Twiddling thumbs, and more

Last Friday night, Pearl Street was popping. Numerous characters hopped in and out of bars throughout the night, taking advantage of Holiday drink specials and live acts. At Jillian’s, local blues veterans Sly Fox and the Hustlers opened up for emerging Vermont-based jam and funk band Twiddle.

Sly Fox had the slowly growing crowd mildly moving to their original songs but when they covered Jimi Hendrix’s “Stone Free” and a funky version of a James Brown song, familiarity provoked the dancing shoes to begin twist and shuffle.

Not long after eleven, the Killer from the Scream trilogies, a pirate-complete with red and white stripped cut-off pants and a Peter Pan hat, and two gentlemen dressed in flashy, glittery, and eccentric clothing started tuning their instruments. Without any prior knowledge, these characters could have just been seen as young hooligans, but their riffs and beats while just tuning and setting up justified their youthful talent.

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