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Rock band offering new sound in Burly


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One band promises to satisfy concert-goers hungry for new music.

Midnight Snack, a self-described art-rock band will be hitting the stage at ArtsRiot May 4.

The six-piece psych-folk-rock band will stop by Burlington on their Northeast tour that kicked off April 22 in their hometown of Asheville, North Carolina.

The sextet includes UVM alumna Katie Richter ’14 on trumpet and vocals, Meryll Davis on percussion and vocals and recent Berklee College of Music graduates Jack Victor on vocals and drums, Mike Johnson on guitar and keyboard, Peter Brownlee on bass and Zack Kardon on guitar.

Richter previously played in Bumpy Jones, a Burlington-based band, and in the Latin Jazz Ensemble with Ray Vega and the UVM Jazz Ensemble with Alex Stewart during her time at UVM.

Traditional labels like rock and folk don’t do Midnight Snack justice, Victor said. The band draws on influences ranging from dream-pop to psych-rock, he said, extending their sound from the far corners of guitar driven rock to more experimental psych and dance music, he said.

The group moved from Boston to Asheville about a year ago, and has been developing their sound for their latest album, set to release this fall, Victor said. The album will be written and recorded completely in-house and will feature some mixing from Johnson and Brownlee.

Victor said the band finds inspiration in many places. “We try to use an image or concept as a cohesive thread [and then go from there],” he said.

The band has previously played at Burlington venues like Radio Bean and Nectar’s, but this will be their first time at ArtsRiot.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and will feature opening acts from Cricket Blue and Erin Cassels-Brown.

The band will also play live on WRUV’s Exposure segment from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. before heading downtown to the show.

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