Bluegrass was on hand at First Avenue Friday Night as Colorado’s Yonder Mountain String Band with support from Minnesota’s own Pert Near Sandstone took over the famous venue. What keeps surprising me about Bluegrass shows is the wide range of fans they attract. man buns, baseball caps, a couple of cowboyish hats, long hair, buzz cuts it was all there – and that was just the guys. Of course, a number of Halloween costumes was on hand as well including one rather inebriated queen.
Pert Near Sandstone took the stage first. Being a Minneapolis band, this was a home show for them and it showed by the massive crowd that had come to see them. The band will release their new album “Discovery Of Honey” next week and their set had quite a few songs from it. Percussion for their music came in form of a clopper – first time seeing one for me. Their set was lively and enjoyable. One cool thing I noticed was a ASL interpreter perched on the barrier translating for hearing impaired fans, something I only have seen in larger venues before.
Set List: Insult and an elbow w/jam / I’m Not Saying / Another Day / Don’t Worry HappyB-Day / Traffic Jam / Love Before You Can’t / Eat In Go Deaf / Pockets / Bad Reputation / Summer In The City / Drawing A Melody / You’re No Good / Nothing But A Breeze / All This Time / Sidewalk Stars / Rambler’s Anthem