October 12, 2016
The Hi-FI, Indianapolis, Indiana
Writer/Photographer: Tyler Muir
America’s favorite self-proclaimed “Song Band” came to The Hi-Fi in Indianapolis, Indiana Wednesday October 12th, 2016. It is always exciting when a band is dedicated to its craft and refuses to be categorized into a genre or two, steadily improving, steadily growing their fan base by constantly touring and having fun. The Portland band is composed of Jay Cobb Anderson on guitar/vocals, Tyler Thompson on drums, Kellen AseBroek on guitar/keys/vocals, Jeff Leonard on bass, and Mimi Naja on mandolin/guitar/vocals. This well oiled musical machine goes by the name Fruition.
Fruition’s visit to Indianapolis had a bit more excitement surrounding it because it was band member Jay Cobb Anderson’s 33rd birthday, which had the band all wearing baseball style shirts with his silhouette on the front as well has his last name and age on they back. Being that is was Jay’s birthday and all the band seemed to bring more energy on stage and they wanted to make sure everyone had fun both on and off stage. One thing that makes the band unique is how they weave their different styles of music into their set having something for everyone.
Fruition started off the night with, “Bent” off their, It Won’t Be Long album. The country western jazz tune was a great foot stomping sing along to get everyone dialed in. It was great seeing Mimi hop between instruments with so much style and grace. “Labor of Love” off their latest album helped take you on the journey they have found themselves on, such a solid song it almost makes you feel at home with the warm feeling it brings.
A nice surprise mid set and it appeared both the band and crowd enjoyed it just as much was, The Beatles cover of, “I’ve Got a Feeling”, which the band put a soul spin on. “Santa Fe”, brought out a more of the Americana side of the band as well as their depth. Mimi and the boys can rock and it was obvious they love to show it when they busted out a Neil Young, cover “Ohio”. Showing their bluegrass side of their set brought the song, “Mountain Annie”.
Very few bands can cover so much music in their original work as Fruition does and showcased Wednesday night. The band may have been around since 20008, but they are still picking up steam and building a cult underground following. As if that was not enough the encore found the band rousing up the crowd to sing Jay happy birthday. Mimi’s voice can cover so much ground, the last song of the night was a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s, “Love Sneakin Up On You”, that very few people could do it justice. Fruition is a band for the people, after the show Mimi signed autographs and took pictures outside of the venue while the rest of the band did the same thing but from inside. It was encouraged that fans stayed around to celebrate Jay’s birthday by drinking with the band. Very few bands have the down home feel Fruition does with their fans.