Now in its fifth season, Arts and Draughts at the Columbia Museum of Art has established itself as a consistently entertaining event showcasing the museum, regional and local music, and craft breweries from across America. The November installment of the quarterly event features 4 artists local to Columbia, three of which are relatively new bands. It’s a slightly different approach than in the past when the lineup’s featured strong regional acts like Floating Action, Brave Baby, Bombadil, and The Whiskey Gentry, along with acts like The Lumineers and Shovels and Rope who broke out on a national level after their Arts and Draught’s appearance. While it’s nice to see regional acts at this event, it’s also great to see this group of locals introduced to a fresh crowd.
After abruptly splitting with Octopus Jones mid-way through 2014 Tyler Morris wasted no time in starting up his new project ET Anderson. This band has came along quickly, sniping members from Stagbriar, Sea Wolf Mutiny, and Small Sanctions to form a stellar high-energy live band. Tracks from ET Anderson’s debut release due out November 18 on Hearts & Plugs have gradually trickled out through several different blogs, so far receiving a warm reception. If you missed their set at last month’s Jam Room Music Festival you won’t want to miss them here. They’re a local band quickly on the up and up.
I was in a discussion recently about whether Can’t Kids first album Brushes, Touches, Tongues or their second album Ennui Go was better. My conclusion was that it’s great to be a band that people have these types of discussions about. Can’t Kids have evolved a lot since their first appearances as the duo Dawn Shredder. The addition of Henry Thomas (bass) and Amy Cuthbertson (cello) now seems like ages ago, but added a dynamic level and textures to Can’t Kids that shined on Ennui Go, especially in songs like “You Don’t Plan” and “Oh Momma.”
One of the best things that happened to me this year musically speaking was finding Stefanie Santana’s album I Admit I am Glad on Bandcamp. It was like a treasure I wasn’t looking for, but landed in my lap. An album that you can tell within 20 seconds of listening that you’ll listen to for the rest of your life. Santana has that gift that some songwriters have of turning their life into beautifully catchy songs.
The Howling Man
On their latest release Bier The Howling Man take a straight forward approach to gritty rocking blues, moving between riffs and rhythm guitar parts as singer Joshua Adams sprays quick lyrics on top. They channel a lot of the same emotions and overdriven sounds that Jack and Meg White put forth when The White Stripes broke out 15 years ago.
Brews from Widmer Brothers
The Winter Red Ale is the featured brew, with their Pale Ale and Hefeweizen available as well.
Enter to Win
Tickets for you and a guest to Arts and Draughts Friday November 7
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