LIVE REVIEW: Coin Live at Stir Cove Before The Rain

Coin performs at the Harrah's Stir Cove Summer Concert Series in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Photo by Dean Birkheimer.

BY DEAN BIRKHEIMER | Go Venue Magazine

“Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.”  -Vladimir Nabokov-

On this assignment for Go Venue Magazine I was to shoot Young the Giant, Fitz and the Tantrums and Coin at Stir Cove in Council Bluffs, IA.  I only got as far as the opening band, Coin. Midway through their set the lightning and the rain came.  It was about 7:15 p.m. when the weather forced security to rush everybody inside the casino.  As I had to work the next day and I’m a pretty old fella, I hung til about 10 p.m. but couldn’t hang any longer and left.  I found out later the show started again about 10:30 p.m.  I was able to get some shots of Coin and if what they did for four or five songs was any indication of what was to come from Fitz and the Tantrums and Young the Giant then those who stayed must have seen one heck of show.

Coin started with Growing Pains, and the crowd immediately started singing along.  During their limited time on stage they were fun and energetic.  They interacted with the audience continuously and from the start they had the venue jumping.  The band hails from Nashville and is made up of Chase Lawrence (lead vocal – synthesizer), Joe Memmel (guitar) and Ryan Winnen (drums). They take a minimal approach to their show, but they never stop moving about the stage. They are hyperactive and simplistic at the same time. A few songs in, somebody from behind the scenes whispered into Chase‘s ear to which he abruptly announced to all in attendance that they had to take a break.  After that we were all huddled into the casino filling the dining areas and the hallways. I wish I would have stayed but father time had plans for me and I had to leave three hours into the delay.  If I ever get a chance again, I will be sure to try and catch Fitz and the Tantrums and Young the Giant, but I was very grateful that I was able to see Coin.  I’ll be sure to catch them again sometime as well.


All images © Dean Birkheimer
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