Bear's Den // Chicago 28 October 2014 [Photos + Words]

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It was a bit over a year ago when I stumbled across something pretty special. I remember hearing the verse from “Agape” in my ears, 

"For I’m so scared of losing you
And I don’t know what I can do about it, about it
So tell me how long, Love, before you go
And leave me here on my own
I know it
I don’t wanna know who I am without you”

And with that, I was hooked on Bear’s Den.

I missed these guys twice previously, once in Canada and once here in Chicago, and I have regretted deeply ever since. Not only is this an incredibly talented trio, I happen to be a huge fan. It is not unusual for me to listen to their entire discography twice a day, so you can imagine the pure joy I felt when I had the chance to see them at the excellent and intimate venue we know as Lincoln Hall. 

Upon taking the stage it was clear, from the first note, and the first vocal,  that this was going to be perfect, and it was. Andrew’s vocals are nothing if not haunting. I cannot be sure how many times they have performed these songs to crowds across the globe, but I can be sure that it is heartfelt, and at times, downright gut wrenchingly beautiful. Pair that along with some incredibly well written, honest lyrics touching on love, and life, and hardships that I am pretty sure we can all relate to, some perfect harmonies and well crafted musical arrangement and you have a recipe for magic. 

The entire show was pure amazing. The performance of "When You Break" nearly had me in tears, the cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing In The Dark’ brought that song to a whole new level of amazing, and in perhaps the most lovely part of the evening, the trio joined their fans off stage for a gorgeous rendition of “Elysium”. The crowd formed, what looked to me like, a protective circle around the guys and was so silent that you could hear a pin drop. 

Concluding the show, the Bear’s Den guys stuck around to meet and greet their fans, sign autographs, and take photos. These guys could not be any nicer, no giant egos flying around here, just genuine awesome. 

During the past year the music of Bear’s Den has served as some pretty intensive therapy for me. Their lyrics and melodies have helped me keep moving at times I thought maybe I could not. I have a great respect for their music, and after seeing them perform and meeting them, that has grown even bigger. As I observed the faces in the crowd, I could see that I was not alone in this.

Thank you, Guys, I look forward to what you will bring to music in the future and please come back to Chicago soon! 

[Editor's Note: We want to welcome our friend Jen to the team. Jen is a music lover with a gypsy heart, and a camera attached to her wrist. You can find her on Instagram @iamajenny.]