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The Ninth Band of IMAF

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For the ninth band of IMAF, ladies and gentlemen, the advisory council brought to you The Bears of Blue River. There is a book entitled The Bears of Blue River. There is a Bears of Blue River Festival. And there is a Blue River in Indiana that runs through much of the state clean down to the Ohio. Split between Chicago, Indiana and Pennsylvania, the band captures its rolling spirit, combining an urban sensibility with adventurous melodies, and a kind of unflappable, bright, positive feeling. Maybe it’s the doo-wop backups that pop up around lead singer Gavin Wilkinson from time to time, or knowing, cheeky lyrics. Either way, it’s like hanging out on a breezy summer day on the banks of the Blue River. With a bear.



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