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Here Come the Mummies…again!

Where: The Blue Note
When: Saturday, March 18. Doors 7:30 | Show 8:30
Tickets: $21.50 advance | $24 day of show
Opener: Hound Sounds

Get ready CoMo, Here Come the Mummies are coming to get funky for a special St. Paddy’s party this Saturday. This isn’t the first time Here Come the Mummies have graced the stage, it’s the third time they’re playing for us this year! Is it obvious we can’t get enough of them? Now, a look back onto some of HCTM best moments onstage in Columbia…

1. March 24, 2016

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HCTM brought their brand of “terrifying funk from beyond the grave” to our stage for the first of their three 2016 concerts at The Note. Their sound has been described as a cross between Fitz & the Tantrums and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. This particular show highlighted how fun their indoor shows thanks to their killer production.

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2. 9th Street Summerfest 2016

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Here Come the Mummies were just one of the amazing acts that headlined in our Summerfest series last summer. Even in the extreme heat, these mysterious guys donned their full mummy disguises and took the time to meet a few fans after the show.

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This could be you!

3. This Saturday!

These guys are sure to put on an energetic show in the spirit of continuing St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. Don’t miss one of the most unique groups around and come with a little extra cash because their merch is to die for. (Har har har.)

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Also be sure to check out the opening band Hound Sounds coming to us from St. Louis!


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STRFKR’s performance was out of this world

Portland band STRFKR brought the weird to Columbia last Wednesday. Equipped with inflatable swans, astronaut suits and enough gear to make any music-lover geek out, STRFKR threw a psychedelic dance party unlike anything the Note has seen all semester.  Frontman Josh Hodges strutted out dressed as a woman — a timely political statement that probably went over the heads of less informed crowd members. His choice of attire served an important purpose and informed us of STRFKR’s ideals that the dance floor is a place of love and inclusion.

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STRFKR eased the crowd into the celebration with the sublimely melodic “Atlantis” before transitioning into the jittery synth bliss of “Malmo.” Watching the end of a STRFKR song live is like watching some child savant playing with Legos. Each song is carefully constructed, but the tension they create by threatening to tear it down is absolutely thrilling. If you couldn’t figure it out from the crowd surfing astronauts, this willingness to toss out convention and improvise directly reflects the bands ethos — they’re just here to have a good time. Nothing embodies their lack of fucks given better than their gleeful cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” The bass line triggered a roar from the crowd and sent the place into a frenzy.

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Other highlights of the night were the euphoric “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second” and fan favorite “While I’m Alive.” Considering all of the improvised jams, STRFKR cruised through over twenty songs in a set that went for two hours. It was a fantastic show. As I  left The Blue Note, I heard rave reviews from excited, newly converted fans as well as from a guy I shared a cigarette with who has been following them on tour for the last month. This may sound like typical post-show enthusiasm but it’s a testament to a band that has been near the top of the indie-pop pyramid for a long time and still brings it every night.

This post was written by Ben Kane, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog. 


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Ben Folds & a Piano: Show Review

Picture this: a man, a piano and a choir. Only, there was no actual choir. The choir was the audience, captivated by the incredible sound screaming from the sole instrument on the stage.

For those of you who didn’t go, I’m not lying when I say that you missed a powerful show. Prior to attending Ben Folds & a Piano at The Blue Note, I had only listened to him through my headphones and laptop speakers. There was no way of knowing exactly what I was in for until I got to the concert. The atmosphere at the show was unlike anything I had ever been a part of. My jaw was dropped in awe for 98% of his performance. To say that I was mesmerized is an understatement.

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Fun fact: Artists who sell out shows at The Blue Note or Rose Music Hall get shiny gold trophies with a plaque that says “Sold out! Fuck yeah!!” Here’s Mike handing one off to Ben.

Not only was the crowd entranced by Folds’ undeniable skills on the keys, but also by his constant interaction with the crowd. The only word I can think of to describe the whole experience is intimate.

His constantly changing body language, the movement of his hands and the intensity of his words screamed of a connection that no one on the outside could understand. Folds would stand up from his bench and lean into the piano while his hands stroked each note and chord. One minute, his performance would be sharp and intense and the next it would be soft and delicate.

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But it was the crowd’s interaction that really kept me mesmerized. For the most part, the audience just stood there soaking in Folds’ performance, but at other times it sounded as if he had an entire choir singing in unison with him. Every single person knew every single song and it blew my mind. Not only did they know his lyrics, but they also knew the right moments to join in and sing along with him.

All I can say is that Ben Folds is a master behind the piano. I highly recommend that everyone attend at least one of his concerts because when you do, you’ll never want to stop listening. Never underestimate a man and his instrument.

This post was written by Alyssa Michaels, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog.