Two different bands rock The Cabin

Bands from Stevens Point and Eau Claire keep weekend concert series swinging


Photo by Sam Martinez

The Hi Matics jam out in The Cabin on Saturday night, entertaining the audience with their unique folk/indie rock style.

Local talent was on display at The Cabin Saturday evening with performances from The Hi Matics and Travis and The Terrestrials.

The Hi Matics stepped on to the stage and quickly engaged its audience with its unique style of folk/indie rock music.

“We’ve been called a lot of things, like Americana and folk rock,” Bradley Prellwitz, guitarist for the Hi Matics, said.

The Hi Matics started when Graham Prellwitz, Bradley’s brother, and Daniel Waterman started playing together in a two piece band in their hometown of Appleton. The band has grown and is now based out of Stevens Point.

The Cabin was crowded on Saturday with all of the tables filled most of the night. In between songs, guitarist and singer Augie Dougherty remarked that it was nice to be playing to a crowd.

“Great, great atmosphere, good vibes, beautifully put together, good sound people and a really cool wall,” Bradley Prellwitz said.

Travis and the Terrestrials, an Eau Claire band, were also there to play a six-song set before The Hi Matics took the stage.

Travis Kohnhorst, the front man of Travis and the Terrestrials, was back at The Cabin after winning the Singer/Songwriter Slam last February.

Eli Frieder, the bassist of The Hi Matics, and Kohnhorst have been playing music together since they were in high school. When The Hi Matics booked The Cabin gig they requested that Kohnhorst open for them.

In front of an attentive crowd, Kohnhorst opened up the evening of entertainment with a cover of Al Green’s classic soul hit “Let’s Stay Together”.

This was the first show Travis and The Terrestrials have ever played together, and Kohnhorst said he hopes the band will build on this success.

“This was our first show and we don’t plan for it to be our last,” he said.

The crowd at The Cabin was very receptive to both bands, especially Travis and the Terrestrials, who appeared to have many friends in attendance.

“I thought they both had a very unique sound,” sophomore Alex Neeb said.

The Hi Matics next scheduled gig is at the Central Waters Brewery in Amherst on Oct. 11 and the band also plans on releasing an EP sometime this fall.

The Cabin will continue to host free concerts all semester, starting at 8 p.m. Borders plays next Friday evening and Derek Lynch performs on Saturday.