New Jam! Quarantine Creativity…

Very exciting news: there’s a hot new jam, and you can hear it now (and see the AMAZING music video)! The Grift teamed up with our good friends at Lawson’s Finest Liquids to kick off LFL’s new virtual music series. In addition to brewing amazing beer, Sean and Karen Lawson are also passionate music fans who reached out to us asking how they could help local musicians affected by The COVID-19 Pandemic. Thank you, Lawsons!

It was super fun to collaborate remotely with the other Grift lads, and this song is a testament to the positivity, fun and creativity that are still abundant these days, against all odds. Yes, most of what’s going on in this crazy new normal is a colossal bummer for fans and musicians both. As you are likely aware, live music is in a bit of a holding pattern right now.

The bad news: All Grift shows in the near future (currently looking into July?) are postponed, and no one is sure how long that will extend.

The good news: We are VERY MUCH looking forward to returning to a stage near you to share in the joy and energy of live music! It is going to be a triumphant return.

So go crank up the new jam and sip some sunshine! We’ll see you soon, we hope. Stay well, take care, stay positive.

3/14/20: update regarding upcoming show postponements

Dear friends and fans,

After much discussion and thought, we have decided to err on the side of caution and postpone tonight’s show at The LoFoSmoHo. It is not a decision taken lightly – we love nothing more than rocking a nice full house with all you lovely people and sharing in that amazing live music energy. But we feel compelled to do our bit to help reduce risks for everyone. Stay healthy y’all! We will keep you posted (on all our various channels of communication) Grift happenings in the near future. A propos: The Sugarbush show next Saturday 3/21 has been postponed, as well, part of Sugarbush canceling all live music at the mountain. In the meantime, go download some independent music, (The Grift “Live at Mad River Glen” is an excellent choice, yes!) crank it up and boogie those blues away. See you all soon.

With gratitude,
Clint, Jeff, Peter and Eric

The Grift and their umbrella of other original music projects

Many people like to ask when and where they can see The Grift play live – great question! Did you know there’s a complete gigs list on the website? (There’s a Grift website?) Start there. Mark your calendars. Good. Now, you’ll notice that there are other live music happenings listed in addition to The Grift, as such. The Grift is like a big musical umbrella from which sunshine and daydreams and new projects constantly flow forth in rays of blindingly brilliant creativity… something like that. Or maybe the boys are all a little musically ADD and have a million* different projects going on simultaneously. (Did you know that Clint and Peter are working on an album with Allan Nicholls, who, fun fact, fronted JB & The Playboys as they ruled the Canadian airwaves in the late 60’s. See?) Did you know Jeff is working on a solo album? So… if you enjoy The Grift, chances are you will also enjoy DoJo (80’s Bluegrass) Honey Well (with Russ Lawton on drums), duo acoustic shows with Clint and Peter, Dr. Jack (luscious 3 part harmonies featuring Clint and Lauren “Rhonda Jean” Bierman), Treetop Mansion (ooh, brand new! sounds like The Beach Boys partying with Imagine Dragons, swimming in a sea of 90s rock somewhere near Laurel Canyon… A whole album of new original songs to be released in 2020!) and so on. You can find updates on all those projects… and more! on thegrift.com. There. You are welcome. See you soon! Happy listening, and thanks for continuing to support independent music.

*not literally a million. but literally dozens, how about that?

Gratitude


photo by Benjamin D Bloom

We had a moment, as a band, basking in the post-show glow while packing up after the most recent Mad River Glen show: we realized just. how. fortunate we are to be able to play original music in a place as special as Mad River Glen for a room jam-packed with positive, beautiful, dancing, happy souls. We have always felt charged up and inspired and grateful for getting to play music for a living, and it continued to crystallize the other night. Thank you. Thanks for caring, for continuing to listen, and for bringing that positive energy into a collective groove. And here’s to many more years of that shared experience, and lots more music to come! Stay tuned for some recordings from that night, courtesy of the indomitable soundman/archivist Eric “Budward” Graham. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.

– Clint, Jeff, Peter and Andrew

Winter 2017-2018

Happy winter! Be sure to check our gigs list and facebook page for up-to-date show announcements. Middlebury, Valley, and Burlington peeps, we’re coming your way! In other exciting news, Clint and Peter’s top-secret new studio project is almost ready to share with the world! But not quite. So hang in there. It will be worth the wait, trust us.

Summer, Free concerts, The Grift, Vermont, oh yes.

Happy summer everybody – the swell season is here and we are soaking up every minute of glorious Vermont summer. (Dig it if you can!) We are so fortunate to have lots of amazing private parties to play this summer, and we also have a few events open to the poublic.  Mark your calendars, kids:

Friday, July 14 – Psyched to be back for the famous Waterbury Arts Fest Friday night block party! This year’s set will feature the one and only Josh Panda on vocals and high kicks, so expect some surprises in addition to your favorite Grift jams. Bring your dancin’ boots!  and wait, it’s FREE.  Such a cool event – downtown Waterbury (Stowe Street and Bidwell Lane) is transformed into a jubilee of food, beer, music, and dancing souls.  Good vibes abound!

