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Photos and words by LeRoy Pristach
Many non-musicians, when thinking about a “tour” of a favorite band or solo musician, conjure a mental image of a dimly lit dive bar somewhere, filled to the brim with people who love said band or music just as much as they. They probably imagine the band finds success at every turn. And, as a former touring musician, allow me to speak for your fave indie group by saying thank you SO much for thinking that we are/were that good!
However, the truth of the matter is many young, indie label-signed bands without tour support play their mind-blowing, fantastic, from-the-gods music for five patrons and skeleton crew of bar staff. Maybe there’s a bigger show down the block. Maybe the weather keeps everyone inside. Whatever the reason, many A+ performances end up being witnessed by next to no one–which is why it’s so important to buy merch, but that’s another article altogether)
Last Saturday, Moonrise Nation, a wonderful, mind-blowingly good, from-the-gods indie group gave a pretty damn good performance to five or so patrons and a few bar staff (a couple of which were off the clock and just hanging out, so…however you’d categorize them), and you missed it!
This indie-folk-pop trio from Chicago know how to create some heavenly sounds. With spot-on vocal harmonies, masterful use of keys and strings, and a stage presence that captivates throughout the entire set, these talented ladies are going somewhere. Again, you missed it.
Along for the ride was tour-mate Emily Blue, an absolutely mesmerizing solo stage performer and songwriter. Another master of her craft creating pop music with a point. But again, you missed it.
And to finish off your list of missed wonders: local Lawrence openers The Ovaries-ees (over easies, get it?) and Kansas City’s Crystal Rose. (You missed CRYSTAL ROSE!)
So, for the record, think twice before you miss shows with such a talented line-up. Don’t be the fan that stays at home. Oh, and BUY MERCH!
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