Head For The Hills at the The Fox Theatre
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?”)
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
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.
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.