Friday Night Rap History meets funky roots reggae and soulful jams!
JARV and Adwela & The Uprising
Have you seen this young man yet? I have. I am going to check out what HE has to say about the history of rap. I was BORN to it. I am twice his age. I remember when rap broke mainstream and I pounded it on my yellow Magnavox beatbox and frightened my conservative middle class parents. No more Debbie Gibson for me! The Princess went sour. Thank you Grand Master Flash!!!! Ahhhh memories.... This is one talented local young artist with serious skills and I am interested in what he has to say about rap history and culture. The Princess is going in stilettos with a jubilant attitude. Because it is FREE and this kid is going places, don't believe the Princess knows talent? Check him out. Click said linkage. And check out my updates after the weekend. Will you let me get a picture Jarv?
I am going to follow up my Friday night by swinging back to Windsor and checking out these guys Adwela & The Uprising. I have been meaning to see them. I love reggae and they have a huge schedule. I have heard they are stunning. I really have zero info on them and I am excited about that. It will be a learning curve to see what type of crowd they bring in and what the vibe will be. They are playing at the Windsor Station Restaurant & Barroom, and if you have not been there it is an absolute gem tucked away in historic Windsor, VT. It is a gorgeous place full of history and restoration. I myself do not partake of the "dinning" much but a couple dates have brought me there and the menu is implausible (ask me), the history and architecture of the building is candid of a mid-century train station and tells a great story, while the interior is modern in a warm rustic Vermont style. The bar staff is always genial, please top them well. Come check it out. The owners pack in music on the regular. Pics and updates to follow on this epic Friday night and below I have included a lil' Wikipedia blurb for those that love historical facts. Hope to see you there!
As the first town in Vermont to break ground for the railroad, Windsor briefly leaped to the forefront of mid-19th century commercial development. Around the turn of the century, when Windsor's original 1847 railway station burned, the Burlingtoncontractors Mason & Co. were hired to build "a good type of a modern Railway Station...after the standard design of the Central Vermont Railway Company." Complete with electric lights throughout, a modern hot water heater, birch veneer side seating, and separate waiting rooms for men and women, the new station was to cost about $10,000 and be completed by January 1, 1901.
Like many railway stations erected during this period, the Central Vermont's standard design combined function with style. The low hipped roof (a Romanesque feature) extends beyond the wall surface creating a large over-hang to shelter a waiting platform. Decorative brackets and columns support the roof and round arched windows and doors penetrate the four façades, typical of the style. The verge or barge board, a wooden ornamental motif along the eaves, was borrowed from the Gothic Revival style, a contemporary of the Romanesque. Many of the original materials used to build the station remain intact, such as the yellow pine interior sheathing, buff pressed brick, and window and door sills of Barre granite. The sounds and vibrations of the train rushing down the tracks completes this preserved early 20th century environment.
A 1-1/2 story building of brick construction, the station's long, rectangular form is dominated by an expansive hip roof which overhangs the walls 6-1/2 feet and is supported by bracketed, wood outriggers. The west (front) and east (trackside) elevations are punctuated by round-arched fenestration, three doors with flanking windows on the east and alternating doors and windows on the west. Near the south end of the west facade, the eaves line of the hip roof is broken by a projecting gable with decorative infill in the peak which covers a projecting pavilion with a pair of round-arched windows. On the east elevation in a corresponding position a station agent's office projects in a similar fashion but also projects through the hip roof, without breaking the line of the eaves, and terminates in the form of a gable-roofed dormer. The building's round-arched fenestration is visually tied together by belt course slightly below impost level.
Windsor Station Restaurant & Barroom
Since 1976, restaurants have opened and closed. In 2008, NL Wilson purchased the building and business—and operated as Windsor Station Pub until October 2011. In April 2013, Jonathan and Stacy Capurso purchased the empty building and began a full restoration and upgrade. They currently operate The Windsor Station Restaurant & Barroom."