Ah, yes. 4/20. What better way to spend the evening with some high quality grass. No, not that kind of grass. I mean bluegrass! The night was cold and rainy, a perfect reason to be inside warming the body and the soul with the heartfelt sounds of strings. I had been looking forward to this show for a while and was excited to see what the Kitchen Dwellers were all about. I hadn’t seen them before nor had I listened to much of their music but I kept hearing positive reviews about them from others.
My girlfriend and I got there around 10 so we missed the River Valley Rangers but we were able to see some of Part & Parcel’s set. I’m pretty sure I have seen them before in the past opening for another group. They were solid, played with a lot of energy, and really belted out the lyrics.
Dancin’ to the Dwellers
According to their website, the Kitchen Dwellers met at Montana State University just three years ago and they have been captivating bluegrass fans ever since. Their rise on the music scene was rapid, playing with big name groups like Railroad Earth and getting spots at major festivals around the country. Fans have dubbed their genre “Galaxy Grass” and I think this is a fitting description. Their sound is unique, ambitious, and pushes the boundaries of what traditional bluegrass usually sounds like. With the somewhat recent addition of Torrin Daniels on banjo, the group is able to take jams out into orbit with the help of several funky sound kits. Daniels’ banjo seemed to be engineered with technology from a distant galaxy because one moment it would sound like any old banjo but then the next it sounded like Jerry Garcia’s guitar or even like a Moog synth. It gave their entire sound it’s distinct personality.
The Dwellers got the crowd worked up in a hurry. People were stomping their feet, spinning around, dancing, and hollering up a storm. They somehow managed to maintain a near constant level of energy throughout their entire long set, taking only a couple 2 minute breaks in between some of the songs. I was really impressed by their range of vocals, harmonies, and overall rhythm they had together as a group. It seemed like they had their sound figured out and could lock into some deep jams. After this show, I’m definitely a fan of the galaxy grass! Next time they come around, I’ll be seeing them again.
Goodbye for now!
I can’t believe it but this is my last blog post! (at least for now). The semester has come to a close and I have reached my 10th posting. It’s been a lot of fun getting to write about something I love and sharing it with you all. I hope you have enjoyed getting to read about my live music adventures and who knows, if you check back at some point I might post again just for the heck of it. Thanks to everyone who left me nice comments and took the time to read what I had to say, it meant a lot! I’ll see you around and don’t forget to keep on jamming!
Check out the setlist below as well as some links to the Kitchen Dwellers media if you are so inclined.
Link it up
Kitchen Dwellers Main Website: https://www.kitchendwellers.com/
KD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kitchen.dwellers/
KD Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kitchen-dwellers