Friday, January 27
Kopecky Family Band, Jascha, Quiet Corral
Jascha and Friends have been known to throw the audience for a loop; they’re folksy and rocking, and then sort of angry and heated. Something for everyone.
The Kopecky Family Band, hailing from Nashville, Ten., took the stage around 11:30 p.m. They’re not really family, in the biological sense, but they get along the way you wish your own family did. They look like they’re on a porch killing a summer evening. Don’t get me wrong: this is no sleepy-time band—put away your tea. Think Modest Mouse and The National. There’s a lot of energy on this stage. They certainly put on a show: loads of instruments, tons of dancing. “Howlin’ and the Moon” goes over very well.
But let’s jump back to the band between the opener and the headliner. Sometimes you go to places like Radio Radio to discover something you don’t expect: this was one of those nights. Quiet Corral was on fire. From Lawrence, Kan., these guys are overly happy. Their music is like a really rocking Americana version of David Gray. It’s a six-piece band that might as well be 60-piece. The percussion just shook the place. Keep an eye on them—they’ll be back.
Kopecky Family Band - "Little Baby Sister"