Goshen’s Moral Circus playing final show this weekend at The Local

An indie folk group created by three Goshen College students is disbanding, but there will be one last concert this weekend.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 12:07 a.m.

GOSHEN — Three Goshen College students who created an indie rock folk group two and half years ago are disbanding because of graduation, but before they go their separate ways, the trio will play one last show.

Just four months after releasing first studio album, “Set in a Stem,” Moral Circus members Phil Scott, Lauren Treiber and Henry Stewart are playing their final concert together at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at The Local, 211 S. Fifth St. in Goshen.

“The album coming out gave me a little closure,” Scott said.

  • When: 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 12
  • Where: The Local, 211 S. Fifth St. in Goshen
  • Performers: Moral Circus, Lookout Mountain and Jesse Stoltzfus
  • Tickets: $5

Moral Circus plays original indie folk music and covers songs by Radiohead, The National and Daniel Johnston. Songwriting responsibilities are shared among the three bandmates.

“We tell stories,” Scott said. “We have stories about leaving, and we have stories about coming back. We have stories about being alone and stories about exploring.”

Scott, Treiber and Stewart all sing and trade instruments, each spending time playing percussion, guitar, keyboard, accordion -- and even a metal chain. The sound is eclectic yet cohesive.

“I think we have similar ideas of expression with music and how we understand what we’re playing, what it means and how it carries a message,” Stewart said.

During their time together, Scott, Treiber and Stewart played at Constant Spring, Ignition Music Garage and house shows. The three musicians once squeezed into a Toyota Prius with all of their instruments and equipment and drove an hour to play a show in Michigan.

For the band’s last concert, Moral Circus will share the stage with two other acts, Lookout Mountain and Jesse Stoltzfus. The Local is the perfect venue for the group’s final show, Treiber said.

“The sound in there is so reverberant,” she said. “It’s so rich.”

Scott, Treiber and Stewart are more excited than sad about playing their last concert together.

“I like playing,” Treiber said. “It’s not like we’re playing a show and then leaving the next day, so we’ll have some time together after that.”

Treiber, a peace, justice and conflict studies major, is moving to Madison, Wis., after graduation. Stewart, who is studying music and biochemistry, is waiting to find out whether he will be traveling to Cambodia for a yearlong trip with the Mennonite Central Committee. And Scott, who is earning a degree in art and education, said he plans to do farming in New Zealand for the rest of the year.

“I think we’re pretty lucky to have had this kind of chemistry playing together,” Scott said. “Very lucky.”


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