Portland band Fruition played not one but four sets at the recent YarmonyGrass festival at State Bridge and Rancho del Rio, as well as an unofficial fifth appearance when they joined Elephant Revival for its last tune of the night, "Grace of a Woman," from an opposing stage.
"We all had this crazy idea," said drummer Tyler Thompson.
Considering we didn't have a monitor feed from the main stage to our stage and just had to follow them by visual cues across the sea of people, it went surprisingly well," he said.
"It was definitely one of the boldest concepts and most unique moments I've witnessed out at the Bridge," said Geoff Mintz, who attended the festival. "The Yarmony faithful ate it right up, and I think most people would say it was one of the highlights of the weekend."
The band also performed a happy hour set with Nathan Moore at the Yarmony Creek Saloon. One hour turned into four hours of unrehearsed jamming, Thompson said. And towards the end of the set, the Dead Winter Carpenters joined in.
"The only reason for stopping after four hours was that the bar ran out of alcohol. We could've gone all night with those guys," Thompson said.
Promoter Scotty Stoughton was so impressed with the band's performances at Yarmony, he said he "jumped" on the opportunity to bring them back to town. The folk-Americana band will perform a free show at Cima's FAC in Avon Friday night.
Stoughton's band Bonfire Dub will open the show and Bridget Law from Elephant Revival will also join the band.
"Bridget ... has jammed with us countless times," Thompson said. "We're now beginning to call Bridget an extended member of Fruition, because she is always down to jam, perform and even record with us. Gotta love that girl!"
'Always down to jam'
Fruition has been around for four years now. Originally the band started as a four-piece string band busking on the Portland streets with members Jay Cobb Anderson, Mimi Naja, Kellen Asebroek, and Keith Simon. About 18 months ago the band brought on Thompson, who previously played with the Clumsy Lovers (of Vancouver, B.C).
The band considers Colorado its second home.
"Our Colorado response has been overwhelmingly awesome, especially this last year," Thompson said. "A big reason for our recent success in this awesome state has been because of Colorado bands like Grant Farm, Elephant Revival, Leftover Salmon and Great American Taxi. These bands are constantly pushing our music to their fans and not to mention always down to jam with us 'til the sun comes up. Most of our favorite musicians in the country are based out of Colorado. It has definitely made some of us consider moving out here someday."
This marks the bands third trip to Colorado this summer. After playing at the Northwest String Summit near Portland, the band returned to Colorado on Tuesday for a six-show run that started in Carbondale, and along with tonight's show in Avon, includes peformances in Denver, Breckenridge, at Nedfest in Nederland and in Aspen.
"After that we'll be headin' up North for some Montana dates, and then the Juniper Jam festival in Eastern Oregon," Thompson said.
Then the band heads into the studio the first week of September to record demos for a new full length album, which they plan to release in February 2013.