Henhouse Prowlers & Hog MaGundy 10.24.14
Fort Collins, CO
Words, Photos & Video By Nicholas Stock (Fat Guerilla Productions)
One of Chicago’s premiere bluegrass exports the Henhouse Prowlers made their way through Fort Collins with a stop at Avogadro’s Number. Avo's hosted HHP as their headliner for the 2nd Annual Avograss Bluegrass Festival at the end of July. This was their first time back and they choose Colorado Slopgrass experts Hog MaGundy to support. Avogadro’s Number continues to fly under the radar at times, but that was not the case at this particular show. I arrived to see the tables pushed back with plenty of dancing room laid out. The format was a four set sandwich with Henhouse playing two in the middle.
The Henhouse Prowlers gave the now standing audience two sets of powerfully effective bluegrass. This four-piece string band from Chicago is all business in their firmly pressed suits and flawless delivery; their lyrics being the main diversion from purist bluegrass. The Henhouse Prowlers are world travelers who have performed in Africa as well as Europe a handful of times over the last few years. They performed a bluegrass version of Nigerian R&B duo P-Square’s “Chop My Money.” They continued the World theme with a dance-inducing version of Toots and The Maytals’ “Pressure Drop.” The Prowlers also played several originals including “Breaking Ground” and a dark “Shadow of the Man.” During their short set break the band members mingled with the crowd.
Hog MaGundy came back to the stage for a short closing set. They opened with “Love Will Not Change” into “Colorado Girl.” Around this time I began the ritual of closing my tab and saying my goodbyes. This was a great night of acoustic music all around. Hog MaGundy with their diverse blending of musical voices and strong attention to song craft were the perfect compliment to the Henhouse Prowlers. Furthermore, the Prowlers bring a level of class and musical aptitude that is a rare combination these days. Both of these bands deserve your attention. Check them out.
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