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In the late ‘00s, Portland-based quintet Blitzen Trapper were building a rabid fanbase in the indie-folk scene, having self-released their first widely acclaimed album, Wild Mountain Nation, in June 2007, before signing to Sub Pop later that year. Led by primary songwriter and frontman Eric Earley, the band toured the album through early 2008, with support from a young Seattle band with a penchant for sun-dappled harmonies and ‘70s folk: Fleet Foxes, who had also just signed to Sub Pop and would release both their EP Sun Giant and full-length debut Fleet Foxes in mid-2008.
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Ten yeas ago on this date, Feb. 28, 2008, Fleet Foxes opened for Blitzen Trapper at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. While both bands gave tremendous performances that night, those in attendance surely couldn’t have predicted the massive successes to come for both bands—especially the opener, who would become American indie-folk stars in short order.
Watch Fleet Foxes, who opened the show, close their set with a lively “Mykonos” to a prophetically receptive crowd.
...Followed by Blitzen Trapper ripping away at the title track from Wild Mountain Nation in the latter half of a 19-song-set.