Thursday February 21, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Tritium Well makes its debut in Brattleboro on Saturday as one of the featured acts in the Power Shift 2 dance party thrown by the SAGE Alliance, at the Stone Church from 7 to 11 p.m.

Rocking and irradiating the Northeast Kingdom since 2010, the five-piece band joins Gangly Heart and The Diamondstones.

Tritium Well was founded by Bobby Farlice-Rubio, an educator at the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury. "One of the most fun classes I’ve ever taught was called ‘What’s the Matter?’ and it was about the Periodic Table of the Elements." To keep the kids engaged, he played "The Elements" by satirist singer-songwriter Tom Lehrer, who had worked as a researcher at the Los Alamos national nuclear lab, and was a mathematics professor at Harvard and MIT. "The only problem is that Mr. Lehrer’s cadence is so fast that many kids couldn’t understand the names of the elements."

Farlice-Rubio recorded "The Element" at a slower tempo with a roots reggae flavor, and it started his solo recording career as Bobby and the Isotopes. Eventually he was joined by Nicolas Anzalone on violin, David Lapham on guitar, Linda Warnaar on drums and Kevin Colosa on bass and theramin. The band was nameless until they learned about contamination from tritium leaks at Vermont Yankee. Tritium Well is pumped to bring their eclectic mix of radioactive roots and reggae to Vermont Yankee’s evacuation zone for the first time.

A psychedelic rock jam band, The Diamondstones play the college circuit from their base in Amherst, Mass. Brothers Ben and Nick Pop on guitar and drums are joined by guitarist Ashton Lutenegger, Jen G on bass and Joshua Rosberg on keyboards and saxophone. They headlined the 2012 Power Shift party.

Gangly Heart, featuring anti-nuclear activist and satirist Court Dorsey -- aka Will Nukem -- will kick off the night. There will be a new comedy sketch by Suzy Polucci and Dorsey, information on upcoming actions and the latest news. Free snacks, drinks and finger foods will be served.

The SAGE Alliance organizes non-violent direct actions to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor. The 2012 Power Shift party kicked off a month of actions which culminated on March 22, the day Yankee began operating without a state permit when 1,500 citizens marched from the Brattleboro Common to Entergy’s offices, where 137 people were arrested for trespassing.

SAGE Alliance is organizing "Voices of Fukushima" actions on March 9-11, and a "Leaks, Lies and Lawyers" march and forum on March 30.

Power Shift 2 is open by donation of $5-10. For more information, contact Nikki Sauber at 508-203-0769 or visit www.sagealliance.net/Powershift2.