Three Eighths, Black, whalenapper to open for Minus the Bear at Springfest
Issue date: 3/5/10 Section: Focus
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Shows at The Spot and events like Springfest and UPB Fall and Spring concerts have demonstrated that CWRU is a hip place to be when it comes to enjoying local, national, and even international musical artists. No one knows this better than the bands that competed on Wednesday, March 3 at the Spot to open for experimental indie rockers Minus the Bear and up-and-coming rapper Kid Sister at Springfest.
Some extremely talented bands were present at the battle, pulling out all the stops, equipped with guitars, and in some cases string quartets. Seven bands entered to be a part of the Springfest competition this year, five of which were selected to compete.
Edgewater Lights opened up the night after some brief rearrangements to the line-up. "I wasn't personally worried by getting the most votes," said lead vocalist Emma Sleva, "just by about giving the best performance." Edgewater's second original song was their best by far, exuding a honky-tonk folk vibe.
Following Edgewater Lights was Bending August, who competed in Battle of the Bands last year. Unfortunately these guys were not any better than a high school Simple Plan tribute band in their second year of college. They covered a Shawn Pinkston and Chris Brown song creatively, but they may have not hit the right chords with fans since not many in attendance were singing along. However, Bending August were very enthusiastic performers and they made sure everyone was engaged in their set whether they liked it or not.
Christopher Black then performed with his back-up rhythm and string sections. Black always puts on a visually stimulating and engaging performance. His folky-blues resonated through the room like the vibrations coming off the bows of his string players. These guys know their stuff and their catalog of original work shows it.