Punk Folk Bluegrass (?) comes to Nile Theater

Days N Daze at The Nile Theater, Mesa, AZ on 27 September 2021

Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: 13th Floor Entertainment (https://www.13thfloorentertainment.com/ )
Venue: The Nile Theater (https://www.theniletheater.com/ )
Date:  Tuesday September 27th, 2021
Tour:  Show Me The Blueprints Tour 2021

Tonight, was a night of bluegrass, folk, punk and folk music on acid.  This is not your parent’s bluegrass or folk music.  The three bands that performed were a collection of musicians that really enjoy interacting with the audience.  First up was Crazy & The Brains.  Then came the Bridge City Sinners.  The last band of the night was Days N Daze.  All three bands just came off the Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas the prior weekend.

These band seemed to play well with each other and at one point in the evening, some of the Bridge City Sinners even joined Days N Daze on stage to perform together.  Every once in a while, I like just going to a show and having a blast listening to the bands.  This was one of those shows.  After a couple of nights of death metal, it was really nice not being crushed as I photographed at the stage and watching a folk-dance ring form instead of a crash and bang mosh pit.  If you love wild music and just like having fun then I would highly recommend see this tour.

All of these bands can use your help by going to live shows, purchasing their music or other items at their merchandise tables at the shows or on their websites.  If we want to keep these bands touring, then we need to help support them.

Days N Daze

Days N Daze at The Nile Theater, Mesa, AZ on 27 September 2021

Days N’ Daze is an American band formed in Houston, Texas performing a type of folk punk they have called ‘H-Town Thrashgrass’.  Days N Daze was formed as a duo in 2008 by founders Whitney Flynn and Jesse (Je-C) Sendejas.  Unfortunately for tonight show, Whitney was not available.  So the band consisted of a 3-piece group with acoustic guitarist and lead singer Jesse (Je-C) Sendejas, upright bass player Geoff Bell and Meagan Melancon on washboard (and yes I said a washboard!!).  At different points in the show, Jesse’s wife Veronica Sendejas would join them on stage and played a ukulele.  Like I mentioned above, both Libby Lux and Clyde McGee joined Jesse on stage during a couple of songs.

You could tell that they really missed Whitney when they performed “Wholesale Failure”.  But they did bring Libby Lux on to help.  Whitney and her trumpet add a dimension to the music and her voice is hard to replace.  Hopefully she will get better and be able to rejoin the band on stage later in the tour.  It is just not the same without her.

You can check out the upcoming tour dates on either their website or Facebook page.

Website: https://daysndaze.net/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/daysndaze
Album and Merch Store: https://flailrecords.com

Photos by Fred Kuhlman, All Rights Reserved

Bridge City Sinners

Libby Lux, lead singer of The Bridge City Sinners at The Nile Theater, Mesa, AZ on 27 September 2021

The Bridge City Sinners are a collection of musicians from Portland, Oregon.  They originally formed when Libby Lux and Scott Michaud started playing together on the streets of Portland.  Over the years they have collected a ragtag group of musicians and friends to perform together and tour.  The current touring group consists of lead singer Libby Lux, upright bass player Scott Michaud, banjo player Clyde McGee, resonator guitarist King Strang and fiddle player Lightnin’ Luke.

This is the second time I have seen The Bridge City Sinners.  I saw them in 2020 just prior to the Covid-19 shutdown.  A friend told me about this concert that I might enjoy since I like eclectic music.  At the time I knew nothing about any of the bands that were playing that night.  So, in the middle of the concert that night, this group of misfits that looked like they just came off the street stepped up on stage.  In the center of this group was this heavily tattooed lady that had a banjolele, a hybrid of banjo and ukulele.

Once they started to play it was just amazing to hear this funky, bluegrass folk style music.  Again, this is not your parent’s style of music.  There are plenty of f-bombs mixed throughout the songs and they have added a punk flavor to the sound.  I have to say that each of the musicians is extremely talented and they blend well together.  They also seem to have a lot of fun on stage.  At one point during tonight’s show, Libby just decided to change the order of the setlist and the rest of the band had no issue with it.

Again, I was enjoying the performance so much that I failed to get a setlist for tonight’s performance.  Please check out their music on YouTube (lots of people recorded the show) and on their website and Facebook page.  They also have their upcoming shows there.  Also, The Bridge City Sinners self-publish their music, so please check out their website for their newest album.

Website: https://www.bridgecitysinners.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bridgecitysinners
Newest Album Website: https://flailrecords.com/bridge-city-sinners/

Photos by Fred Kuhlman, All Rights Reserved

Crazy & The Brains

Christoph Jesus, lead singer of Crazy & The Brains at The Nile Theater, Mesa, AZ on 27 September 2021

Crazy & The Brains is new wave punk rock band.  They took the punk sound of the 70s and updated it to a more today sound.  The current touring members are lead singer and totally crazy man Christoph Jesus, xylophonist (Yes, I said xylophone) Jeffrey Rubin, guitarist Ernest Young, drummer Zac Pless and bass player Brett Maverick.

This was the first time I had heard Crazy & The Brains and I was hooked.  From the first song, the energy generated on stage transferred to the crowd.  Everyone was singing along with Chris and dancing.  Instead of a mosh pit, the audience created a dance circle.  In true punk fashion, Chris was all over the stage and at times even rolling around on the floor.  Jeff was constantly bouncing around as he sang and played the xylophone.  There were times I was certain that he hit himself in the head as he played because he was so wild.

I am sorry I did not get a setlist, but I was enjoying the music and performance so much I forgot.  I can say that when Crazy & The Brains come back, I will definitely be in the crowd.  They are just fun to listen to and watch.  Please check out their Facebook page for upcoming shows.

Website: https://crazyandthebrains.bandcamp.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/crazyandthebrains

Photos by Fred Kuhlman, All Rights Reserved


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