Excuse Me Princess, Toby Churchill, Lions & Creators, and Lee Peterson rock Beaner’s

Excuse Me Princess released their first CD on Saturday night at Beaner’s Central with Toby Churchill, Lions & Creators, and Lee Peterson all performing in support.

Not many kids in high school have released a CD under a label and headlined Beaner’s Central on a Saturday night. EMP (Excuse Me Princess) put together a show that had a great line up and a nice array of musical stylings.

“Originally Loup-Garou was going to perform,” Jack Campbell of EMP said. “But I booked it too late, so they were already broken up. Lee Peterson of Loup-Garou did a set and of course we're all in love with Toby Churchill's music and humor and everything. Lions & Creators are our really good friends from the moment we started EMP and we even used to share a violin player.”

At one point in the show EMP talked about the number of teachers they had in their audience. Because they are still in high school that is going to be something that they will contend with, but as a former teacher of Jack’s, it was nice to see all the encouragement.

“There were quite a few teachers,” Campbell said. “There was you, our English teacher Greg Jones, Kallie's piano teacher Scott Junkert, and my guitar teacher Tom. I always love having our teachers in the audience, especially because the ones we see at shows are always the ones we really like.”

Sometimes Beaner’s can be less than full, but on Saturday there wasn’t a chair available with even standing room feeling tight. The front row looked like a photo out of an Abercrombie catalog, but the stoic trendsetters only stayed through Lions & Creators and then dipped out. That gave all the EMP fans the perfect opportunity to grab front row seats for the headlining act.

This reminded me of when Trampled By Turtles opened for Cloud Cult at their CD release back in 2004 and their crowd left before Cloud Cult played. Leaving early can be regrettable if you miss out on the best part of the evening.