|The 71s at the Stafford in Bryan April 29.|
For The 71s, the moment of charm came in April when I saw them play in Bryan at the Stafford. The band launched into a cover of Tom Petty's "American Girl." Their version was solid, but what charmed me was when the main mic cut out and lead singer Keeton Coffman simply frowned mid-lyric, stepped away and kept singing right into the crowd and encouraged us to make up the difference by singing along too. The rest of the band didn't miss a beat.
After all the hard work that goes into writing original songs, it's not easy to get up on a stage in a semi-receptive room and play only to have a mishap. That's a make or break moment.
And the 71s made it.