Adam Marsland, 56 Hope Road, The Common, Paging Raymond

Birdy’s

Friday, Oct. 8

Fifty people enjoyed a rockin’ reunion and good out-of-town bands Friday night.

L.A.’s Adam Mansfield kicked off with fast, heavy piano ballads. They sang well-rehearsed four-part harmonies and the girl on guitar ripped it up. Adam’s lyrics carried the humorous cynicism of Ben Folds Five, and he pounded the keys like David Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane.”

Then Chicago’s 56 Hope Road kept things going with some bluesy acoustic swing comparable to Jack Johnson. These rockers from the Region played some relaxed reggae with an upright bass. The fans clapped along to a Bob Schneider cover. They added some Afro-Cuban flavor with an extended jam on a djembe drum and cajon, a percussive wooden box. The girls were shakin’ it on the dance floor.

The Common kicked off their energetic set with loud guitars and stage theatrics to match. These Battle of the Bands finalists made for some good headbanging with a sound that had elements of Iggy Pop. Adam Marsland joined them in a balls-to-the-wall cover of “Million Miles Away.” They closed their set with a loud scream.

With a loud “yee-haw,” Paging Raymond then reunited on the Birdy’s stage for some of the best country rock around. Featuring twangy guitars, mandolin and three-part harmonies with a Southern drawl, they brought down-home rock to Birdy’s with a sound to match Mellencamp. They had fans clapping on the backbeat during a classic hoedown piece. The singer roared, “You break my heart,” straight from the gut.

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