If you want to see Ingeborg von Agassiz perform, it's not hard. The DIY electric-folk musician who travels with highly decorated keyboard has been known to play weekend brunches and a certain Great Lake, when frozen.
Still, she drew a rapt crowd for her Homegrown Music Festival set on Tuesday at Grandma's Sports Garden - a set that included songs from her 2017 album "O Giver of Dreams," in addition to newer music.
She opened with "Lonesome Way," the first track from the album. Her big voice filling the big space and green laser designs crossed her black dress. The fan faves were "Bulletproof Vest" and "Rebel Robin," but a couple hundred people hung on through her finale - a new song with a disco touch and vocal gymnastics.
Glen's Neighbor, The Slamming Doors and Big Wave Dave & The Ripples all played the big stage on a night when a lot of the shows were centered in Canal Park.
Bella Larson & The Scene Kids is exactly the kind of band you want to stumble upon during a music festival: quirky, fun, catchy. This wonderfully weird trio is Ben Engels (guitar, messy white wig, Betty Boop T-shirt, missing front tooth from a skateboarding incident, he said), Sage Snyder (a single drum, oversized flannel) and Nick Richard (head tilt, bare chest, mirror sunglasses). One song was seemingly a statement, repeated over and over, potentially "I'm gonna take a trip to the buffet." Another starts, "That dog's got a cool a** shirt," then devolves into a chorus of meows.
When the set at Amazing Grace ended, Engels half-heartedly mimed smashing his guitar.
"We've got like three tapes at the Fetus," he told the crowd. "They've been there forever."
Over at Vikre, the vibe was "Super Chill House Party." Dyad - a mood made by DJs Delgado and jjlawrence, a subtle light show, plant life and this amazing chandelier the Vikres have hanging in the middle of the room. This observer opted for The Wallflower and sunk into a leather couch to just, like, be.
You're probably wondering, mathematically, how the Holy Hootenanners - a band that has been known to travel by bus - fit on the small stage at Amazing Grace.
Very carefully. Pianist Caleb Anderson tucked into corner, dobro player Zach Langhorst up against the wall. Didn't stop the eightsome, which got its start as a church-based band. Colleen Myhre, who had played an earlier set at Sir Benedict's, made a quick venue switch and added to the big, bold vocals.