by Donte Kirby
“We bring regional, national and international acts all under one roof,” said the host of June’s Communion Club night at the Milkboy. Anyone’s who’s been to a Communion knows that in the ever rotating cast of acts there’s always at least one worth the price of admission.
Filling the slot of regional acts were Philly’s Foxtrot and the Get Down and Jersey’s Pine Barons. Foxtrot and the Get Down set off the night delivering a set that would be right at home in a country ho down. The majority of their set was filled with tracks off their full length coming in August such as the blues influenced “Rambling Back to You”.
Pine Barons followed boasting an electric alternative sound with eerie robotic space interstellar transitions that were candy for the ears. The host plugged their new song, “Clowns” which is available to download now via the Key. The band didn’t banter much on stage and let the music speak for itself.
From the Motor City was the national act Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas. Hernandez’s personality burst off the stage as she danced in front of the swinging crowd during “Don’t Take My Man to Idaho”. From the first chord that was played, her voice boomed and she danced with a vigor that filled the stage. The crowd reached it’s fever pitch during “Carney Threesome”.
The international act for June’s bill came from Canada to round off the night. What Dan Mangan and Blacksmith lacked in dance tracks they made up for in musical prowess. Mangan is a two-time Juno award winner and it certainly shows. Instrumental breakdowns a plenty, the four piece from Vancouver fed the crowd gourmet sounds that any musical palette could appreciate.
Look for our interview with Pine Barons in the upcoming summer issue of That Music Mag.