Are you ready for Round 2 of Jake Butler checking out a show at the Starry Plough on behalf of The Bay Bridged? I sure as hell was last Friday and this train is leaving town, so jump on board!
The night was very promising for the sheer fact that Or, the Whale was coming off a great set at Treasure Island Music Festival (note: for those of you who couldnâ€™t make it, the festival was like Outside Lands minus all the bad parts). Toss in one part The Mumlers, and a generous spoonful of The Porchsteps and badabing badaboom â€“ youâ€™ve got a nice evening.
The Porchsteps led off with a 100 percent folk set. There was no mincing of styles here. No funk bass, no New Orleans horn section, no fuzzed out guitars. Just straight ahead folk music complete with fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, drums and auxiliary percussion. Laura Anne Minkoff was on lead vocals and combined with the rest of the bandâ€™s harmonies, she created a sound that was so warm and inviting it was like running into your motherâ€™s wide open arms for the bestest hug in the world.
Technically they put on a solid set, but when they invited everyone to get up and dance towards the end of their set and only a couple people started moving, it was symbolic of their evening. They were a little too low key in contrast to the rest of the lineup. Good band, just not the ideal situation for them.
Next up were The Mumlers and boy, oh boy, were they awesome. Coming fresh off a west coast tour that took them from the likes of San Diego all the way to Seattle, this band was saucy. First things first â€“ instrumentation. When you have one guy jumping from alto sax, to clarinet, to guitar, and back again, along with a guy jumping between French horn and trumpet, and finally a euphonium; well, my friends, you have what it takes to create a beautiful sound.