Last night I heard Tin Can Gin perform on the pier at Glensheen Mansion. Had I been wearing socks, they would have been blown off. Having never heard the band before, I was initially just excited to be a part of history at Glensheen’s first ever concert on their pier. However, after just a few notes, I quickly realized that I may have been witnessing one of the very last intimate shows this talented group of bluegrass musicians will perform, because they are the next Trampled by Turtles.
A Bold Statement?
There’s no need to split your loyalty between two Duluth born bluegrass bands because Tin Can Gin has their own distinct sound. In some songs, like “Walking Along the Edge”, I feel like I’m hearing the voice of Green Day but with a Northern twist. Even when they did their version of “Wagon Wheel”, I knew I wasn’t hearing the same old song, albeit a great song, covered by yet another band. Tin Can Gin is happy, heart warming, fun, and playful with a steady bass beat to anchor the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and guitar in their fast paced melodies. Their unique North Shore flavor permeates every song, just like their lightheartedness.
Where to See Them.
Tin Can Gin’s stage presence is fun. There’s just no other word for it. They’re grateful to their audience and show it with their witty repertoire. You feel like you’re part of something special as the band members laugh and joke with each other on stage. You can see it for yourself this weekend when they perform at Howling Moon Music Festival at Bayfront Festival Park. Specifically, Tin Can Gin plays on August 2nd at 1pm. Hurry up and catch this band before we have to share them with the rest of the world!
Go and “like” their Facebook page right now. You’ll be glad you’re on top of everything they have going on!
When I informed my husband that we were going to the concert at Glensheen last night, I knew it was going to be a beautiful evening. Who doesn’t like to listen to live music on the shores of Lake Superior? The ambiance of being surrounded by the history of the mansion – that’s a separate post in itself – was enough to stand alone as a mark for an once-in-a-lifetime evening, but Tin Can Gin made it magical. Great job guys, and gal, don’t forget all of us back home when you hit the big time!