The evening featured Christmas music, good cheer and a whiskey drinkin’, cigarette smokin’, droopy drawer’d Santa. Greg Brenner of Punk Rock Night fame reprised his role as celebrity Santa for the second year, filling the big shoes (and beard) of longtime Mr. Claus, Otis Gibbs.
The night kicked off with the great power pop of Reaul. Then Ashworth took the stage with their lovely acoustic rock tunes, including their new Christmas song, “King of Love Come Down.”
Things got a little crazy on stage after that. The Birdy’s X-mas show always has a family reunion vibe, if your family was comprised of musicians that you’ve known since high school and that you’ve most likely bunked with in a van.
Two bands in the lineup, The YaYas and Vinyl Shriner, share members and lots of history. I won’t try to sort out what order the bands played, since the set times were negotiated on the fly and they all played several times.
The YaYas were a fun treat. The trio has played together since their high school days in Zionsville. Their sets had a bluesy rock feel and showed off Andrew Dyken’s soulful voice.
Vinyl Shriner is good old-fashioned shiny fez-wearing fun. My favorite part of the night was the helium-fueled Chipmunks cover.
Lines of Nazca features Birdy’s booker, Jeff Sample. It is always a treat to see Sample on stage. Almost the whole band contributes vocals making for some surprisingly sweet rock harmonies. And to all it was clearly a good night.