Lullwater (named after the street in Athens, Georgia where they used to rehearse) appeared at Route 47 in Fridley Sunday night and put on a hell of a show. They were a last minute booking and unfortunately it seems like a lot of people were unaware they were in town. Combine that with it being Sunday night and temps pushing 90 degrees and I think a lot of people decided to cozy up to the a/c at home.
The first band up was VIA. VIA describes themselves as an American Heavy & Dirty, No-Pussyfooting Rock N Roll Four Piece Band based out of Minneapolis, Mn. They lived up to the billing and had a great set. I had not seen them before, but will definitely try to see them again.
The next band was Strange Daze. Strange Daze is another Minneapolis based 4 piece band. Strange Daze is the type of band that you want to shoot as a photographer. They kicked, they jumped, they mugged for the camera – I loved them. Their set consisted of originals plus a few covers and they were very entertaining. I am always amazed at all of the local talent that we have in the Minneapolis area and the first 2 acts were great examples of the level of that talent.
Lullwater started with a roar and continued the roar through the entire set. I loved the smooth vocals from lead singer John Strickland with Daniel Binnie (lead guitar), Roy ‘Ray’ Beatty (bass & vocals), and Joseph Wilson (drums & vocals) rounding out the foursome. Despite the smallish crowd, Lullwater put on an impressive show and people in the crowd shouted out their approval. I really enjoyed their set and will be listening to their music and looking forward to the next time they are in town.