Last night at Schuba’s Tavern, the Kentucky-based band Bendigo Fletcher brought a dose of folk with psych rock flourishes – think a smooth combination of Avett brothers harmonies, rambling Pink Floyd jams, and Andrew Bird crooning.
A partially masked crowd (many patrons went bare-faced despite the club’s mask mandate) stomped and swayed as the band showcased tracks from its debut LP, Fits of Laughter, released earlier this year on Elektra Records.
On grungier songs like “Evergreen,” the album’s lead single, Frontman Ryan Anderson wielded impressive pipes that rival Jimmy Page, while the band’s hit “Sugar in the Creek” proved to be a crowd favorite with its jangly banjo riffs and infectious melody.
Despite being a relatively new act, it’s clear Bendigo Fletcher has garnered a solid fan base in Chicago. Audience members sang along to country/psych-inspired tracks like “Astro Pup,” and when the band concluded its set, the crowd erupted in a chorus of “One more song!”
Bendigo Fletcher exceeded the call for an encore, performing not one but three more songs including its 2018 hit “Wonderfully Bizarre.”
The opening act, Chicago’s own Evening Attraction, proved to be the night’s unexpected treat. Sipping Miller High Life and sporting garb reminiscent of the Blues Brothers, the band delivered a set that harkened back to the halcyon days of rock n’ roll.
Psych-infused tracks off of their most recent album, The End, Again, made the Evening Attraction the perfect complement to the headliner.
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Kira Leadholm is the co-editor-in-chief of Redacted Magazine. Kira recently returned from a year living in Kazakhstan where she reported on the climate crisis, LGBT+ rights, labor issues and the arts. Currently, she studies social justice and investigative reporting at Medill School of Journalism, and she holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago.