C-Level/Rainbow Emergency/Earthington Trumpskins

June 25, 2016

Negative Space Gallery is much more than just an art gallery, and that’s one of the things I love about it. For example, when you walk into the main gallery, you can immediately see a large stage across from the entrance. And Negative Space presents many live musical performances every month.

Last night, for example, there was a concert featuring three bands, and it was a lot of fun and very entertaining. The first group that performed was a new band called the Earthington Trumpskins. It’s a trio, and two of the three band members are associated with Negative Space. Sean Seibert, one of the gallery’s board members, plays bass, and Ari Warner, who works for the Gallery, plays drums and guitar. The third member is Steve D.K., who plays guitar.

The group played five songs last night, most of which were instrumentals. But they sounded great. And there was a little girl in the audience, Kitsu Steinman-Arendsee, who came up onstage and danced while the band performed.

The second band that performed last night was the Rainbow Emergency. They are also a trio, and the members are Ryan Harris on drums, Kim Haffey on guitar and bass and vocals, and Jake Mercer on bass and keyboards. They were really great, and Kim is a terrific singer. She has a beautiful voice, and is a great songwriter. Their first song was one that she wrote called “Day One.” They then did a song called “River Nights,” which was written by Jake Mercer. He played keyboards on this song, and Kim sang once again. The group then played two more songs that Kim had written, before doing a cover of Billy Preston’s “Nothing from Nothing.” That song was one of the highlights of the night!

Rainbow Emergency did one more original song before closing with two more covers, including the Ann Peebles classic “I Can’t Stand the Rain” and Amy Winehouse’s “Know You Now.” They are a terrific band, and if you have not seen them, you should check them out. They added that they have an album that will be coming out soon.

The headliner on Friday night was C-Level. That band is a trio that includes Dave Deitke on guitar, Coda Crose on bass and Lee Kolarik on drums. Unfortunately, I had to leave early and did not catch their entire set, but I know the band, and they are also really terrific.

So if you haven’t been to Negative Space, you should come by and check it out. It’s a home for almost every kind of art you can think of.

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