Evergreen Grass band follows Water Wars Thursday
By Nick Longworth
Water was flying through the air despite sunny skies before Eau Claire’s Evergreen Grass band played the 2nd Street Stage on Thursday, Aug. 8.
The occurrence had nothing to do with the weather, but instead the annual Water Wars on Main that preceded the concert left a large audience wet and looking for more entertainment.
It was a large crowd with several hundred people flocking to downtown Park Rapids Thursday.
The Evergreen Grass band took the stage at 7 p.m. instead of the usual 6 p.m. slot for the weekly concert series.
The Evergreen Grass band had previously played at Terrapin Station in Nevis, and was contacted by owner Brian Skinness to come back to the area and play in Park Rapids.
The band traveled over five hours to play the performance and that’s not counting the traffic through the Twin Cities.
“The worst traffic I have had in a long time coming up here,” said Adam Sealand who plays the mandolin and sings.
“I just kind of fell asleep in the van, woke up and I was here,” said Tim Litscher, who plays guitar and sings.
The Evergreen Grass band played a majority of original material, with some covers sprinkled in that are more personal, obscure favorites than sing-along crowd pleasers.
The band’s banjo player, Matt Jagow, has a family cabin in the area.
“I’ve been coming up here to a cabin for the Fourth of July fireworks for most of my life,” Jagow said.
Ultimately the band had no real expectations for the night other than to have fun, and hopefully do it in front of a crowd that enjoys it as well.
“We love playing outside, and it looks like a cool event,” Jagow said, “We’re also camping at Itasca after this, so I’m really excited for that too. I’m hoping to have a great time; if we have fun then it’s a success.”
Gregory Manning, bass and dog whisperer, said “I really hope the audience shows us what they’re all about. We’re hoping for a connection.”