While Dinkytown semi-erupted due to the Gophers’ hockey loss, St. Paul’s Fitzgerald theater was up and dancing by the time Pert Near Sandstone started their second set. The crowd seemed anxoius to dance most of the night and finally started when they returned to the stage after a brief set break. Multiple guests stopped out to help out in both sets, including Trampled By Turtles and Minnesota native Dave Simonett. The energetic performance included (though not limited to) up to four fiddles simultaneously, up to four exceptionally talented line dancers, a grand piano and enough guitar talent to melt your face. A near mosh pit formed in the first few rows during most of the second set, around the same time the parents cleared out. Pert’ Near Sandstone has been one of those bands that I’ve “meant to see” but haven’t. I was actually originally supposed to see this show with a friend, who bailed, either way I’m glad I made the trip to St. Paul to finally check these guys out. As per usual the acoustics and the crowd were top notch at the Fitzgerald. I’m excited to see them play a smaller, more whiskey stenched venue.

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