Harriet Brewing’s 4th Annual Extravaganza on Saturday was an inevitable success at the Cedar this past Saturday. Starting the night out with The Last Revel, a punky-folk-rock trio had the near capacity crowd dancing while drinking, which can be a dangerous feat. Their music covered the bases of my musical tastes pretty well, though my favorite was probably their rendition of Where Did You Sleep Last Night. In the back of the room, artists painted under blacklight, helping provide a fully immersed artistic experience.

At the first break, I sneaked outside to smoke and check out the food truck. Forgetting my wallet and not getting to enjoy the amazing food truck was my only mistake of the night, so that was a win. Next up on stage was The Erik Koskinen Band, who I had also never seen before. They’ve got a very enjoyable blues-country-rock sound to them. Looking like they’d just walked in off a ranch in Montana (in a good way), Koskinen figuratively burned that mother down on guitar and I look forward to seeing them again.

Finally, wrapping the evening up was my favorite local band, American Scarecrows. Every time I see these guys, they are always a more refined group than the last. With their newest album Yesteryear getting played around the country, these guys are really finding their market as well as their sound. During songs like North Country the majority crowd joined in on the vocals, really showing off their rapidly growing, dedicated followers. Shortly after that, Seth offered up a solo set and slowed things down briefly before being joined again by the other guys to finish out the night.

Other than being terrified of walking around with a bunch of camera gear in that neighborhood at night, the wife and I had a fantastic night. She got to dance, I got to take photos, and we both got to hear some kickass tunes. 9/10 – will attend next year as well!

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