LoonFest 2017

LoonFest was a success. Five thousand dollars was raised throughout the evening and a generous donor matched that amount.  It was a thrill to be a part of the first year of a great festival.  It’s a cause, I know, all of us in King Fish Crow hold dear.

Dave, Beau and I arrived caravan style to the sounds of Go For Retro booming into the alley. They had some great tones and licks, some very nice instruments and they played loud.  They were great, bringing their spin on indie psychedelic rock.


We were running a little behind schedule and missed Loons in the Attic’s set. We caught them as they were packing up their gear.  They had an out of town gig that was canceled.  So they were planning on hitting one of their cabins for the weekend and making some music.  They invited us to bring our gear and join them. If we weren’t going on stage in a couple hours, we might have taken them up on their offer.  Raincheck, guys?

After Go For Retro wrapped up their hydraulic set, Wailing Loons took to the stage. This whole event was their idea and was six years in the works.  They know how to party and get everyone smiling and dancing.  And they didn’t disappoint.  The room loved them and everyone sang Happy Birthday to Emilie in the middle of their set, truly a warm and delightful time with plenty of clogging and stomping.  I’ve been playing shows with the Wailing Loons for years and they have some songs that are like fine wines and they just get better every time you hear them.  Kudos, friends.  And thanks for letting us be a part of your festival.

After Wailing Loons finished their set, One Ukulele took to the stage. Don’t be fooled.  Though there is only one ukulele in One Ukulele, there are also two guitarists.  They play a mix of old folk tunes and originals crafted in that fashion.  Watching them, I’m not always sure who is singing what part.  They are in such unison and bring three great voices to the stage and pull off some amazing harmonies.  Not an act to miss.  In the middle of their set, one of the guitarists broke a string.  He asked Dan if he could borrow his guitar, but Dan had just broken a string on his guitar during the last song of the Wailing Loons set.  I offered my guitar and the show continued.

When One Ukulele was done with their set, it was our turn to take the stage. We set up fairly quickly.  The stage wasn’t very big.  Space was a prime commodity.  After we figured out how to stack all of our amps, we did a quick sound check and started into our set.  It was boomy in the venue.  We rocked our set and howled above the heads of the audience.  It was a ton of fun and everyone was in to it.  We couldn’t have been happier to play at the first ever LoonFest.  Dave was even sporting a Save the Boundary Waters pin all night long.  It was truly great to be a part of it.  And the children were dancing and dancing until they just couldn’t take it anymore.


After we hauled our gear off the stage, Hayden Fox started setting up. They are a power three piece.  We stacked most of our gear to the side of the stage near the garage door and walked outside for some fresh air.  It was a beautiful night and Modist Brewing has some great beverages on tap.  We took advantage of our wristbands and enjoyed the band from the cool air of the patio.


Flatwater Mississippi went on for the grand finale. All of the lights in the room were turned off and they rocked their intricate, swampy blues to the pulse of the stage lights.  Everybody was in to it and stomping around.

We had a ton of fun at LoonFest. We want to thank everyone who came out to support the cause.  Modist Brewing was a great venue.  The bands were great.  Wailing Loons were gracious hosts and they met their fundraising goal.  The food truck was top notch as well.  It was an honor to be a part of it.


In Other Bunker News:


We had our first ever alligator in the Bunker this past Thursday. Just a little two footer.  Everything was fine, for the most part.  Except for the time we all went out for some fresh air and Liz stayed in the Bunker with the alligator and it escaped its enclosure and she ran out to tell us it was loose.  So, we came back in and had to find and safely secure the alligator and put it back in its enclosure. I imagine that won’t become a regular occurrence.


We are happy to announce that Wailing Loons will be joining the Bunker for the foreseeable future. We’re excited to have them aboard.

Don’t forget! We have a show next Thursday, October 19th at the Viking Bar with the Mumbling Owls.  It’s been a long time coming and I’m excited for the evening.  Music starts at 7:30.


Finally, it’s time to give the drummer some.

Beau Larson

Create Tension and Awkward Moments…Drums

Aka:  El Shogun

When did you start playing an instrument?

I started singing at an early age (even though I don’t sing in King Fish Crow). I started playing drums for the fourth grade elementary school concert band.  It wasn’t until I got my first drum set at the age of fourteen that I really got into it!

