After a food-laden Thanksgiving and a long day at the office on Friday, the invitation for a cold beer and some cool music at Terrapin Station was an easy one to accept. So, around 9 p.m., a friend and I headed over to hear locals Middle Income Household Band and honorary locals Frame of Mind.
MIHB took to the stage and dove right in to an hour-long set of groove-able jam music. With a handful of covers like Stevie Wonders' "Supersition" and two handfuls of originals, their music has a groovy, laid back base layered with long instrumentals and solos. They play the kind of music that's easy to dance to, or just let float around in the background. After MIHB's set, Frame of Mind hit it hard and took the party to another level. By the time FOM hit their second song (which, as is often true with jam bands, was only about 20 minutes in to their set), there was standing room only in the bar. FOM's gospel-like keys are a unique complement to their jazzy/psychedelic/funk sound complete with sax riffs and (Ian Anderson fans rejoice) flute. FOM uses a myriad of percussion sounds and the beats kept the constant influx of revelers dancing, swaying and bouncing long after, I'm sure, I headed home. Keep an eye on the BW live music guide for show listings (MIHB will be back at Terrapin in December and FOM will be back with a handful of Idaho shows in January) and check out FOM's music out at www.frameofmindlive.com and MIHB's at myspace.com/themiddleincomehouseholdband.