Fruition was playing with a loaded deck during their back-to-back days of jamming at the Northwest String Summit. Both days, the crowd was packed with fans of the Portland-based band, many of whom have watched these five friends grow from street buskers to a nationally touring act that regularly sells out rooms across the country. It says a lot about the dedication of Fruition’s fan base to see a crowd locked arm-in-arm, singing along to every song ’til the sound man pulls the plug for two days in a row.

Watch Fruition Perform “Boil Over” At Last Year’s Northwest String Summit [Pro-Shot]

The songwriting duties are shared by the front line of mandolin and guitar maven Mimi Naja, the frenetic fretwork of Jay Cobb Anderson, and the keys and guitar offerings of Kellen Asebroek. However, Naja, Anderson, and Asebroek would be little if not for the rock solid foundation laid down by drummer Tyler Thompson and bassist Jeff Leonard. Watching such strong-willed, creative individuals play with such respect to the styles and song space of their partners is truly a wonderful thing, and the audience responds in kind.

Fruition Bares Their Hearts And Souls On A Monday Night In Bloomington [Videos/Full Audio]

Known for their breathlessly honest music, wild stage energy, and relentless good cheer, Fruition can find a ray of hope in even the most heartbreaking of subject matters. That attitude, along with their musicianship and songwriting prowess, is what won them the die-hard fans who packed the front of the main stage on Thursday the at the Northwest String Summit. However, Thursday’s set was nothing compared to their night-closing performance in the sweltering Kinfolk tent. Our own Rex Thomson was on hand for all the fun and has put together a collection of some of the best moments from Fruition’s two stellar sets. You can check out the videos below!

“Santa Fe”

“The Meaning”

“Way That I Do”

“Wasting Away-Blue Light”

“That’s Just Love Sneaking Up On You”

“There She Was”

“All Apologies”

“Misty Night”