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Final night of Thin Line ends on a powerful note

Final night of Thin Line ends on a powerful note

Salman Farooq and Thomas Cook of Free Mode jammed with Denton at Dan’s Silverleaf during Thin Line Festival on Sun. February 21. Haley Yates | Staff Photographer

Final night of Thin Line ends on a powerful note
February 26
15:42 2016

Erica Wieting | Features Editor

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Patrons relaxing late Sunday afternoon at Dan’s Silver Leaf quietly chatted as breeze blew through the small venue’s open doors, awaiting the delayed 3:45 p.m. beginning of DJ Banco’s performance for Thin Line Film Fest.

But when distant percussion sounds began to steadily grow louder on Industrial Street outside, many turned their heads.

Moments later, a drumline filed noisily into the building, hitting those inside with a wall of powerful beats. Followed by a handful of dancing people from the recent screening of “Dare to Drum” at the Campus Theatre, the band members stopped inside to entertain the small crowd at Dan’s with about 10 minutes of solid drumming.

Guyer High School Wildcat Drumline and the North Texas Green Brigade Marching Band traveled from Campus Theatre to Dan’s Silverleaf on Sun. February 21. Haley Yates | Staff Photographer

Denton Guyer High School Wildcat Drumline and the North Texas Green Brigade Marching Band traveled from Campus Theatre to Dan’s Silverleaf. Haley Yates | Staff Photographer

DJ Banco

First to take the stage, with a silent smile, was Dallas-based musician DJ Banco. Hip-hop, techno, dubstep, pop and electronic remixes came together in a series of mash-ups for nearly an hour of head-bobbing entertainment.

Despite a limited turnout, Banco electrified the air as he seamlessly melded songs together, often nodding along with the beat. Groups of college-age students and adults of varying ages intermittently gathered in front of the stage to move to the beat.

DJ Banco made his appearance at Dan’s Silverleaf during Thin Line Festival on Sun. February 21. Haley Yates | Staff Photographer

DJ Banco made his appearance at Dan’s Silverleaf during Thin Line Festival. Haley Yates | Staff Photographer

The Latin DJ had certainly kicked off the evening, but two more performances were still to come.

Free Mode

Self-titled “electronic duo” Free Mode entertained the Silver Leaf crowd as DJs, drummers and producers, adding their own instrumental interpretation to remixes of both well-known and more obscure songs.

Following a lengthy sound check, Salman Farooq and Thomas Cook carried the easy energy cultivated by Banco’s preceding performance.

Thomas Cook of Free Mode jammed with Denton at Dan’s Silverleaf during Thin Line Festival on Sun. February 21. Haley Yates | Staff Photographer

Thomas Cook of Free Mode jammed with Denton at Dan’s Silverleaf during Thin Line Festival. Haley Yates | Staff Photographer

“This ain’t yo’ mama’s DJ group,” they said with smiles and laughs onstage.

A few more people trickled into the venue as the Denton performers enthusiastically jammed onstage. Some got up to dance and others occasionally sang along as they sat at tables surrounding the stage. Whether drawn by the energy within or entering in anticipation for the act that would follow, audience members undeniably enjoyed the show.

Jesse Frye

As the light outside faded, Jesse Frye came onstage to a sudden crowd of cheering people who seemed to materialize as her band began to play. The air in the limited space warmed with energy as people grouped together near the wooden stage, jumping up and down with elation.

As the final performance of the night, Frye, drummer Chad Ford, bassist Androo O’Hearn and guitarist Michael Garcia delivered a memorable performance.

Frye sang with heart and intensity, performing with a passion that made her love for singing and performing evident. But rather than stop to catch her breath between sets, her enthusiasm took over, and she continued to dance and bounce around the stage as she intermittently interacted with the audience.

Local Rock Star Jessie Frye put on a show at Dan’s Silverleaf during Thin Line Festival on Sun. February 21. Haley Yates | Staff Photographer

Local Rock Star Jessie Frye put on a show at Dan’s Silverleaf during Thin Line Festival. Haley Yates | Staff Photographer

“I didn’t smell at the beginning of the show. I kind of smell now,” Frye joked between sets as she encouraged people to come closer to the stage. “But it’s rock ‘n’ roll sweat.”

The five-day festival was winding down, but Frye closed the final night of Thin Line Film Fest with a bang, giving her hometown a show to remember.

Featured Image: Salman Farooq and Thomas Cook of Free Mode jammed with Denton at Dan’s Silverleaf during Thin Line Festival on Feb. 21. Haley Yates | Staff Photographer

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