Who are your favorite musicians/bands/artists?

Sofakingdom, The Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Primus (or anything else Les Claypool does), Lagwagon, Bob Marley, The Buddy Rich Big Band, Galactic, Vulfpeck, Tool, A Wilhelm Scream, James Brown, Trio CrEePy, Good For Cows, Paul Simon, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Hamilton Trio, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Matisyahu, Easy Star All-Stars, Pink Floyd, Clifford Brown, The Vandals, Strung Out, Muse, Twenty One Pilots, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, Propagandhi, King Crimson, and yes, Ween and too many others.  

Who are your biggest musical influences?

Dave King (everything the guy does is amazing), Owen Weaver, Steve Gadd, Stanton Moore, Jeff Hamilton, Dave Raun, Jordan Burns, Derrick Plourde, Steward Copland, Elvin Jones, Buddy Rich, Carlton Barrett, Bill Stewart, Mike Clark, John Bonham, Bill Bruford, Peter Erskine, Danny Carey, Max Roach, Mark Guiliana, Benny Greb, Josh Freeze, Jojo Mayer and again too many others.

Who are your favorite local bands?

Again anything Dave King does (The Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Dave King Trucking Company), Wailing Loons, Loons in the Attic, Flatwater Mississippi and Sofakingdom

What is your favorite piece of gear? Why?

My drum throne. I love my drums, but who doesn’t love a good place to sit. 

What genre is King Fish Crow?

Indie Folk Rock with a harder edge

How cool is the Bunker?

It’s pretty sweet. It’s the type of jam/hangout spot you dreamed about when you were fourteen.  It also combines the fun of playing music and the relaxation of being in a sauna. 

What has been the most memorable King Fish Crow show for you?

The house party we played in Dexter. Because of waiting out the rain in our sweet tarp fort and the cheese ball munching little girl who clung to Josh. There was also a show at The Fine Line Music Cafe, when I was in Invisible Machines, and we played on the same bill as King Fish Crow and I remember that night because that was the night Osama Bin Laden was shot by US forces. 

What is your favorite King Fish Crow song to play live?

Sweet Desperation and 1,2,3,4, but Annie’s Piano is climbing that list pretty fast.

What is your favorite color?


Hot Sauce?

Yes, if Sriracha. No, if Tabasco (too much vinegar)

What city do you live in?


What is your hometown?

Cannon Falls

What do you do during the day?

Practice. Practice and more Practice.  I work second shift at a restaurant, so during the day, it’s practice till I have to go to work.

What is your favorite movie?


What is your favorite Holiday?

Halloween, without a doubt.

What would you bring for your Desert Island Playlist? (5 albums)

I can’t choose and you can’t make me!

What is your favorite hobby/pastime?

Drumming and watching movies (I’m partial to cheesy horror movies).

Do you have any pets?

5 cats (Sammy, Binx, Bella, Cleopatra, and Gizmo), 50+ Snakes (10 Green Tree Pythons, 2 Emerald Tree Boas, 4 Amazon Tree Boas, 4 Carpet Pythons, to name a few) and 50+ other reptiles.

What is your favorite beer?


What is your preferred method of travel?

It depends on where I’m going. I have never been on a train.  Probably plane, just because it’s more novel to me.  It’s great.  You get to burden people with dropping you off and picking you up.  It really makes you feel important. 

What is the most important thing to know about you?

I’m not ticklish… I also have a decent sense of humor. I might not talk much, but if you get to know me…I’ll talk your ear off. 

What is your biggest pet peeve?

When it takes forever for the server to come back and receive payment for the meal.

Playing live or recording in a studio? Which do you prefer?

Live! I love the spontaneity of live music.  Anyone can make their music sound great if they have twenty takes to get it right, but to really nail it in a live setting is a thing of true beauty.  Not to mention the energy you feel when the crowd is really enjoying what you are doing.  It’s really exciting to see a band just crushing it.

If King Fish Crow booked a show on the moon that was to be broadcast to Earth and the entire galaxy, would you make the proper preparations and ultimate voyage?

Why? Did we give up trying to book shows on Earth?


“Each year, every city in the world that can should have a multiday festival.  More people meeting each other, digging new types of music, new foods, new ideas.  You want to stop having so many wars?  This could be a step in the right direction.”     – Henry Rollins

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