Engaging the audience

Harbor and Home play three weekend shows at The Cabin

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While it is normal for a band to introduce themselves at the beginning of a show, the Minneapolis-based band Harbor and Home took it one step further over the weekend by asking many audience members to introduce themselves in-between songs.

“Singing for two hours can be pretty tough,” lead singer and guitar player Kaleb Williams said. “So whenever you can talk and kill the time it helps a lot.”

Nate Robinson, who plays keyboards and sings backup vocals for the band, said asking audience members to introduce themselves is completely new for the band and it did help them engage their audience in a direct way.

Harbor and Home describes themselves as an indie- folk rock band, and over Saturday’s performance at the Cabin they covered songs by artists such as Mumford and Sons and Johnny Cash along with playing some original material.

The band usually consists of six members, but for the three Cabin shows they played over the weekend, only Williams and Johnson were able to attend.

Williams said that playing without a full band means he has to be much more aware of dynamics, as he holds more responsibility for the volume of the sound with less instruments. He also noted they have much more of a “folky” sound with only him and Johnson playing.

Freshman pre-nursing student Olivia Addison has been to a few Cabin shows this year and said this band really sticks out because of their strong, resonating vocals.

“(Harbor and Home) is definitely one of the greater (Cabin shows,)” Addison said. “You can tell why they are a featured artist.”

Cabin co-chair Rachel Nichols said they contacted the band last August and was happy they were able to make it.

Nichols, who was at the show with her visiting mother and sister, said they really enjoyed the vocals of the band, and said it is great the university provides students with quality free entertainment on weekends.

“I think (The Cabin) is just a really cool way to give students a chance to do something else on a Saturday night besides going out and drinking,” Nichols said.

“Harbor and Home” started out as a “terrible” blues band, Williams said. However, they have shifted to a more folk-oriented sound.

They have released one album so far, titled “Dark Days,” and they are currently working on another album they plan to release next spring.

Williams said the next album will be a response to some of the emotions and themes they put into “Dark Days.”

“Some of the times we were in when writing (our first album) were pretty dark,” Williams said. “But I think coming out of that and having a response, that’s uplifting.”