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Backyard concert in Como features She’s Green and Lily Blue

New venue The Fernace hosts concert and clothing vendors at last Friday’s event.
Image by Photo by Max Mueller
The Como neighborhoods hole-in-the-wall shows have a unique ambiance that draw in a crowd.

She’s Green, Big Delicious, Love, Monday and Lily Blue performed an evening of music at The Fernace, a charming backyard venue tucked away in the Como neighborhood of Minneapolis. 

The energy at The Fernace was set with a background of psychedelic visuals illuminating the bands, along with string lights draped throughout the yard. The trees and fence surrounding the stage created a sense of privacy as the performers brought life to the garage they played in.

Lily Blue, a local indie band consisting of Lily Perkins (guitar, vocals), Aaron AuClair (guitar), Wilson Kurschner (bass) and Santos Cisneros (drums), opened the show. Their airy tunes and dreamy vocals helped to curate the atmosphere. The band brought the audience into their ethereal world as the performance set the stage for the night to come.

“Performing in a garage is definitely very different from somewhere like the Entry. It’s interesting being able to actually see everyone in the audience, it’s almost a bit intimidating at the same time. When there are lights on you, you can almost pretend there’s no one there, but at The Fernace I could feel all the eyes on me,” Perkins said. 

Lily Blue is currently working on releasing music and is hoping to put out a single within the year. 

Love, Monday, another indie group with more of a slacker rock sound was the next act on the schedule. They are comprised of Ryleigh Gallagher (guitar, vocals), Ida Ward York (guitar), Pablo Sande (drums) and Brandon Burmeister (bass). Their guitar licks and engaging stage presence quickly got the crowd moving and their tight-knit musicianship made for an engaging and unforgettable set.

“The Fernace was a really fun venue to play, we love smaller shows and playing outside. Everyone organizing it was super friendly and we had a great time,” Gallagher said.

Next up on stage was Big Delicious, made up of Andrew Mills (vocals), Nicholas Finnegan (guitar) Avary Edwards (guitar), Calvin Carrison (bass) and Joshua MacGregor (drums). They immediately entertained the crowd. Mills was donned in a suit of chainmail while playing the theremin and smoking a cigarillo. 

“House venues like The Fernace help make the shows personal and high energy. Larger venues can sometimes feel stiff and there isn’t the same sense of community as in a house show,” Mills said. “Although The Fernace didn’t give us a complimentary 24-pack of Hamm’s and a private bathroom, they did give us a free beer and they did have a bathroom, so it all worked out.”

This was the fourth concert by Big Delicious and they will be playing their next show on July 28th in Winona at Ed’s No Name Bar with Sleeping Jesus and Charlieboy. They will be releasing their debut EP, “Demonstration of Deliciousness,” soon.

The evening concluded with a mesmerizing performance by headliner She’s Green, with members Teddy Nordvold (bass), Zofia Smith (vocals), Liam Armstrong (guitar), Raines Lucas (guitar) and Kevin Seebeck (drums). They captivated the audience with their dreamy production, creating a perfect end to the night.

The Fernace delivered an intimate show with a variety of clothing vendors set up throughout the yard in addition to the amazing music. Visitors to the concert could browse the selection of merchandise, which gave the whole event an extra element. 

The Fernace provided an outstanding concert experience, showcasing an array of brilliant and diverse performers that left a lasting impression on everyone in attendance. The Fernace will surely become a beloved destination for music fans in the Como area if it continues to hold such events.

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