This week’s Compass

Local Music Spotlight

Who: Loose Cannons Band
What: Classic covers
Sounds Like: The Band, Grateful Dead

Loose Cannons plays a versatile mix of blues, country, bluegrass, reggae, and rock and roll.

Randy Budner has been with the band for four years, doing lead and back-up vocals and lead and rhythm guitar John Sanchez joined three years ago on lead and rhythm guitar as well as lead and back-up vocals. Sanchez originally joined the band as a mandolin player easily moved to when the time came.

Dennis Ulatowski joined a year ago on drums and percussion. joined in the last year. The newest member of the group, bass player Mike Schwarz, is perhaps the most seasoned, with 35 years experience playing with different blues, rock and country bands in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.

Budner feels that one of the keys to the band’s success is their shared vision of what they want to do musically from both an artistic and marketing perspective. He says, “Enjoying the music is paramount. Knowing what we are and focusing on our strengths is right up there as well.”

The band will be part of the upcoming Claremont Brew Fest in September. They can be also booked for private functions through the website.

Upcoming Gigs:

Thursday, March at 7:30 p.m. – Apres Ski at Whaleback Mountain Resort in Enfield
Friday, March 12 at 9:00 p.m. – Silver Fern Bar and Grille in Claremont
Saturday, March 13 at 3:30 p.m. – Apres Ski at Polar Bear Pub, Mt. Ascutney Resort Base Lodge
Saturday, March 27 at 3:30 pm – Spring Fling Event at Polar Bear Pub, Mt. Ascutney Resort Base Lodge

Mark your calendar

What: Stonewall & Spectris
Where: Alyson’s Orchard, 57 Alyson’s Lane off Rt. 12 in Walpole
When: Saturday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Musicians and charitable deeds go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Two local rockers, Stonewall and Spectris, are often seen lending support to a worthy cause. This time around it’s Drewsville Head Start, an organization providing preschool education to low-income children, that is the object of their largesse.

“It’s a cause that means a lot to use,” wrote Spectris guitarist Chris Bergmann on the band’s web site. “Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing social and cognitive development through the provision of educational, health, nutritional and other services to enrolled children and families. They need us.”

Details about ticket prices can be found on the web at and

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