video title: The Trist at Sacramento Earth Day Festival 2013
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video source: Patrick Thompson
published on YouTube on April 24, 2013

more info: The Trist
duration 48:58 minutes

An Earthy Band Called The Trist "Video of the Day" review by Alex Cosper on June 5, 2013

The Trist is an earthy blues/rock band from Sacramento who performed at the Earth Day Festival on April 21 at Southside Park. The beautifully decorated stage matched the event and the music, conveying organic imagery. This 45 minute set opens with their original track "Somewhere, Somehow, Someway." The three piece band's rootsy music is heavily inspired by the rock bands from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Many music fans might consider their music "Americana" in a similar vein of Wilco, Blues Traveler and Counting Crows.

Some of their influences include The Eagles, Dave Matthews Band and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Rick Watson sings and plays acoustic and electric guitar while Chuck Bear sings and plays drums and Pat Thompson plays bass and sings. Pat and Rick have played together for almost 30 years and this trio, formed in high school, have performed together for over 25 years. The band got their name from the word "tryst," which means an intimate meeting. Their music is available on iTunes and can be heard on their Soundclick profile here.

It's refreshing that Sacramento festivals can turn to a band like The Trist for events like Earth Day because they are a band that fits an earthy bill. Their original music has a sense of social awareness that adds appropriate flavor to a meaningful event. So many times concerts intended to have a social message feature bands who scream into crowds without any real message, which nullifies the spirit of the event. An event like Earth Day needs bands with messages about nature, not why they can't find the right girlfriend. The Trist brings an organic sounds to live shows and helps keep the focus on improving society.

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