It’s an hour or so before Dave Keller’s Soul Revue takes to the stage on a Saturday night in
Burlington. Music technicians
are plugging in guitars, sound-checking microphones and
tightening pieces of the drum kit.
As the crew meticulously preps
for a few hours of horn-infused
rock ‘n’ roll, the dinner crowd sits
eating and watching while the
venue, ArtsRiot, transforms into
a music hall.
As Keller’s microphone levels
are fine-tuned (a monotone “check
one, two, three, four, five …” pops
from the speakers), a waitress
drops off a pair of signature
“400 Burgers” at a table. The
diners are there to see Keller’s
gig, but before the saxophones
wail and Keller leans into a
guitar solo, there is food to eat.
Good food, too, from an ever-changing menu that, like most
of Vermont’s trendier eateries,
Sure, it is a hipster hangout,
but it’s also the place the
local Parent Teacher
Organization wants to hold
its fundraising dinner. It’s
a fun place — the kind of
place people want to go.