I've seen a lot of music live. Everything from Jay-Z and Kanye to Tom Petty to The Avett Brothers. There is nothing that I love more. And Sprit Family Reunion is the best there is. I know that's a bold statement, but no band I've ever seen gets a crowd wrapped around its finger and singing and dancing and stomping like they do.
The Brooklyn-based band rarely (never) comes to the West coast. I first saw them at Newport last year, and I was hooked. When I found out they were playing up north in my favorite college town, I planned a road trip to Flagstaff without missing a beat. Then their van broke down (#indiefanproblems). The show was cancelled.
Busted van aside, something must have convinced them that the West coast has it's advantages, because they've tried again and popped up a number of times in the last year. When I heard they'd be playing at Way Over Yonder, I couldn't wait to get there.
There they were, crammed together with all their instruments on the smallest stage in existence. And they killed it. It took five seconds for the entire crowd to enthusiastically join in. People who heard them from the pier streamed in to check them out.
Because when Spirit Family asks you to sing loud and stomp your feet, you do it. No questions asked.