Sindacato, Tim Brickley at Locals Only, Jan. 2009

 

On Friday night, the stage at Locals Only was jam-packed with iconic Indianapolis musicians and people celebrating their birthday. Legendary roots band Sindacato is out of hiatus. After a three-year break, the mostly-original lineup has returned. Tonight's version included Frank Dean, Gary Wasson, Gary Bole and Carl LaSasso. Gary Wasson's best childhood friend sat in on harmonica. Sindacato plays bluegrass and folk music with obvious talent and verve.

Tim Brickley and The Bleeding Hearts kicked off the show and played another full set after Sindacato. Brickley and his band played what they do best: power-pop. The set featured original Brickley tunes and well chosen covers. The band -- Larry DeMyer, Scott Sanders and Brian Borders -- all sounded great together. DeMyer and Sanders added sweet harmonies to Brickley's sound.

The night was capped off by what Brickley called the "All Star Jam." Punk rock idol J.J. Pearson jumped behind the drum kit for a bit, vacating the spot when his taxi arrived. Brickley and Wasson traded songs and singing roles. The show doubled as a surprise birthday party for Wasson, who celebrates his birthday next week. Ironically, it was Brickley's actual birthday. The cake was just the icing on the great night of music.

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