Opening day two of Lollapalooza was Michigan band (and Nebraska favorite) Frontier Ruckus.
With a crowd of a few hundred, I enjoyed how FR’s bluegrass-tinged folk rock was a step away from the rest of Lolla’s indie-heavy lineup.
Take their short rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Zachary Nichols played it on a saw. I bet you $5 won’t see anyone else play that instrument this weekend.
They followed with “Mona and Emmy,” a song leader Mathew Milia said was “about a fictitious love triangle I was once in,” where the band welcomed former member Anna Burch onstage to sing along.
It all came together with “What You Are,” which crescendoed into a huge folk jam of harmonica, banjo and, once again, Nichols’ saw.
Frontier Ruckus was a mellow and familiar way to ease into the day, and contained a refreshing sound.