Terraplane Sun soared to new heights at The Black Sheep, on Dec. 7. They were the main support, Ballyhoo! and Strange Talk were the opening acts and The Unlikely Candidates were the headlining act.
Ben Rothbard is the lead vocalist, guitarist and plays the harmonica, Chris “Cecil” Campanaro is the bassist, John Zambetti is the lead guitarist and plays the mandolin, Lyle Riddle is the drummer and Gabe Feenberg is the keyboardist, lap steel guitarist, accordionist and trombonist of Terraplane Sun. Campanaro, Zambetti and Freenberg are also the backup vocalists.
Soon after the stage lights dimmed, Terraplane Sun made their way onto the stage and they were welcome with cheers. After making their way to their designated areas, they began their set with “My Generation Blues”. Rothbard grabbed ahold of the tambourine, struck it and assisted Riddle with the percussions. As the instrumental came to an end—Rothbard greeted the Colorado Springs, Colo. crowd.
Prior to “Stuck in the Middle”, Rothbard picked up the acoustic guitar and strummed it. When Zambetti not playing the guitar, he focused his attention on the tambourine and played it. During the song, he and Feenberg assisted with backup vocals. After the song came to a conclusion—Zambetti exchanged his guitar for the mandolin and used it for the next song, “Ya Neva Know”.
Before “No Regrets” Rothbard joked he never realized how cold it was in Colo., as the crowd laughed with him. Afterwards, he acknowledged everyone whom shared the stage with Terraplane Sun and for everyone to stick around for The Unlikely Candidates. He also gave special praises to Feenberg for his ability to play the trombone too. Soon after, Campanaro encouraged everyone to rhythmically clap with him to the beat of Riddle’s drumming and everyone followed their lead throughout the song.
“Get Me Golden” brought an end to Terraplane Sun’s recital. During the introduction, the crowd cheered aloud to the familiar sounds. Before the chorus, Rothbard noticed the majority of the crowd was singing along with him. He went onto spin the microphone stand around towards the spectators and they soon sang into it. He went onto compliment the crowd how peaceful it was, during the final instrumental. After the concert came to an end, Zambetti gave away a guitar pick.
“Funnel of Love”, “Tell Me I’m Wrong”, “The Weekend” and “Lay My Head Down” were also part of Terraplane Sun’s set.