Thursday, July 20 – Our first year at the Montgomery Summer Concert Series!  It promises to be a blasty – FREE concert, summer evening, top of Vermont.  Mazel! good things.

New Year’s Eve, happy winter 2017!

Greetings, Grift fans!

It’s shaping up to be a great Vermont winter – snow is flying and The Grift is rockin’… And what better way to bid 2016 adieu (anytime now, please) and welcome in The New Year than to get your boogie on with The Grift at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, VT! Yessir, it’s gonna be a hot one:

NYE with The Grift at Town Hall Theater
68 S Pleasant St, Middlebury, VT
Doors at 8PM, Music around 9
tix $15 in advance, $18 at the door – get ’em early folks!

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Sponsored by Middlebury’s own Otter Creek Brewing, who will be serving some of their newest beers, including a pilot batch that nobody, but nobody, has tasted yet. Boom! OCB specials all night long, and a free champagne toast at midnight.

See you there!!

 

Happy Holidays! The Grift with Josh Panda at Deerfield Academy. Photo credit Pete Nilsson

Happy Holidays! The Grift with Josh Panda at Deerfield Academy. Photo credit Pete Nilsson

Vermont summer!

Yes, indeed, summer is here and it is glorious. Just finished one of our annual summer traditions, a week-long immersive music workshop for high schoolers run by The Grift and friends. We call it Rock-It Science, and it. Was. Epic. Never ceases to amaze us how creative and talented these kids are…  The future of music is bright!

We are also grateful for the opportunity to make music for so many folks’ on their Special Day this summer – we have met so many lovely and amazing people already.  Thank you for choosing The Grift to kick your party up to the next level, it truly is one of our favorite things.

And a few select  Grift (original music) shows coming up,  as well as DoJo (our bluegrass alter-egos) Check the gigs page for full details, and mark your calendars:

  • Friday July 1 – The 1824 House in Waitsfield VT (Grift originals)
  • Friday July 8 – Waterbury Arts Festival (Grift AND DoJo!)
  • Tuesday, July 26 – Johnson, VT Free summer concert series (DoJo)
  • Friday, July 29 – Lincoln Peak Vineyard Middlebury VT (Grift)
  • Wednesday, August 3 – Waitsfield “Round Up” (DoJo)
  • Friday, August 12 – Sweet Melissa’s Montpelier VT (DoJo)
  • Friday, August 19 – Vermont Music Festival Kenyon Farm Waitsfield, VT (Grift)
  • Saturday, August 20 – HOP JAM!  (Grift and DoJo)

See you at a show!  And enjoy summer – it is a fleeting and beautiful thing in this part of the world.

 

New CD and Merch! Release Party!

Grift CD - Live at Mad River Glen

Lots of good things in Grift-land, folks: the new CD, “Live at Mad River Glen,” is hot of the press! It sounds and looks amazing, and we are so excited to share it with you. (You can check out a track on the band page of the site.) We will celebrate the release of this energetic, rock/jam-tastic live album on Saturday February 20, 2016 at Mad River Glen.  Music starts at 5pm, be there or be square.

and check this out, this is fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sN93K-Oib0&feature=em-upload_owner#action=share

and we have new merch! (CDs, obviously) but new t-shirts and a limited run of full-zip hoodies.  They will be available for sale at live shows for now, and eventually through a web store on this site. Though… they will sell out quickly, so come see the band live, for goodness sake.

 

My Post-Traumatic Cruise Ship Cabaret!

Vivi and The Boroshenko Brothers

Vivi and The Boroshenko Brothers

Vivi Donovan and The Fleeing Boroshenko Brothers are back!  That’s right, folks, the Grift boys return to their stage acting careers in an updated, revised, still-funny-as-hell version of My Post-Traumatic Cruise Ship Cabaret! Starring the mesmerizing Vanessa Dunleavy as Vivi Donovan with The Grift as her Belarusian backing band.  Book and lyrics by the immensely talented Dana Yeaton, music by Clint, Dana and Peter.  We were particularly blessed this time around to have the amazing Guy Stroman from NYC (co-creator, Forever Plaid) directing the show – we are spending the week sequestered in tiny Rochester, VT getting everything dialed in, and you are in for a treat! The show is magnificent, quite frankly.  (are we biased? maybe.  but still.) Need more encouragement?  Jeronimus Boroshenko (played by Jeff) has lines this time!  Yup, it’s true.

Rochester Auditorium (at The Rochester School) Route 100, Rochester VT

Friday and Saturday Jan. 8 and 9 at 7:30 pm and Sunday Jan. 10 at 2pm

check out clips from April’s performance here