A great time was had by all as we played a quick 45 minute set to kick off the night at Moe’s Tavern in the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago. The setlist was set on the fly and ended up being heavy on originals, although we did throw in a few of the new covers we’ve introduced into the set. TJ, who helps run the booking for the venue, was really positive about our sound after the set, saying it was like night and day difference from the last time we played there. Of course, Steve and my first reaction was, “I thought we were ok the last time too!” but of course, it’s great to hear positive feedback and yeah, of course I acknowledge that playing 22 shows in 8 months can do a lot for sharpening your skills.
We opened up for Banjolectric out of Detroit, who made some pretty impressive music with a loop station and a 5 string banjo. Greg was a great singer, playing more of a clawhammer style, and had a handful of great original songs. y favorite was the one featuring a broken old harmonica about skinny jeans, which apparently we inspired him to play.
Closing out the night was Ryan Burns, also playing 5 string banjo in more of a scruggs style but also did some old fashioned simple strumming as well. He also had a great voice and pulled off an impressive “Space Oddity” cover that was fun to sing along to. We’ll be looking for more Ryan with his band Distant Brothers, who I added to our Spotify playlist, Miles And Friends: Artists We’ve Played with and Us.
Not the most original photo but this was indeed taken during load in on the night of the gig.