Some musician friends of mine played a show at The Garage in Burnsville last Friday. It has been awhile since I’ve been to a local show, so it felt good to see some familiar faces.

It kicked off with Josh Clutter who serenaded the crowd with his acoustic guitar. Then Grayson DeWolfe hit the stage as a 3 piece featuring Josh (formally in The Picture Perfect) on electric guitar. The crowd sang along the entire set and was gifted with a cover of “Pompeii” by Bastille.

Up next was the pop punk band Let Yourself Go who picked up the pace and got everyone moving. I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they were on the stage. Their humor was on point and their hooks were catchy and easy to remember. Keep an eye on them, as they’re no doubt going to keep moving up the ranks.

The Millenium has recently released an amazing EP “It’s So Much Friendlier With Two” that they execute perfectly live. Honest lyrics with danceable tunes, it’s no wonder they’ve been turning heads and filling up venues.

Headliners, The Role Call, prefaced their set by showing a mini rockumentary as a special departing gift to fans. They pulled up former guitarist Zach for one of their older tunes and also filled the stage with former members of The Picture Perfect while covering “Good Time” by Owl City.

You can check out some of the performances below.

Let Yourself Go- “This Isn’t The First Time Someone’s Told Me I Should’ve Become An Attorny”:

The Millenium- “Take Me”:

Building Blocks

It’s been a couple months since I started brainstorming what my next direction will be with music, which also means coming up with a new name! I started making lists of possible names on my phone and computer, taking inspiration from books, articles, and common conversations. The list grew. Then I parsed it down. It grew again, and the cycle continued. Besides the fact that it seems all the “good” names are taken, I also began to feel as though I’ve outgrown them. All the names I marked as a possibility started to seem meaningless or shallow.

So I decided to turn in the direction that many solo artists have gone before me; I will use my real name!

As I write/ create new music I will release it under the name Steven Jacob.

(Although I’d love to hear any suggestions you might have as well!)