Frogs Gone Fishin' & The Drunken Hearts w/ Special Guests 12.28.12
Words & Photos By Brad Yeakel
Next up was the She Said String Band. As the name hinted, the band was made up of four ladies singing and playing bluegrass in the traditional lineup of guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. They relied heavily on the upright bass for timing since they lacked drums, and their bassist delivered. On the whole, I thought the songs were presented in a very simple and traditional way. The solo work was not very flashy, but it was adequate. They covered "I Will Survive" and transitioned into "Eat My Dust," a well-written instrumental bluegrass song. That was when I started to get impressed. I believe that these ladies have the potential to be great entertainers, but they need to put a little bit of work into their solos and their improvisations in general.
The Drunken Hearts took the stage, and Andrew McConathy entertained us with a traditional sound of good vibe mountain music. McConathy has organized one of CO's finest music festivals, YarmonyGrass, and the band's sound seemed to mimic the vibe as I was reminded of several artists with Yarmony on their resumes. This show was billed as the String Cheese Incident New Year's Run Pre-Party, and the Cheese's own Jason Hann made an appearance on hand drums for a handful of tunes. He fell effortlessly into their arrangements like it was meant to be, and continued through the remainder of their set. By that point, I was primed for the three nights of String Cheese at Broomfield, and received word that all of our expected guests had arrived after each one faced delayed, rerouted, and cancelled flights.
In closing, athletes and musicians warm up before they perform. They stretch, they jog, they gradually get the muscles loosened up. Friday night at the Gothic was my warmup. I got in some concert calisthenics, some rage'roebics, and some party-o-vascular exercise and am nice and limber for the shows. It's nice to stretch out. Now put on those party pants, and let's get out there team!
Brad's Photo Gallery