Local band Earthbound is hard to type, and that’s the way they like it. During an Earthbound concert you might hear sounds that come from the worlds of hip hop, jazz, r&b, funk, progressive rock and wherever the band Chicago fits. One thing about them, the musicians are very talented, the beat keeps the audience dancing and it is obvious that they genuinely have fun playing the music they love. They have perennially played the last concert of the year at Music in the Park, but this year they did the penultimate show. They have had a large following and many of their fans now have children, who come along and join their parents dancing and getting a good workout with the many hula-hoops, that magically appear. Earthbound is led by the infectious vocals of the vivacious Kira Haug, who does not stop moving during the performance and the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Evan Wilds (keyboards, saxophone, guitars, vocals).
Haug and Wilds, complement each other and sometimes have a vocal call and response patter going. The band also includes the excellent horn section of Kevin How on trombone and percussion and his brother Graham How on trumpet and percussion. The rhythm section belongs to Peter Mehrfert on bass and Dave Bouwman on drums and they play like they own it!
Jon Treichel provides the solid lead guitar playing, drawing on his background in rock, blues and jazz outfits.
Earthbound played songs from their self-titled CD and a few tracks from the 80s and 90s. One of their most popular covers is “25 or 6 to 4.” This was a big hit for Chicago and it and everyone recognizes the horn intro and the patented guitar riffs. Dancing ensues.
It was a fun night at Riverside Park and Earthbound played their hearts out. They sent a large group of fans home happy, with great sounds still going through their mind.