The High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wisconsin hosted a four night FRZN Festival again this year and probably outdid themselves on Friday night with the lineup was bursting with talent the entire evening.
Warming up the crowd was NYC band Milagres, a powerful four-piece with a unique blend of rock styles. They previewed their new album Violent Light and Kyle Wilson's impressive vocal stylings.
Next up was Escondido, a Nasville-based duo and their band who played a considerable amount from their near-perfect debut record The Ghost of Escondido last year. I challenge you to find a more cohesive and appealing record of original material in the past few years. Fronted by Jessica Maros and Tyler James, Escondido squeezed as much of their record into their set as was possible. It was a treat to see them in this intimate setting before they hit the road again in larger venues.
Venturing from their hometown of Minneapolis, Communist Daughter took to the stage and garnered sincere applause from both the crowd and fellow musicians. Johnny Solomon, Molly Moore and their tight band dipped into their latest Soundtrack to the End and it sounded impressive with the whole band.
Rounding out the evening by taking over the stage with no less than eight singers and players was the Brooklyn collective San Fermin.
The band didn't disappoint. They brought their debut album to life and Ellis Ludwig-Leone's dream came to life as they played their hearts out to the capacity crowd and closed the evening's festivities. Again, it was a treat to see such a talented band in a venue like the High Noon Saloon before they hit the festival circuit in North American and Europe this summer. The eight-member live outfit is comprised of Allen Tate and Rae Cassidy, lead vocals; Rebekah Durham, vocals/violin; Stephen Chen, saxophone; John Brandon, trumpet; Mike Hanf, drums; Tyler McDiarmid, guitar; and Ellis Ludwig-Leone, keyboard.
All photos copyright by Kim Reed