Melody Inn Christmas Party

Friday, Dec. 17

The Melody Inn managed to put together one of the best Christmas parties of the season on Friday night, cramming together onto one bill an album release party and three of the best local bands in Indianapolis, plus another from St. Louis.

Opening the show was Chris Coolidge, who put in a decent set in honor of his much-anticipated Center of the Universe. Afterward, Maxtone Four (missing their guitarist) took the stage, and managed an amusing show, complete with banter among band members in between songs, threats of leaving each other behind and a cover of the Backstreet Boys’ “Larger Than Life.” Everyone in a 10 foot radius was whispering to each other, “What is that song? I know that … did they rip off Supertramp or something?”

Finishing the night, The Shivers, The Common and The Fuglees all played their expected sets, much to the delight of the audience. The Shivers, never lacking energy, raced through their set, which included fan favorites “E = Mc 5” and “Ice Cream Van.” The Common, also extremely high-energy, jumped and joked throughout. Jim Sizemore had more facial expressions and smiles than a pageant contestant … if that man was not in showchoir in high school, he missed his calling. It wasn’t hard to understand why The Common was one of this year’s Battle of the Bands finalists.

The Fuglees rounded out the evening, playing older songs from Indiana and newer ones as well. Always the end-of-the-evening highlight, The Fuglees were their usual fun, silly, but musically marvelous selves, and other than skipping the song “Pretty,” they were perfection.

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