03 Nov, 2012

Head For The Hills at the The Fox Theatre

The combination of Fruition String Band and Head For The Hills at The Fox last Saturday was a warm brandy-colored infusion that went down completely smooth and friendly-like.

The evening started out on a bright harmonious note courtesy of Portland based Fruition String Band, with special guest fiddler Bridget Law (Elephant Revival). It was Fruition’s first time playing at The Fox, but it seemed to me like they were plenty comfortable on the stage. I arrived right after being at the new eTown hall, and it was fortuitous that I walked in just as they were playing a Townes Van Zandt song, Loretta. (coincidentally, Patrick Dethlefs also played Loretta acoustically at eTown, and later that night Nick Forster and Danny Barnes took the stage. Danny has toured with Fruition. Huh. Can anyone say “big ups Boulder music scene?”)

Fruition String Band with Bridget Law (Elephant Revival) on fiddle.

Fruition String Band with Bridget Law (Elephant Revival) on fiddle.

Ok, I’m going to say it then. Big ups to the Boulder music scene. Is anyone else noticing what is happening here? More on this in a bit.

In the meantime, I loved Fruition- the vocal harmonies provided by Mimi Naja – Mandolin/Vocals, Kellen Asebroek – Acoustic Guitar/Vocals, and Jay Cobb Anderson – Electric Guitar/Harmonica/Vocals, were soul warming and soothing all at the same time. The rhythms provided by Keith Simon – Upright Bass and Tyler Thompson – Drums added a folk/rock feeling. I was struck by the fullness of sound from the combination of their voices and instruments on songs like Wastin’ Away.  Check out this video of  Fruition performing “Get In” with Brigit Law at The Fox: http://youtu.be/jNsM5xL9vj8

Kellen Asebroek & Jake Cobb of Fruition.

Kellen Asebroek & Jake Cobb of Fruition.

Jake Cobb of Fruition

Jake Cobb of Fruition

 

Bridget Law of Elephant Revival

Bridget Law of Elephant Revival

By the time Head For The Hills took the stage, the room took on a rosy glow. The Fort Collins based band showcased their range of genres and soundscapes by performing songs such as Time to Spare and Yes’s Owner of a Lonely Heart. The  individual and collective musicianship of  Adam Kinghorn (Guitar), Michael Chappell (Mandolin), Joe Lessard (Fiddle) and Matt Loewen (Bass) were on full display. It’s no wonder they have earned accolades such as “SxSW Critics Pick” selection by the Austin Statesman, a featured NPR radio appearance, & a nod for “Best Bluegrass” in Colorado for 3 consecutive years (2010-2012), via a reader’s based poll conducted by Westword Magazine. There were clearly a lot of folks enjoying their music, and most danced all night long.

“Sloppy” Joe Lessard of Head for the Hills

“Sloppy” Joe Lessard of Head for the Hills

Matt Loewen of Head for the Hills

Matt Loewen of Head for the Hills

Adam Kinghorn of Head for the Hills

Adam Kinghorn of Head for the Hills

Michael Chappel’s mandolin.

Michael Chappel’s mandolin.

Head For The Hills

Head For The Hills

So, back to our local music scene. There’s something happening around here. If you are reading this post, you might be excited about local music, like I am. There are all kids of shows happening in our town on a regular basis, and I am thankful for that. Supporting our local venues and independent radio allows music of all genres to grow and thrive in our community.  Radio 1190 connects us, educates us, and fosters an “advantageous spirit” (quote via Head For The Hills interview on Radio 1190).

Check out the Radio 1190 interview with Head For The Hills: http://soundcloud.com/radio-1190/head-for-the-hills

Photos and review by Kirsten Cohen of Sonic Goddess.

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