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Michael Roberts - Live from The Underground


The Live from The Underground (LFTU) performance series kicks off its 3rd season on Thursday, July 21st at 7 pm with one of Vermont’s most talented songwriters and performers, Michael Roberts. Seven Days has called Roberts "a Vermont treasure" and he has shared bills with Iris Dement, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and the Devil Makes Three.

Hailing from the southernmost Vermont town of Guilford and fronting the alt-country project Wooden Dinosaur as well as his honky-tonk collective Rear Defrosters, Michael will share tunes from his most recent album Sympathizer as well as songs from his two-decades plus catalog.


Recorded during the pandemic, the songs on Sympathizer reflect some of those themes, as Michael and his wife swapped work from home duties with remote schooling for their daughters, and thus the album is a family affair of sorts. As Michael says on his Bandcamp page: “My daughter Iris deserves credit for naming this album. After a few weeks of jams, she asked me if I could set up the sympathizers for her again one afternoon.”


The first hour of Thursday’s ticketed show will be livestreamed on The Underground - Listening Room page on Facebook and on Bandcamp, and also broadcast on local radio station WCVR (Central Vermont radio) from 7-8pm. The second set will be for live patrons only at the venue housed at 24 Pleasant Street in Randolph, Vermont.


In its 3rd year, the Live from The Underground series will feature a new format alternating songs and interview segments with LFTU host Jamie Gage, as well as audience questions via our in-house crowd and the Internet beyond. Owner and audio engineer Vincent Freeman will once again hold down the A/V and webstreaming duties, with assistance help from James Cross, Babs Mills and local interns.


To get tickets to Thursday night’s show, go to https://solo.to/theundergroundvt. To learn more about Michael Roberts and listen to his new album in advance of this Thursday’s show, find him on Bandcamp at https://songsofmichaelroberts.bandcamp.com/album/sympathizer.

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