Live Review: The Fruit Bats and Moondoggies – The Mural Amphitheater 8/21

Fruit Bats

review by Karalee Sargent

photos by Brittney Bush Bollay (see complete set HERE)


It is a sad day when you realize that summer is coming to a close, and that day for us was last Friday at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheater to see the last of KEXP‘s summer “Concerts at the Mural” series. Hundreds of Seattle music faithfuls came out to enjoy the Fruit Bats and Moondoggies, kids and pups in tow, as the Space Needle loomed overhead.


 Fruit Bats


Before the Fruit Bats took the stage, the crowd was entranced by the always incredible Moondoggies. We were happy to see them back in their usual flannel and corduroy attire (since they’d tried to somewhat blend in with the hipster crowd at CHBP.) This band has got to be one of the most promising local bands with their perfectly executed repertoire of foot-stompin‘ Americana. It was amazing to see such a variety of fans in the crowd singing along, from a couple 10-year-old boys to a fist pumping drunk dude, the perfect example of how far the Moondoggies’ music is permeating the Pacific Northwest. Our favorite was the fast-paced “Blackbird” as well as “Save My Soul.” Basically, we can’t wait for their next EP.


Fruit Bats


 Then, in the literal shadow of the Space Needle, the Fruit Bats brought the audience to life. Everyone had been nestled on the lawn or snuggled up with an adult beverage in the beer garden, but as the sun sank lower in the purple sky, the crowd got more excited. After a few songs from the Fruit Bats, a formidable crowd of dancing fans had gathered at the stage’s edge. Even those curled up on blankets on the lawn rose to their feet to lift their babies into the air (most of which were wearing noise-canceling headphones… nice job, you responsible parents, you!) Even the furry friends in the audience looked like they were enjoying the show as dogs of every size stared at the musicians on stage and let their tongues loll about happily as their owners swayed to the songs.


Fruit Bats


The Fruit Bats’ set was a flawless run through of all the songs off their new album, The Ruminant Band, which hit stores on August 4th. They wrapped up their set with a groovy cover of The Blues Image’s “Ride Captain Ride” and a few older songs. The perfect ending to one of the season’s final great outdoor events.


But speaking of outdoor events, don’t forget Seattle’s last hurrah, Bumbershoot, taking place at Seattle Center September 5 – 7. The Click & Dagger crew will be there in full force, so please say hello and let us know what bands you’re planning to see while we’re there.


~ by clickdagger on August 25, 2009.

One Response to “Live Review: The Fruit Bats and Moondoggies – The Mural Amphitheater 8/21”

  1. Love these events, my first show was Sweetwater at a free Pain in the Grass show. I really hope they continue next year. Great review! Only in Seattle!!

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