I’ve been to a couple of indoor shows at Shipping & Receiving, the relatively new near-southside bar on the ground floor of an old sporting goods warehouse, but those were during the winter. Shipping & Receiving really shines when the weather is nice and it can open the doors and transform the former loading dock area into an outdoor patio.
And on Saturday, the weather was perfect.
Shipping & Receiving was hosting the Fort Works Art and Music Show, which featured performances by the indie-pop band Calhoun, followed by psychedelic rockers the Cush.
Although scheduled to go on second, Calhoun opened the show and the guys — Tim Locke (guitar, vocals), Toby Pipes (keyboard), Danny Balis (bass), and Josh Hoover (drums) — didn’t disappoint. Their instrumentals were flawless, vocals emotive and songs well-crafted. You can’t go wrong with this band.
Up next we had the Cush, a Fort Worth band formed by a husband and wife that relocated to Vermont in the early part of the 2000s but moved back in 2010. The band consists of Gabrielle Douglas (bass, vocals), Burette Douglas (guitar, vocals), Josh Daugherty (guitar), and Todd Harwell (drums).
The Cush has kind of a spacey, psychedelic sound to it. Gabrielle Douglas plays a Rickenbacker and sings through a vintage Roland Space Echo — a primitive echo effect that used a continuous loop of tape to work its magic. If you’ve ever heard one, its sound is unmistakable and the resulting experience is ethereal and moving.
That said, there’s a good deal of rock energy to this thing, and the audience responded to it. Vocals (from Gabrielle and Burette) were excellent and instrumentals were tasteful and engaging. Even at a social event like an art show, they managed to keep the audience tuned in. I’m not sure how I managed to miss it over the past few years, but if you haven’t seen the Cush, it should be high on your list.
Still somewhat off the beaten path, Shipping & Receiving is a destination. You aren’t going to drive by this place by accident, but if you are looking for a welcoming bar to kick back and soak in the music, it is worth seeking out.