Well that wasn't what I expected.
When I got to The Crofoot on Saturday night I was in a terrible mood; regardless of the fact that I, along with the rest of the crowd, was excited to help Mike Mains & The Branches celebrate their album release for Calm Down, Everything Is Fine.
The band was late hitting the stage and I could feel the crowd getting antsy.
But when the lights finally went down and the house music stopped it felt like the tension in the air was released; like the entire room had just heaved a sigh of relief. The band walked out and the crowd cheered as singer Mike Mains took his spot behind the main mic.
I aimed my lens at the crowd as Mains approached the front row and all of the sudden I found myself smiling along with the eager fans.
The show was just great and the vibe was happy; Mains' voice was strong and spot-on, and "The Branches" (Mains' wife Shannon Briggs and bassist Nathan Wethy) are too much fun to watch. When the band was cheered back on stage for an encore Wethy came out and did a cartwheel. That guy must burn hundreds of calories during each show; it seems like the only time he stopped jumping around is when he was singing. Briggs always looked like she was having a good time and did some wicked hair flips.
The set list included tunes from the new album Calm Down Everything Is Fine like "Noises" and the catchy "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" as well as older fan favorites from 2012's Home such as "Miracle" and "Stereo."
The final tune was title track "Calm Down, Everything Is Fine," during which balloons were released into the crowd. Who doesn't love balloons?
Everything really was fine on this night.
The show had already been bumped up to the ballroom after selling out the smaller and more intimate upper-level venue The Pike Room, so be sure to put Mike Mains & The Branches on your music radar; you'll definitely be hearing more from them!