joe Beaulieu, Noah Gordon, Emma Hazlett, Alex Budney, Julia Roth, Jeremy Hadley, Owen Ashworth, Phil Elverum, Liggy, Troy Levy, Kellie Fleury, Luke Awtry, Austin Sirch, Davin and Hannah, Jaime Leclerc, Drew Cameron, Katie Nelson, Amanda Sanfillipo, Greg Davis, Vanessa Fatton, Emily Hilliard, Sara Armstrong, Mandy Davis, Wes Buckley, Luke Eddie Lauren Nathan & Sam Quest, Jan Lewandoski, Rachel Hexter, Ann Lawless, Jig Gresser, Dave Tanych, Matt Hagen, Tyson, Bridget Burns, Michael Sundue, Hilary Martin, Leslie, Noah Hoose, Matt White, Sam, Rob Ticho, Jon Will, Sarah Infoshop, Benjy Adler, Rose Montgomery, Tara Jensen, Adam DeMartino, Libby , Bobby Hackney, Julia Cerbone, Brooke Morrison, John Henry Donner, Mara Bethel, Dan Seigel, Katie Butt, Ruth Erickson

Perfect Day Media, False 45th, Myers Bagels, the UVM Lane Series, WRUV, The Radiator, Bear Cub Productions, the Monkey House, Speaking Volumes, Kriya, Big Heavy World, the Bobbin, Royal Cycles, the city of Montreal, Invisible City Booking, Panache Booking, Kork Booking, the Billions Corporation, Windish Booking, Battery Street Jeans, Green Door Studio, the Firehouse Gallery, Aether Everywhere, Nu New Age Tapes, Grimeology Records, ISKRA, North End Studio, the Bakery, Radio Bean, the Second Floor, the Stannard Historical Society, Penny Cluse, Uncommon Grounds, Euro Gourmet, Recycle North, SEABA, Burlington Unitarian Universalist Society, Rachel and RMB Sound, Maven, Skinny Pancake, Main Street Landing, the Tinderbox Collective, White River Junction, the Main Street Museum, Center for Cartoon Studies, the BPD, Seven Days, Burlington Free Press, Phoebe Magazine, FutureClaw, the OP, Handy’s, 242 Main, Pure Pop, the Batcave, Kasini House,

Abigal Lapell, Adventure, Agnes Palier, Akron/Family, Anna Pardenik, Arbouretum, Arrah and The Ferns, A Snake in the Garden, Bat Attack, Beach House, Bellflur, Big Suit, Birds and Beasts, Black Feelings, Blowtorch, Blue Leader, Bocca Chica, BONJOUR HI! Dance Party, Brenda, Bridget Martin, Brown Bird, The Capstan Shafts, Castanets, Casey Dienel and the Flapjacks, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Charlambides, Chow Nasty, Chris Brokaw, Christian Wolff, CLUES, CONCERN, Crinkles, Cuddle Magic, Cursillistas, Dead Unicorn, Death Set, Death Vessel, Deleted Scenes, DJ Baby Bantam, DJ Classic Hits, DJ David Goliath, DJ Divorce Party, DJ Gris Gris, DJ Llu, DJ Mix by Force , DJ ZJ, Doby Watson, The Donkeys, Don Browrigg, Drew Stock , Duane Pitre, Dust From 1000 Years, Dygn, Dynasty, Echoes Still Singing Limbs, Elfin Saddle, Emperor X, Evan Miller, The Evens, Fantastic Dungeon, Farm, Fiasco, Fighter, Forrest Mulerath, Future Islands, Genevieve et Matthieu, Get Him Eat Him, Greg Davis, HARMONIZER, Hello Shark, Health, HEARTTHROBZ, Hercules & Love Affair, The Hero Cycle, Horse Back, Horse Feathers, I Am Hidden and I Am Not, Imaad Wasif with Two Part Beast, In Memory of Pluto, Infinity Window, Jack Wright, James Kochalka Superstar, James Tenney, Jason Kahn, Jason Anderson, Jazz Guys, Jenny Montana and the Fancy Pants, Jess Clemons, Johanna Kunin, Jon Mueller, June Debris, Kamikaze Hearts, Karl Blau, Killer Whales, Kira Kira, Kris Gruen, Kurt Wiesman, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Laura Gibson, Lendway, Let’s Whisper, Lexie Mountain Boys, Lizz King, Loch Lomond, Luke Temple, Lullatone, Lisa/liza, The Mae Shi, Marie Claire, Matthew Loiacono, Metal Feathers, Mi3, Micah Blue Smaldone, Mike Device, Mike Tamburo, Miracle Fortress, Missy Bly, Mixylodian, Monotonix, Momster, Moonbank, Mount Eerie, Musee Mecanique, Nat Baldwin, Nethers, Nick Jaina, Noa Babayof, Nosebleed Island, Nuda Veritas, Oak, Off Minor, Oh So Insidious, Old Believer, Olivier Toulemonde, Paleo, Paddy Reagan, Paper Castles, Phosphorescent, Papercuts, Pink Bacon, Pontiak, Ponytail, Pretty & Nice, Raccoo-oo-oon, Ramona Cordova, Real Life Time Machines, Remote Islands, Rough Francis, Ruth Garbus, Ryan Power, S(band)EX, Sarah Mangle, Screaming Females, Sean Hood, Shapes and Sizes, Sharon Van Etten, Sinaloa, Sister Suvi, Small Sur, Small is Beautiful, The Smittens, Steph Clark, STEREO WARMUP! Dance party, Stellar OM Source, Strand of Oaks, Sun Circle, Swale, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra La La Band, The Berg Sans Nipple, The Depreciation Guild, The Devil Music Ensemble, The Engines, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Persian Claws, The Robot Ate Me, The Vacant Lots, The Wailing Wall, These United States, There Were Valleys, Think About Life, Tiger Saw, Tom Carter, To Bad Catholics, To the Trees, Toby Aronson, Tooth Ache, Truman Peyote, Tullycraft, Twin Cats, Vandermark 5, Velella Velella, Video Hippos, Viking Moses, Visitations, VIVA RADIO DJs, Voles, Vultures of Cult, We Versus The Shark, White Hinterland, Will Johnson, Women, Wye Oak.

And worthy others who we inevitably forgot. Thank You.

Nick, Dale and Julia -- Tick Tick Booking  


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