|The Missing Letters Throwing Down!|
My musical ramblings over the past decade have taken me on quite a journey in pursuit of the very best in live, local music. In my never-ending quest for "The People, The Places and The Music (In That Order)" I have met a blistering array of fantastic musicians, explored the very best in music venues and expanded my musical horizons beyond belief. It was with much surprise and pleasure that--while attending a decidedly NOT "SemiBluegrass" (but none-the-less incredible) music festival last weekend (more about SummerBash Indiana HERE)--that I ran across The Missing Letters band from Minnesota.
A last-minute addition given an opening slot on the first day and a short second-stage appearance the next, this group of young men were my pick for "breakout artists" of the whole festival. Sure, they are musically talented...but all the bands there were. What set them apart were those subtle intangibles that that take most bands years to learn (and many never do). First, the band had incredible stage presence: interacting with the audience effortlessly, feeding off the crowd's response and making that visceral connection to the music that all good bands do. Furthermore, the band exhibited a level of professionalism on stage the stood in stark contrast to their age. They apologized for a technical glitch, thanked the promoters frequently, gave a shout out to the other bands appearing after them and spoke positively about the whole event. After their set, they could be seen manning their own merch tent, circulating among the crowd with some swag for their new fans, and even joining the crowd for a couple of the headliner acts right in front of the stage. Their enthusiasm was infectious. Personally, I found them well-spoken, enthusiastic and instantly relatable.
|The Missing Letters' Most Recent EP|