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Columbia loving life on Summerfest days

Another fabulous Summerfest weekend kicked off last Friday night with perfect weather for a concert on the streets of downtown Columbia. Though a hot and stuffy 90-degree day, the crowd, both young and old, showed up early to see local band Murphy’s Ford get the country party started. By the time LOCASH was ready to hit the stage, the crowd was humming with excitement.

It’s easy to see why LOCASH is steadily rising in the country world — they know how to work a crowd and put on a phenomenal show. Chris Lucas and Preston Brust have a talent for singing and songwriting — the Country Music Association has taken note of this, as LOCASH have been nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year!

The show began with strobe lighting and loud bass, as fans eagerly awaited the bands’ arrival. Columbia did not disappoint LOCASH and sang the chorus of their first hit, “I Know Somebody,” word for word back to them with little help. Looking around seeing the lights wave energetically back and forth in the street made your heart beat fast and appreciate the moment you were in.

Before ending the show, the band invited a young fan on stage who is front row to every show they play in Missouri. Nick got to show off his dance moves and sing the final verse of “I Love This Life” with Chris and Preston.

Last to come on stage on Friday was Eli Young Band. A group of five young boys moved their way closer to the front row, beaming with eagerness for their first concert. The headliner’s start time approached, and as the lights went darker, the band came on stage singing the title track from their new album “Fingerprints.”

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Fast forward to Saturday night. It had been another long, hot summer day, but country music fans came out to kick up their boots for a good time with Turnpike Troubadours. Boots and ball caps that have been worn enough to get that “just right” fit were the dress code for the evening.

Though the end of opener Charley Crockett’s set saw a sprinkling of rain, the rain died down and the crowed was buzzed with excitement (and a few beers) ready for a great show. The stage crew raised Turnpike Troubadour’s logo banner, and the crowd hollered, begging the band to come out and show them a good time.

With little warning, the five men walked out on stage in jeans, boots, button down shirts and cowboy hats, and started right in performing “Every Girl” with the crowd singing along right away. Complete with an accordion, the red-dirt country band does not disappoint their audience. The band may not have engaged much with banter in between songs, but it certainly wasn’t needed. The music alone, with lyrics about blue-collar folks and life, was enough to connect with their audience. Even the light rain couldn’t bring down this Summerfest crowd!

To sum up the weekend, Chris from LOCASH said it best. “Y’all are crazy,” he said into his mic. Columbia isn’t crazy — we just know how to have a good time!

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Shakey Graves returns to Summerfest

When: Thursday, August 3. Gates at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Where: Forrest Rose Park (Rose Music Hall)
Tickets: $15 in advance | $18 day of show
Opener: David Ramirez

Seeing Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) at The Blue Note last year was one of the best concerts I’ve been to, and one of the most talented artists I’ve seen on stage. (Amy Winehouse, Andrew Bird and Bon Iver are who he’s running up against so hopefully that provides a little context.)

Last year, Rose-Garcia’s outdoor set at 9th Street Summerfest was cut short thanks to a thunderstorm rolling in. While fans waited for an “all clear” Rose-Garcia decided that if it didn’t stop raining, he would continue his set inside The Blue Note and do it acoustic. Moving the show inside couldn’t have happened if he wasn’t able to play it acoustic because it would have required the BN crew to move all the sound equipment indoors and risk getting it wet.

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Rose-Garcia got his stage name when he attended the Old Settler’s Music Festival in Driftwood, Texas. While joking with some friends and coming up with names for each other, someone dubbed him “Shakey Graves.” It stuck.

Fast forward and Rose-Garcia is standing on stage with his guitar, howling into the mic andpumping his foot on a pedal of his custom kick drum made out of an old suitcase. Being the one-man band he is known for, Rose-Garcia kept the audience’s unwavering attention. I was standing on the balcony that was shaking (as it tends to) from the combination of the sound and the crowd dancing. Meanwhile, those below tossed beachballs around and sang along as directed. (WordPress wouldn’t let us embed the Facebook video of this, but you can check it out here.) (Or this video from when we were live during the show.) Toward the end of the show, Rose-Garcia brought up a group of fans from the audience to sing into the mic with him.

This year, Shakey Graves will be bringing his blues Americana rock and roll to Rose Park. He’ll also be playing tracks from his latest EP, “Shakey Graves and the Horse He Rode In On” that was released on Spotify on June 30.

“The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off, and run screaming into the woods,” says Rose-Garcia. “This album is the trials and tribulations of becoming domesticated, letting people into your world and letting go of selfishness — the story of becoming a pair, losing that, and reconciling with the loss and gain of love.”

We’re crossing our fingers for better weather this year because Shakey Graves in the park sounds just about as good as it gets.

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Shakey Graves performing his acoustic set inside The Blue Note at Summerfest in 2016. Fun fact: Rose-Garcia was born in Austin, Texas. After gaining popularity, the Mayor of Austin declared February 9 “Shakey Graves Day.” To celebrate, he puts on concerts with other local musicians.

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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!