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Tuesday, April 23

Review: Fruition - The Top Hat - Missoula, MT - 4-5-13 (Family Friendly Show)

If you haven't heard of Fruition you soon will and your days will be fuller with soulful Americana Music because of it.  A string-roots band from Portland, Oregon Fruition has taken off on a national tour just as they get ready to release their latest record at The Aladdin in Portland on June 8th.  Right now they are in the middle of an East Coast run with Greensky Bluegrass before they head through the Midwest and back out West for some festivals including High Sierra Music 2013.
Fruition's show in Missoula was the first set in three as they played the famous Top Hat's "Family Friendly" slot that is open to all ages, especially children from 6 to 8pm.  Later that night they brought the full fury of their powerful Americana blend with almost three hours of music for the late night revelors. 
Our set was jam packed with covers, staples and classics with the band playing particularly to the children in The Top Hat's newly remodled and beautifully expanded bar/resteraunt that has been a stomping ground for superb music in Western Montana for decades.  With kids ranging from 1 to 10 years old filling the large dance floor the band took requests usually,  Mimi Naja would set aside her mandolin and ask (with a mic) for a request from someone in the crowd, this one boy in particular would say what kind of song he wanted, such as "fast", "crazy", "fun" and even once asking for a "bad" song.  We have plenty of those said Kellen Asebroek.  Playing some songs from their last album It Wont Be Long, they also played songs off of Hawthrone Hoedown and their self-titled album but kept most of their new material for the later show.  Missoula has been a steady stop on tour for this growing band and in the midst of the crowded genre of jam-grass and bluegrass they have managed to define themselves from withen the pack.  They do this by having a full on drum kit which gives their music a more Americana sound and they have a knack for constant evolution.  Their musical relationships as bandmates has become tighter and tighter as the years have gone by and with this their music has become as seemless as their harmonies.  Performing as a tight-knit unit sewn together through heavy touring and raw determinitation their short two hour show was, dare I say, more pleasurable to the adults in the crowd than to the spinning children who packed the dancefloor.  
With the new album coming out in a little over a month and a huge Spring and Summer Tour Fruition could easily stagnate, but from the sound of the music they are making completly evident they have bigger and better things on the horizon and I for one will not miss the next time they come to town.
TOURS AND TICKETS
By: Sammy Martin
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