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Echoes In The Night: The Mother Hips, Dead Feather Moon, and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers at the House of Blues

After the week I had I was so ready for this show. Ready to be with good people, listen to good music, and have a good time… Thank you Saturday, you sure did deliver. Here’s how it went:

Nicki belting one out. Stellar voice.

Arrived just in time for Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers and so glad we did. Bluhm’s voice was flawless and ethereal, drawing the crowd in. Backed by seasoned musicians, the set was quick and eclectic. “Jetplane” showcased the depth to her vocals and was one of my favorites. This sort of folk-country-rock genre is something that’s growing on me, much to my own surprise and this group does it extremely well. Finishing the set they did a fun rendition of Hall and Oates “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” featuring Bluhm on a kazoo. Did you know a kazoo can sound pretty bitchen? It can.

My requisite collage to mask how poorly I take show pix.

If you’re new here I can summarize my feelings on Dead Feather Moon in a few simple words: I effing love them. Before the show I was listening to their last album (get it here) and thinking how I’d be stoked to see them do “Movers and Shakers” live. Lo and behold they started their set with it. Excellent way to begin with an accessible tune that highlights the many facets of the band. They did a great job with their 45 minutes of stage time (wish it could have been twice as long) showcasing new songs and playing fan favorites. The guys looked like poised professionals, but also like they were having the time of their lives. They possess a passion that flies off that stage and inspires the audience to get just as blissed out. It’s always a good time with DFM. Really excited for to see them getting to play these bigger venues and introduce their sound to new folks. Catch them next month at the Belly Up opening for The White Buffalo on 4/28 AND I’ll be profiling them here (shameless self-promotion.)

This pic's about as blurry as my vision was. Natch.

Finishing up the night were headliners The Mother Hips. This band seems like any musician’s wet dream. The ambling guitars were a treat and a great way to close out the night. I kept my dancing to a minimum since I was several PBRs deep and not feeling as nimble as the cute hippie chick in front of me. People were having a great time dancing to these dudes and they provided a rocktastic set.

Overall  another great night of music in San Diego… why can’t I do this every night?

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About Jen Van Tieghem

There aren’t many things I love more than music. While life spins away at a rapid beat I’ve realized it’s important to spend it doing what I love – enjoying music in San Diego. I have a handful of favorite venues, a heart full of favorite bands, and decided to write about it.

One comment on “Echoes In The Night: The Mother Hips, Dead Feather Moon, and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers at the House of Blues

  1. […] Echoes In The Night: The Mother Hips, Dead Feather Moon, and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers at the … – in which I fall in love with Nicki Bluhm’s voice, fall further in love with DFM, and fall out of love with my choice in slamming back too many tall boys. […]


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