After a brief and sweet opening set from Patrick Dethlefs (who was joined by some local friends of his own), Jeff Austin took the stage at the Fox Theatre on Thursday. He was joined on the first few songs by members of the Cosmic Bowling League, looking and sounding eerily similar to Austin’s bandmates in Yonder Mountain String Band. A few songs into the set, Nick Forster, Eric Thorin and Justin Hoffenberg joined the boys on stage to the delight of this now steadily grooving crowd, and helped Austin carry the show into the early hours of the morning. By the last song of the encore, the modest audience had thinned out, but had not lost their emotive response, summoning their last bursts of energy to send the musicians home with smiles on their faces. Austin will always be able to count on his friends, and we wonder what next year will bring as this tradition continues.
Joshua Elioseff is a Boulder-based freelance photographer and regular Reverb contributor. Check out his website.