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Reasons to come early: Strand of Oaks

It’s no secret that Drive-By Truckers put on a killer show. However, if you plan on coming out to The Blue Note on Tuesday night, make sure you plan on showing up early to catch Strand of Oaks.

The project is the brainchild of Timothy Showalter and its sound is the perfect blend of Americana and Rock. His latest release, Hard Love, speaks on touring experiences, challenges in his marriage and the near death of his brother. 

On a personal note, it’s one of my favorite albums of the year. Songs “Radio Kids” and “Rest of It” drive the album with soaring guitar and sing-along vocals, while “On the Hill” and “Taking Acid and Talking to My Brother” have a more psychedelic feel.

Strand of Oaks’ infectious energy will set the tone for the Truckers’ headlining set. You don’t want to miss it.

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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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Tank and The Bangas take on Rose Music Hall

When: Friday, September 22nd. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $12
Opener: Sweet Crude

This past summer, I learned about a funk and soul storytelling band called Tank and The Bangas. Through a friend, I learned they were chosen out of 6,000 performances as the winners of NPR’s Tiny Desk Competition. I was told to watch their Tiny Desk performance with an open mind, and I was blown away.

They were nothing I ever expected, yet are exactly what I didn’t know I needed. I was lucky enough to make it into one of their sold out shows in Washington D.C. in June. Now, I’m screaming from the top of The Tiger Hotel, “you CANNOT MISS your opportunity to see Tank and The Bangas at Rose Music Hall on September 22nd!”

This New Orleans-based band brings a bold taste of soul, R&B, hip hop and spoken word. Lead singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball is an award winning poet whose voice, lyrics, and theatrics truly command a room and take even the most skeptical crowd member on a head bobbing journey. The entire band compliments each other on the same unique wavelength of musical genius.

Check out their NPR Tiny Desk Concert:

 

See what I mean? Now, just imagine that performance, but not in an office.

Tank and The Bangas command any crowd they want to take to ‘Bangaville,’ fly off of a roller coaster or throw a party with. They will have you grooving physically and moved emotionally. They tell real life stories through such tight musicianship that it almost seems unreal.

Be the person who can say they got to experience Tank and The Bangas at Rose Music Hall before they totally dominated the music industry.

See you on Friday! Don’t be late! Sweet Crude is kicking off the show at 8:30pm.

Get your tickets HERE.

P.S. TATB might even throw in a cover of Outkast’s, “Hey Ya,” just so you can know what real love feels like.