We Went There: Kill the Vultures at All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission
Over my time I’ve seen shows in just about every time of venue, from dirty basement to clubs to theaters and arenas. At this point I’m very preferential to smaller venues, but mostly don’t even notice the surroundings whether it is the Entry, Moon Palace or some random coffee shop. As long as I’m not a mile away from the artist, I’m generally good. But on a crisp fall night last week I learned I can still be awed by a venue, and in fact have it become the center of a show-going experience, when I stepped foot into the All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission in south Minneapolis.
I’m not 100% sure on all that goes on there, but it seemed to be at least a church and a drop-in center. The show was housed on the main level in what felt like the inside of a barn that was converted into a small, folksy sanctuary. It beautiful artwork that blended Native American imagery with Christian regalia, including a stunning piece of stained glass style artwork that hung over the inside entrance. The show brought the F I X crew together, and featured sets from Kristoff Krane, Joe Horton (solo) and Kill the Vultures. It wasn’t a big crowd, but everyone there got their moneys worth and then some. The sound and light setup were first class, and really brought the space to life. The music from these three artists leans heavy already, but draped under red lights are casting shadows (the light show was minimal but really good), the music too on a new weight. It was good to see Joe Horton rapping again, and his set was featured bombastic backing tracks and confident, swaggering freestyle lyrics as he prowled around the stage.
During their set, which was as powerful and intense as usual, Crescent Moon from Kill the Vultures promised more pop-up shows at new and different venues. If they can live up the bar set by this first show, that is a very exciting proposition.