It was a cold fall evening this past Saturday as I set my travels West towards St. Michael, Minnesota. The destination was an easy venture to the Le Musique Room inside the St Michael Theatre. The new Le Musique Room was hosting The Plott Hounds and Kevin James Pertinen for a great evening of live music.
Le Musique Room is an amazing intimate venue with probably some of the best sound and acoustics that I ever hear from a small venue. With plush stadium style seating, there is not a bad seat in the house. The atmosphere is very quaint and closely personal. Combining the sound quality and intimate surrounding, the crowd gets a very warm performance with a personal connection with the artist.
With the stage set, the evening kicked off with Kevin James Pertinen. As Kevin took point on guitar/harmonica/vocals with support from a stand-up bass player and fiddle player, the trio put forth an incredible performance. Kevin’s musical depth seems deep rooted in that true Midwest sound and drawing directly from Country, Folk, and that smooth Americana. The three had great, punchy crowd interaction between songs which really just added to the down home feel of the band’s music. Kevin’s set was made up of originals with some great covers, all or which were superb.After a short break, it was time for The Plott Hounds to hit the stage. The intimate venue was a great setting as band wasted no time to kick things into high gear. The Plott Hounds always seem to pull the crowd in tight and have them singing and dancing along. It is not only the infectious sound and musicianship, but the personal sense of the lyrics that the crowd can easily identify with and relate to on various levels.
In a great change from a traditional live performance, halfway through the set, the band took things ‘unplugged’ a bit and rolled out several hits with great acoustic renditions. A real treat came with the introduction of a few new songs … and the response from the crowd was one of high acceptance. With an almost 2-hour set that included songs off Rum River Rising (EP), Living Free, and their latest album Thirsty For Something, The Plott Hounds closed the evening with ‘Can’t You See’. As with a lot of The Plott Hounds performances, the evening spun by quickly as it was less like a concert and more like a gathering with friends (with a great performance add in).The Plott Hounds have several live dates remaining in 2016, so close your year off right and see them live. For all the latest info, check them out online at: