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Stung by the Bee … (balm fields)

We started something a couple of years ago here at the Free Press that is very fun and something we don’t do nearly enough.

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Bee Balm Fields

Ripping off a great idea from National Public Radio, we decided to start a little concert series in the quaint confines of our newsroom. Seemed like a great idea. This city has loads of musical talent. And our newsroom has a sort of weird/corporate/downtown feel to it. We launched it a couple of years ago with The Frye.

Since then, we’ve done this sporadically. But when we have done it, it’s usually been amazing.

Well, we arranged to do it again and, last weekend, we had the up-and-coming band Bee Balm Fields here. They performed to a mostly empty newsroom, which is fine because, even when the newsroom was fuller, the end result videos have never really shown it. We’ve all got faces for radio anyway. You’re not missing much.

Bee Balm Fields, though … Amazing. In a few days you’ll get a chance to see our video (produced by the talented students from Bethany Lutheran College’s Communications program!) and I think you’ll agree: They’re definitely worth your time.

As a non-musician, I’m always curious how musicians work. I find the entire process fascinating. For one of the songs in their newsroom set, bass player Ben Scruggs was unfamiliar with the tune. Within a few minutes of going through the song, he’d picked it up and off they went. Total pro. It was a simple moment for them … but I was sure impressed.

Lead singer and songwriter Laura Karels fronts the band. Her voice is powerful. Filled the newsroom better than a rant by the day news editor. Fast-fingered Pete Klug plays guitar. And then there’s Lehi Gertz, whose gorgeous violin gives this band a sound that sets it apart from many.

The other thing that sets this band apart is that its lead singer is about to give birth. She’s close you guys. Go see them now before she’s off on maternity leave! Don’t worry, though. Karels promises to be back. She says she can’t live without performing her music. Which is very good for us music lovers.

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