Hello Emerson is a rising band from right here in Columbus, Ohio. Kish and I have had the chance to see them perform several times, and they’re great.
They have a new song out called “Am I The Midwest?” I’ve linked the YouTube video for the song above. If you’re a born and bred Midwesterner — even if you’ve since moved away — I bet the song will strum some mystic chords of memory for you. It’s a great song that really captures a living, breathing piece of this part of America that so many of us call home.
Hat tip to the GV Jogger and Dr. Science, whose son Jack plays keyboards for Hello Emerson.
If you’re in Columbus and you’re looking for some good live music, take a gander at the music venue sites and see whether Hello Emerson is playing somewhere. Kish and I caught the trio last night with Dr. Science and the Bionic Half-Marathoner at The Basement in the Arena District, and they’re definitely worth a good listen.
In the interests of full and fair disclosure, I should add that Jack Doran, the keyboard player and percussionist for Hello Emerson, is the oldest son of Dr. Science and the BH-M. I don’t think I’m influenced by bias, however, in saying that Hello Emerson plays some interesting and tuneful music that just might get you to thinking about life. There was a pretty good crowd at The Basement to listen to them last night as the first band in a three-band show, and the group got a rousing ovation at the end of their set.
According to Sam, the guitar player and lead singer, Hello Emerson plays regularly at the brilliantly named Kerouac Kafe in Columbus. Catch them if you can!