I first discovered Bethesda last year at MPMF! The six-piece band is led by Eric & Shanna, who met while studying at Kent State. “Our first date was a road trip to Cleveland for a Badly Drawn Boy concert. We got completely lost, missed the show and ended up at Ruby Tuesday’s for dinner … and she still wanted to see me after that!” remembers Eric. They did have to work out their musical differences - Shanna was in music theater, with roots in bluegrass music; Eric was into angsty singer-songwriters including Elliot Smith and Bright Eyes. “I gave up my desire to be dissonant, she started to open up to a more indie approach.“ remembers Eric. It was in the healing waters of the Caribbean that they further committed to making beautiful music together. “I remember talking with Eric while we were swimming one day on our honeymoon, telling him that playing music needed to always be a part of my life,” said Shanna. “Eric promised we would figure out a way for us to always be making music.”
Bethesda are six friends from Kent, Ohio, who came together in the interest of channeling their desires for meaningful living into the artistic expression of music. The result? Bethesda, an indie rock group that brings together folk roots, indie beats, crafty guitars, and soaring vocals with meaningful lyrics to build songs that move your heart and feet in equal measures. Last year at MPMF, this band was one of my favorite discoveries. Don't miss your chance to see this band, thier live show will leave you speechless.
Bethesda plays MidPoint Music Festival Saturday September 28th, 9:15p at Mr. Pitiful’s.