The Slurs, The Jabs, Great Big Huge The Slurs, The Jabs, Great Big Huge Birdy’s Saturday, March 13 Some of the best bands in Indiana came together Saturday night for a benefit show for Bob and Sharon Yockey, otherwise known as Vanique’s parents. And while all benefit shows have good intent, some of them suck musically, to be quite frank. This was a welcome relief from the norm. When I arrived about 9:30 p.m., Great Big Huge was taking the stage. They had a very intriguing blend of many pop styles, which reflects the diversity of its members. (Any band with both Marmoset and Drunko on its members’ resumes is bound to reflect quite different worldviews.) Their set left me wanting to hear more of this all-star band. Lines of Nazca and Gentlemen’s Towel followed. Lines of Nazca showed a deft wit and a penchant for the heavy riff, while Gentlemen’s Towel played a basic set of heavy rock and roll by the numbers. The big treats of the evening were to follow. The Jabs seemed unusually on point Saturday, playing ham-handed rock and roll evocative of lead singer Jade’s old band, The Mighty John Waynes. With the welcome augmentation of guitarist Doug Perdue, The Jabs delivered a slab of raw rock and roll meat that was as blunt as it was refreshing. Following that were local kingpins The Slurs. With the recording of their long-awaited album behind them, this band seems energized again after a live-show slump. All of the energy was back and then some, particularly on the chestnuts such as “Playboy” and “The Problem With Rock and Roll.” Even “It Just Gets Worse,” their signature song, seemed filled with new life. A truncated cover of Blondie’s “Call Me” was a tantalizing hint of their upcoming show at Talbott Street. Perhaps most important of all, the show raised more than $1,300 to help Vanique’s parents’ bills, proving local musicians have big hearts to go with the big sounds they make.

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