The Fattenin’ Frogs with Bear Witness
The Fattenin’ Frogs are a six member roots rock & roll band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Fattenin’ Frogs play rock & roll music in its original spirit by turning up the intensity on traditional American music. With a style developed by electrifying a mix of early blues, country, folk, gospel, and jazz, they aim to bring rock music back to its roots. The Fattenin’ Frogs play a mix of original songs and interpretations of classics by likes of Robert Johnson, Son House, Etta James, Blind Willie Johnson and Muddy Waters. Since 2010 the band has hosted an annual tribute to Howlin’Wolf and in 2011 hosted a tribute to the music of O Brother, Where Art Thou? The band is know for their energetic live shows and creative mixing of musical styles. The band was formed in early 2009 as a blues trio consisting of Berek Awend on slide guitar and piano, Chris Holm on harmonica and vocals, and Mark Larson on drums but soon after evolved to a five piece unit with the additions of Casie Siekman on vocals and fiddle and Paul Delong on bass guitar. A female vocal group informally known as “The Lily Pads”, consisting primarily of Danielle Scofield and Amanda Awend was formed to record backing vocals on the band’s debut album and soon after, was incorporated into the band. The band’s self titled debut was released in April 2011. In 2012, Casie left the band and was replaced by Amanda White. The band released their second album, “12 Bars” in December 2013. Berek and Amanda Awend have since left the band and Michael Lloyd has taken over the guitar and piano duties.
Bear Witness is one attempt to speak bravely and clearly to our difficult moment. California native cellist Kelly Daza and New York native singer and guitarist Jodi Stanfield found each other in Iowa and decided to do something about it. Daza’s cello, which can be propulsive, pretty, or majestic as needed, adds body to the soaring diva soul of Stanfield’s soprano on a body of material that is one part Jeff Tweedy, two parts Patti Smith, and three parts let ‘er rip. BEAR WITNESS is going to keep the conversation going.
The Basement // doors 8:30, music 9:00pm // $7 // all ages