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.”
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!