Old Shoe & Ethereal Groove Inc. 3.19.15
Hodi’s Half Note
Fort Collins, CO
Words & Photos By Nicholas Stock (Fat Guerilla Productions)
Old Shoe is a ridiculously talented group hailing from the slowly thawing tundra of Chicago. They are a folk-focused jam band with an intrinsic love for the Grateful Dead. This group blends elements of acoustic, bluegrass, rock, jam, country and Americana. Much like the name Old Shoe insinuates, they create a very comfortable music that feels right at home from the first note. Old Shoe announced a four show run up the Front Range that included stops at the newly minted Owsley’s Golden Road in Boulder, Quixote’s, and Hodi’s Half Note. I caught their last night here in Fort Collins. When I arrived, I met a friend who inquired if the show had been cancelled due to the obvious lack of bodies inside of Hodi’s. The combination of poor promotion and the fact that it was Spring Break for CSU meant that the turnout was nonexistent. By the time Old Shoe took the stage, there were about 14 people in the room.
Old Shoe was unfazed by the lack of people. The band emerged from the darkness and proceeded to give us a huge set filled to the brim with classics and covers. They opened up with a beautiful original, “Welcome Home.”
Set One: Welcome Home, Oneida County, Freak Flag, Don't Do It, Beer, Mouth of the Lion, Atlantic City, Loco Motive, Dustbowl, Day Rains Night, They Love Each Other, Wouldstock, Could You Be Loved, Star, Terrapin Station
Encore: Ellsworth, Kush
Many bands when faced with such a small audience would offer the bare minimum and get out as soon as possible. Old Shoe did the exact opposite. Even as the night wore on and people began to trickle out into the evening, the band continued to play well and with enthusiasm. It’s obvious they were a victim of poor timing and no publicity. However, a band of this caliber, which has traveled 900 miles to get here, should have had a few more fans in the room. Old Shoe could have pretended this was a practice session, but they gave us a show to remember. The next time Old Shoe passes through town go check them out. You won’t be disappointed and maybe they won’t be either.
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