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“We have some bad news. This will be the last song of the night,” claimed Bear’s Den singer/songwriter Andrew Davie with a wink, “Minneapolis, you have been awesome. This is 100%, most definitely, our last song.”
Sure thing Andrew. Contrary to Davie’s claims, Minneapolis fans who stayed until the very end were treat with a very special encore.
Since 2013, Bear’s Den have seemingly toured endlessly. Each Minneapolis stop seems to garner more and more attention among an all-ages fan base. Arriving at the Fine Line Music Cafe, eager fans stretched down the block in the cold January weather. Kicking off the night, Andrew Davie took the stage to introduce opener Gill Landry; whom warmed up the audience with a collection of heartfelt acoustic ballads and a touches of humorous dry wit. Afterwhich, the attention was solely on Davie and company…kind of.
Andrew Davie and Kevin Jones have continued to evolve their songwriting and sound, despite the departure of guitarist Joey Haynes. On their latest album, Red Earth & Pouring Rain, the duo expanded their folk roots with the addition of keys, programmed percussion and bigger drums. To bring the album to life, the duo recruited touring musicians Christof (guitar/banjo) and members of Matthew & The Atlas on keys, drums and additional guitars. The additions allow Bear’s Den to sound as big as they need to be with the talent and vulnerability to be at their best.
While big songs like “Elysium,” “Auld Wives” and “Pompeii” were obvious crowd-pleasers, the biggest moments of the night were reserved for their most intimate performances. “Isaac” ended beautifully with a beautiful aapella outro. Davie, Jones and Christof unplugged and performed as a trio for “Don’t Let the Sun Steal You Away.” After a short encore break, the three men brought “Gabriel” to the crowd as they walked into the middle of the audience for an acoustic performance. Yet, the crowning jewel of the evening was reserved for a cover. In an effort to play one cover, local to the city they are performing, Bear’s Den invited The Staves on stage to perform Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” In that moment, nothing else quite compared and in a city like Minneapolis, honoring Prince’s legacy is an honor to his city.
Bear’s Den Setlist
Red Earth & The Pouring Rain
Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away (Unplugged)
The Love We Stole
Roses on a Breeze
Love Can Not Stand Alone
Dew On The Vine
When You Break
Above the Clouds of Pompeii
Nothing Compares 2 U (with The Staves) [Prince Cover]