September 10, 2009
Chicago’s Cornmeal is a jamband noted for its heavy roots and bluegrass sound. Surging through the busy summer festival tour schedule, they were able to stop in at the Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana on Thursday, September 10, 2009.
The band hit the ground running with "Feet on the Ground" off of their 2006 Feet First release. Wavy Dave’s frailing banjo, Kris Nowak’s flat-picking guitar, Chris Gangi’s string bass, JP Nowak on drums and the angelic Allie Kral’s fiddle put everyone’s head in the clouds from the start.
They continued to bring the crowd to their feet with "Dirty Black Nag," an instrumental with a psychedelic jig. The band covered an old Doc Watson tune, "Little Maggie" and brought the house down when they segued into Bob Dylan’s "Maggie’s Farm."
The second set continued right where the first set left off, with a bluesy "Bald Jam." They continued to woo the crowd with several unreleased tunes and ending the set with "Lay Down Sally."
At the end of the second set the crowd went wild, stomping their feet and shaking the entire upper level of the Bluebird. They ended the night with a "Light At The End Of The Tunnel" encore that had everyone in smiles