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Mission Creek: The Head and The Heart @ Englert, 4/4/14

The Head and The Heart

Last night, (April 4th) at the Englert Theater, the popular indie folk-rock band The Head and The Heart preformed an incredible show. They were just one of many headlining shows and events happening in Iowa City for the annual Mission Creek festival.

Before The Head and The Heart began they’re performance they’re opener, Canadian native, Basia Bulat blew the crowd away. She continued to amaze the audience with her astounding vocal talent and equally astounding instrumental talents.

Bulat is know for playing the autoharp, and for a very good reason, this 36 stringed instrument is not for amateurs. She also played keyboard and ukulele during the show. The folk singer-songwriter’s bubbly and enthusiastic personality captivated the audience and kept them cheering for more.

 Although they were sad to see Bulat go, the crowd was definitely thrilled to see The Head and The Heart take the stage.The band from Seattle, Washington started in 2009, and has certainly gained a large amount of followers within the past few years.

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Many fans gathered up by the front of the stage to get as close as they could to the band. This wasn’t too difficult seeing as how involved with the audience the band members became. Jumping off of the main part of the stage and getting just a few feet away from some very excited audience members was just one ways that they thrilled the crowd.

Between songs, the vocal artist made comments to the audience which kept them feeling involved in the show, this included a shout out to Iowa City’s Blue Bird Dinner, which got a very positive cheering response from the audience.

The Head and The Heart

During the show the band preformed songs both from their 2011 album The Head and The Heart, and their more recent 2013 album Let’s Be Still. Whether you knew the lyrics or not, it was very easy to get swept away by this extremely talented group of musicians. Their performance certainly didn’t disappoint, and their five-song encore was an amazing ending to a phenomenal show.

To show even further how much they are grateful to their fans, Jon Russell (vocals) (along with opening act Basia Bulat) stood out by the merchandise table after the show and were enthusiastic to meet fans, answer questions, sign posters, and take pictures.

Mission Creek continues through the weekend. For more events, check out their website. For more from  The Head and The Heart, check out their website.