My friend Katie Jo has been kicking ass and taking names lately. Tuesday night, her new band Miner (with her very talented husband Justin and some of their closest friends and family) played its first show at The Echo…and they were awesome. Kate has been dedicating countless hours to singing, guitar, mandolin — and it’s paying off. Seriously, she brought a tear to my eye. She was literally beaming, singing and playing her heart out. Justin used to be in another great band with his college friends, and Kate used to rally us all together to sing and bop around at the shows. It made me beyond happy to see her up there, and to dance around like crazy as her fan girl!