Mardi Gras of Music

There are lots of reasons Friday is a popular day of the week.  Perhaps it’s payday.  Maybe you don’t work on the weekends and Friday means freedom.  Adding to all those reasons, around here, Friday means a multitude of music! We have First Fridays in Centre Market, Second Fridays the UU Coffeehouse, Third Fridays at Artworks Around Town, and then the regular round of bands at local bars.  Last Friday was of course the first Friday in February, so I went to the Smart Center and saw the Cabin Fever String Band.  Ice cream was served, the  star watch went well (we saw Jupiter and three of its moons), and music was made.  Kids came to dance and clogging captured all attention as the Cabin Fever String Band entertained everyone.

Saturday I saw Carl Pesi of Soul Groove Orchestra play.  The weather didn’t stop the show or those who came to see it.  Carl played some covers and was coerced into an original.  Soul Groove Orchestra has several shows coming up, and their schedule can be found on Facebook here.

This week is second Friday, which means music at the UU Coffeehouse.  Elia Goat will be the guest, with open mic from 7-8 and Elia from 8-9.   Some other shows you can find on this Friday are Paper States and Faster at the 1056 Lounge, Ten Feet Tall at the Blue Steel Grill, New American Groove at the Wild, Wild West Sports Bar, The Catch Blues Band at Down on Main Street, and KR-3 with The End Men and The Moho Collective at River City.   Some things that have been said about The End Men is that they sound like “Tom Waits meets The White Stripes…circusy…mixture of gutter punk and carnie.” Voted “The Most Rocking Band” by Couch By Couch West, The End Men – Matthew Hendershot and Livia Ranalli –  will be digitally releasing their upcoming LP “Play With Your Toys” on Valentines Day.

From Brooklyn, N.Y., The End Men  sound so seasoned yet they are spontaneously special. I hear they even have homemade instruments, such as salad forks. Their musical chaos comes together in commencement as they put on a parade of precious and profound performance.  Just like Mardi Gras is a melting pot of people, a city joined together in jubilation, a fair for all, we should be reveling at River City, coming out in costume, ornating ourselves with beads before this band. Grab your krewe and come to this carnival because The End Men are something to celebrate.

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