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Minneapolis-based ‘Soap’ play 2nd Street Stage

Soap graced the 2nd Street Stage on Thursday, July 10. After a slow start, band members, from left, Erick Krapf, Ross Taylor, Austin Lee and Skyler Krapf were able to play a strong set of music for the crowd. (Nick Longworth / Enterprise)

By Nick Longworth

Despite a late start, a looming storm, and technical difficulties, Minneapolis’ Soap delivered a polished performance on Thursday, July 10, the fourth installment of downtown Park Rapids’ weekly 2nd Street Stage Concert Series.

Amid overcast skies, the band traveled from Minneapolis to Park Rapids for the 25th stop of their 2014 summer tour.

Scheduling to begin at 6 p.m., the band didn’t end up performing until 6:30 due to technical difficulties that were resolved as soon as possible.

The crowd, around 100 to 150 in size, didn’t seem to mind the slight delay, using it as a chance to converse and visit the beer garden one more time.

Once the music began, the crowd quickly realized the music would be worth the wait.

Mixing a blend of original material and covers

(about a “70/30 percent tonight” says bassist and main singer Ross Taylor) the band kept most the entire crowd engaged with their blend of rock and borderline funk that maintained a pop backbone.

They’re also no strangers to the road.

“We’ve played at the Blue Ox in Bemidji a couple of times when that was still around. We’ve been to Fargo and Duluth quite a bit. We do about 100 shows on the road every year and a weekly show at The Cabooze in Minneapolis,” said Brad Solheim, band manager.

They also played last year’s Muskie Days after the invitation from Brian Skinness (Terrapin Station’s owner), and decided to come back once they heard from him again.

“Brian’s an awesome guy to work with. He’s a really cool dude. It makes it easy when the promoters and everyone who puts it together are easy-going and accommodating. It sounded like a fun gig,” Solheim said.

Prior to the show the band was in good spirits although visibly rushed after a later than expected arrival.

Asked about their anticipations for the show ahead, Taylor said, “I don’t really know what to expect. We hope to get some more fans, I think that’s the reason you play music. Otherwise we would be playing in my basement. It’s good for the soul, jamming out for people. Hopefully people want to have a good time and dance.”

Nick Longworth
A graduate from St. Cloud State University, Nick photographs and writes a variety of stories for nearly every section of The Park Rapids Enterprise. His duties also include section layouts and online content submission.
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