First up, our old friends Jamaican Queens. This was our third time seeing them play and the Crofoot is by far the largest venue. They managed another solid performance. We could hear them playing while standing in line to enter. By the time we actually made it in, we got to see about a song and a half. Thirty minutes in line! Apparently nobody purchased their tickets ahead of time.
Support this local band. They are good.
I was excited to see tUnE-yArDs. I've been listening to Merrill Garbus's project, I guess you can call it that, for a couple of years, but haven't had the opportunity to see them live. They didn't disappoint. Most songs start with Merrill preparing layers of loops using her voice, percussion instruments, and a ukulele, then performing as they cycle in the background.
The Crofoot was not quite as crowded as last time I was here, and the balcony area was closed. However, the floor was packed and people were loving it. I have seen a lot of shows, and a lot of the same show over and over. What she is doing is different, and deserves attention. She had great things to say about the people and the music scene here, so I expect her back before too long. When she does return, make the effort and get out and see a refreshingly unique performance.