MoonRunners Music Festival: Scott H. Biram, Those Poor Bastards, Hellbound Glory, Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy, Pearls Mahone, Brittany Avery, Gallows Bound, and others | Reggie's | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader
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MoonRunners Music Festival: Scott H. Biram, Those Poor Bastards, Hellbound Glory, Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy, Pearls Mahone, Brittany Avery, Gallows Bound, and others 

When: Fri., July 1, 2:15 p.m. 2016
Price: $30, $100 three-day pass
Now in its fourth year, the MoonRunners fest has steadily grown over the years, with a rich menu of alt-country, roots rock, rockabilly, country cabaret, bluegrass, and all manners of punk-roots fusion. It’s a friendly affair (a 2014 stabbing incident between a security guard and an attendee notwithstanding) that tends to repeat a lot of acts from year to year to present a family reunion vibe. Though many are worthy of attention, two dark bluegrass outfits stand out. From Winchester, Virginia, Gallows Bound turn the Appalachian murder ballad into a rollicking subgenre, duet vocalists Jordan Joyes and Jesse Markle bringing a plaintive male-female tension to their grim tales of betrayal (they do offer some gentler numbers). Even grimmer, wilder, and more terrifying are Last False Hope, who play it fatalistic and white-knuckled—evoking the sensation you’d likely feel if your car’s brakes went out while traversing a steep downhill grade—drawn out for the length of a proficient, rigorous set.
— Monica Kendrick

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