Written by Jimmy Cummings
Mustaches and music ruled the night at the Funky Bean Farm over the weekend as Laughing Sam and Funky Bean Productions celebrated its 2nd St. Patty’s Annual Mustache Bash. The night was full of great fun as well as folks gathered to show off their “stache” and their St. Patty’s Day spirit. There was a lot of anticipation for the Mustache Bash because this marked the first time for many to see the new collaboration between John Mullins and Cliff Starbuck called BigEaR; it was also the first time many in the crowd would hear Tattered Roots from Cincy. To top things off Blue Moon Soup was set to provide the late night jams.
The good folks at Laughing Sam and Funky Bean Productions went all out for their first “official” show at the farm. The stage was set with a backdrop with what else, a mustache that had some of the coolest graphics ever while sound was provided by Noam Barnard and Basis Productions who always does a killer job making sure things sound just right. Lights and lasers were provided by Jason Johnson of M360 Productions which definitely added to the vibe and ambiance of the entire evening.
Tattered Roots took to the stage about 8:30 to the delight of the Mustache Bash crowd. This Psychedelic Rock trio from Cincinnati wasted no time introducing them themselves and the crowd made the guys feel right at home. I first heard about these guys early last year when Bassist/Vocalist Greg Thomas sent me a few tracks of the band and I have been a fan ever since. The guys put on quite a show at the Wham Bam Thank You Jam over the summer and I have been chomping at the bit to catch them again. The band has a fresh sound and Thomas’ Vocals add to this unique blend of Psychedelic Rock, Jazz, and Blues. On Guitar is the very talented Kyle Stivers who seemingly can rip almost any genre and holding down the beat is Boomer Davidson on the Kit. The band was on fire playing tunes like “60 Grand” and my favorite called “Drowning Sorrows.” These guys are a lot of fun and were the perfect way to get the party started. Look for more Tattered Roots on Buckeye Music Magazine Radio; we are working on a Live in the Living Room date so keep it tuned in. I can’t wait for that one!
Next up to the Mustache Bash stage was John Mullins doing a little solo performance to get the audience primed and ready; as if they needed any help. After John wooed us with a few tunes like “Blackbird” it was time to unveil BigEaR. There has been a lot of talk about this band and rightfully so; BigEaR has got some heavy hitter as far as the Ohio music scene is concerned beginning with ex Hookah alumni John Mullins on Rhythm and Vocals, Cliff Starbuck on Bass and Vocals, and helping hold down the Rhythm section is Steve Frye on Drums. On Keyboards is Nate Hollman and Ian Carroll is the badass on lead guitar. Sounds like a hefty line-up for sure so expectations for this band are high. As soon as the band started with their opening number I could sense we were in for something special to say the least. The band blasted out a high energy set that included tunes like “Sweet Lucy” that had the crowd in frenzy. BigEaR is definitely a band on the move and the guys are sure to make a BIG splash on the festival circuit this summer.
Closing out the night was Blue Moon Soup from Yellow Springs. You could tell the guys were stoked to be playing close to home and the audience was excited as well. We have had the pleasure of seeing these guys grow up right before our eyes and the strides they have made in the last couple of years is nothing short of amazing. The guys have always shown that they are a talented bunch but the band has taken that talent to an entirely new level of late. The band takes Bluegrass to its happy place and on this night we were along for the ride; a ride that included plenty of tunes from the band’s debut CD called “Lonely Mountain.” Jon Bauman (Standup Bass, Vocals), Robbie Marion (Fiddle, Vocals), Brendan Moore (Mando, Vocals), and Justin Moon (Guitar, Vocals) make Blue Moon Soup one of the most sought after bands in the area and the guys are ready to make a serious run this festival season.
The 2nd St. Patty’s Annual Mustache Bash was a lot of fun and the folks at Laughing Sam and Funky Bean Productions should consider this bash a HUGE success. We can’t thank you all enough for your hard work and dedication for making events like this possible. We are looking forward to whatever you cook up next. Check out more pics and videos of this great night below.
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