I talked about my hesitation regarding reviewing Harbor & Home last time I covered them in March. You can read that whole review HERE but I can also just tell you my dilemma- The bassist is my boyfriend and I’m also actually helping the band book some shows. So it’s not even just a conflict of interest– it’s a double conflict of interest but Sunday night was my first show after my birthday sabbatical and it just feels weird not to be writing about the show so, although I’m going to keep this short and sweet, I still wanted to make a post about the amazingness that happened at The 7th Street Entry on Sunday.

There were only two bands on the bill and the first one was Harbor & Home. There was a sense of excitement in the air as I met up with the band for a quick drink before they started. You could tell that, although this band is making waves and they have played a lot recently, they were picking up on the magic that is the 7th Street Entry (which is the smaller venue connected to the legendary First Avenue venue) as this was their first time playing there in this configuration (Harbor & Home has been around for some time but recently re-hit the scene with a new line-up). Personally, I knew the excitement that Alan, the bassist, was trying his best to hide but it was like watching a kid in a candy store when it came to all four members.

That energy resonated throughout their fifty minute set. Although they sounded great like they always do and played the songs that they typically play, there was something special about their performance on Sunday night and all I can think of it to be would be the magic of being in such a legendary and storied venue. There was just a spark between all of the members that couldn’t be understated. Even when the band was playing a slower, more tender song or even during the last song where the rest of the band just stood there as vocalist Kaleb Williams brought the set home, there was an undeniable sense of energy and fire that radiated from the stage and really got the audience hooked.

Harbor & Home’s set was not without it’s flaws, don’t get me wrong. The talking between songs, although insightful and sweet, became a bit too much as every song seemed to come with a lengthy story. There were times where some back-up vocals went a bit flat and had me distracted from the beauty of the tracks but, all in all, it was an absolutely amazing set and a perfect way to ease back into the daily grind for me.

I promise that I’m not just here to praise my boyfriend’s band. Another reason I really wanted to write this review was because of the headliner, Happy Landing. Hailing from Oxford, Mississippi, Happy Landing had me hooked within the first couple of seconds of their set and it just felt wrong to not give them some press after the stellar set they gave me on Sunday. Happy Landing’s set started off dramatically with the sound of a spacewalk or something of the sort blaring through the speakers as the band took the stage, one by one, wearing their jumpsuits. Yeah, to say they had caught my attention would be an understatement but my jaw damn near hit the floor as the band jumped into their set.

Happy Landing’s sound is very much in the vein of Harbor & Home. It is folksy and poppy with a sense of DIY ethics and nothing sure of a fiery passion that radiated throughout the intimate venue. This band had everything to prove and nothing to lose which translated into a set full of life. Although their sound definitely reminded me of a million other bands out there, they brought a certain flare to it with their live performance that caught me off guard. From the ferocity with which Andrew Gardner played his violin to the way Keegan Christensen whipped her hair to the beat in almost a metal fashion– there was something to see at all times with this band.

I feel like when I sat down to write this review and praise Happy Landing, I had a million things to say but, now as I sit here, I find myself lost for words so before I start repeating myself, I’ll just leave it at this– Happy Landing has a hell of a show. I honestly walked into the 7th Street Entry to support the boyfriend thinking I would leave a bit early and take advantage of an early night but Happy Landing had me stuck for all of the right reasons. You will absolutely see me at their next Twin Cities performance and I highly urge you to join me!

Line Up:

Harbor & Home

Happy Landing

Venue:  7th Street Entry

Smell-O-Meter: Nothing Notable

Average Age of the Crowd: 25

Crowd Surfers- 0

Stage Divers- 0

Mosh-ability- 1 out of 10

Amount of Beer Spilled On Me While Walking Around- $0

Broken Bones- None Noticed

Spotted Flying Through The Air- Nothing

Fights- None Witnessed

Pukers- 0

Passed Out Kids- 0

Idiots Taken Out By Security – 0

How Irritated I Was With The Audience – 0 out of 10

How Many Times I’ve Seen These Bands Before (or at least how many times I can remember)-

Happy Landing- 0

Harbor & Home – 3

Celebrity Sightings – None

Overall Score – 8 out of 10

Show on Deck — Jagged Little Pill- The Alanis Morissette Musical

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