At 8:15 p.m. Feb. 16, more than 50 people were already milling around the Visual Arts Collective in anticipation of Mostly Muff's annual performance.
“There used to be this place called Mostly Muffins,” keyboardist and vocalist Gia Trotter said of her idea for the band’s name. “I thought, ‘I’m going to take the muffin and cut it in half.’”
Mostly Muff puts on a live cover show benefit each year. This year, the group decided to benefit Boise Bully Breed Rescue and even brought in ambassador dogs and a 5-month-old squeal-worthy puppy.
“Every year, we sit down and discuss what the needs are,” said Trotter. “We do humans all the time.”
Opening band The Dirty Moogs canceled because of a family emergency, so Hairless Whisker, which covered '90s hits this year, played first. The band stepped on stage clad in full grunge attire: flannel, jeans and thermal underwear under cutoffs.
It started off with
Pearl Jam’s “I’m Going Hungry" Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike" and then got the crowd dancing and screaming along to Radiohead’s “Creep,” and finished with Semisonic’s “Closing Time.”
Mostly Muff was up next, wearing fake abs, hairspray and leather pants. A projector lit up the background with The Rolling Stones' classic lips and tongue design as the band launched into “Start Me Up.”
The band consisted of seven performers this year and included saxophone and trumpet accompaniment during “Honky Tonk Woman.”
A costume contest created an intermission for the band's set. The five winners each received a plastic stained-glass medallion that said ”Rock ‘n’ Roll Forever.” When the music started back up, the crowd danced on the wood block tables of the VAC and even got up on each other’s shoulders.
Mostly Muff finished off its set with an encore that included 18 people on stage singing the famous choir vocals to “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” After which, DJ Doug Martsch picked up the dance vibe.
“The day after we do this show, we start thinking about next year," said Trotter.