The theme for night two of Middle of the Map was folk. Sean Rowe opened up the evening with a great set of baritone vocals and guitar. You could hear a pin drop during his set as his voice boomed through the Uptown Theater for the early crowd.
Following Rowe was Kansas City’s own Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. MW & MB have added drums and bass to the lineup to fill out the sound a bit and it’s really great. The core of the duets that garnered their initial success still maintain their character with a bit more bottom. For the larger venue like the Uptown it really helps. They’ve got a new album coming out in May that we’re really looking forward to.
AUDIO: Madisen Ward and Mama Bear performing “Silent Movies”
After Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Philadelphia folk rockers Strand of Oaks. Strand of Oaks is a project put together by Indiana native Timothy Showalter. He’s really released a pretty significant amount of material in just the last five years. Somehow we’re just now finding out about him. We dug it.
AUDIO: Hear Strand of Oaks here
Closing the night and clearly the main attraction, Iron and Wine.
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