Community. That’s probably the one word I would use to describe what I experienced during this past Saturday night’s show at The Rebel Lounge featuring Captain Squeegee, Fairy Bones, Harrison Fjord, and Bear Ghost. Many people apart of the local music community and myself have either seen one or all of the bands that were on Saturday night’s lineup, but the support, talent, and overall passion that was exhibited at The Rebel Lounge created an experience that words can’t really describe.
Bear Ghost’s highly energized set opened the night with an already packed house,
Harrison Fjord exhibited their musicality,
Fairy Bones, as always, were passionate,
and the whimsicality of Captain Squeegee was quite a sight to see.
All the musicians came together and felt the love from the crowd and it was reciprocated time and time again. After Captain Squeegee’s set at the very end of the night, some members from the other bands came together and sung a song that they created earlier in the week and played on Beef Vegan’s radio show, TMI, on KWSS 93.9. (Link to Song)
The sheer talent on that stage was unfathomable. I’m very confident that many great things are going to happen to all of these bands in 2016 and this concert was just the beginning. I don’t think the local music community could have asked for a better show on a Saturday night in Phoenix, AZ.
I have to take a moment to mention the person who I know didn’t do this alone, but you could say she was the brains behind the operation.
Mandi Kimes otherwise known as Mixtape Mandi organized and promoted this event and I don’t think she could have done a better job. The Rebel Lounge was packed more than I have ever seen it, the sets ran smoothly, and the crowd immensely enjoyed themselves. Mandi currently manages three of the four bands that played Saturday night—Captain Squeegee, Fairy Bones, and Harrison Fjord. I honestly believe that her love and passion for music and the bands she manages is one of the main reasons why these musicians are going to be on a whole new level in 2016.
I unfortunately could not shoot Bear Ghost, but a photo was provided by Brandon McGill. All other photos are by Ray² Photography.