Saturday, February 23, 2013

Jimmy Vest, Eric Osbourne & Harold Bon / February 21, 2013 / The Smiling Skull

By: Ryan James, Contributor
Photo By: Ryan James

The Smiling Skull Saloon was teeming with excitement on Thursday night. ACRN’s Rock Lobsters came out in droves for the soulful sounds of Eric Osborne and Harold Bon. The local folk duo was joined by Hundos, an experimental jazz quartet by way of Columbus. All proceeds went to the Spirit of Kairos. This semesterly retreat offers students a break from their collegiate routines. Held at the Fur Peach Ranch in Southeastern Ohio, attendees are promised a weekend of camping, music and new friendships.

Eric Osborne and Harold Bon began the night with their brand of “electrified folk.” Audience members enjoyed a drink from the bar, and some even took up square dancing for the night. People told jokes while an amplifier was fixed. The atmosphere was lighthearted and sociable. Hundos kept the crowd moving with their Baroque rhythms and enticing improvisations. In the words of an impressed bartender, “That was amazing—I’ve never heard anything like that before!”

There was simply no excuse for low spirits. In addition to a hefty sum raised for Kairos, ACRN was also voted into the top ten of mtvU’s annual Best College Radio Station award. If that’s not a cause for celebration, I’m not sure what is. 

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