Crossroads Music Festival 2015 Recap

Another year, another Crossroads Music Festival is in the books.  This year was great!  Good weather, closely located venues, solid lineup, it had something for everyone.  Every year Bill and the team tweak the formula a bit.  Gone is the Midwestern Musical Co. and Crossroads was honestly a bit of a big venue to have to try and fill.  So this year the folks got a stage setup in the Cowtown T-Shirt shop parking lot, then both levels of the Living Room and the Mod Gallery across the street in addition to the clubs on Grand, and the Brick a block over.  The relative proximity made it really easy to get from one venue to the next without missing too much action.  Also, the excellent volunteer staff that helped at the unconventional venues gave their time to support the cause.

The performers for CMF this year also covered the gamut from jazz to rock, americana to funk.  It was a pretty eclectic lineup even for CMF standards.  At the peak it looked like most venues were near capacity with the Tank Room decidedly packed for the Phantastics set.  Over at the Mod gallery a large crowd spilled out the door during the Philistines and a sizeable crowd bounced to the sounds of Not a Planet.

The Marching Cobras


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Not A Planet


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Freight Train, Rabbit Killer


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The Philistines



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Mountain Sprout


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The Phantastics


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Katy Guillen and the Girls



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CMF and MMF staff


Harling’s with Electric Lungs, Mace Batons, The Philistines

Over at Harling’s a couple weeks back, they opened up the large rear room and had a hard rocking, punk fueled show featuring a great lineup.  We headed over to Harling’s after catching the Mountain Sprout show at Davey’s.  We managed to catch the Electric Lungs, Mace Batons, and Philistines sets.

The sound is pretty decent in the back room and plenty of space for a good crowd.  It was a really good turnout with folks sticking around for most all of the bands sets.  It was Philistines drummer Steve Gardels’ birthday.  Jameson and cupcakes were passed around for well wishers.

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Mountain Sprout at Davey’s Uptown

Back on Nov 15, we caught the early show featuring Mountain Sprout at Davey’s Uptown.  It was a good sized crowd for a pretty chilly Saturday night.  The band’s lineup has shuffled a couple times over the last year.  Fiddle player Blaine Thiebaud left the band to be replaced by Mike Schembre.  Blaine’s brother Dean Thiebaud has also permanently joined the band on guitar.  Overall, the hard-partying, no-holds-barred style of shows that have come to define Mountain Sprout over the years have been toned down quite a bit.  The tunes are still solid, but the overall feel of the shows lack that same substance fueled crazy energy.  It’s not bad, just different.  

They touched on many Mountain Sprout standards through the two hour show.   In addition, they performed several tracks of their recently released Long Time Comin’.

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