It was a snowy, bleak, wintry Thursday, but that didn’t stop people from making it out to Cafe Bourbon Street on Jan. 8 to welcome the band Happy Birthdayy [sic] to Columbus. The Oklahoma City natives visited Cafe Bourbon Street as a part of their two week winter tour.
New Shoes opened the show with a rather loose set. New Shoes is a brand new group of Columbus natives, including myself, brought together by Sandeep Sehbi of Yawning Rabbit Productions. The band features a rotating line of approximately ten musicians so as to never have to turn down a show. Most of the band members switched instruments at least once during this performance. New Shoes played five songs and then finished the set with a free form jam on stage, which is usually a risky move, but it paid off this time as the crowd dug the off the cuff style.
Up next was Fisher, a progressive rock group from Lancaster. Jerry Childers fronts the group playing alongside Michael Neumaier on Drums and Tim Bachelor on Bass/Guitar. All members of the band sing as well. These guys laid down one hell of a set. The sound was tight, the melodies were pleasant and the harmonies were spot on. These guys were definitely the most well polished group of the night.
After Fisher, things were kicked up a notch and a half, with Betsy Ross taking the stage. This three-piece rock group does just that. Their high energy, hard rock sound pumped up the crowd and got everybody on their feet. They lit up the stage with an electrifying set featuring some of their older songs as well as a teaser from their upcoming EP which is set to be released on Saturday Jan. 17 at Bossy Grrls Pin-up Joint.
Charity Crowe fronts this trio, accompanied by her brother Schuyler on Bass, with David Wegner on drums.
Finally, it was time for the headliner, Oklahoma city’s Happy Birthdayy. This three-piece band featuringKeaton D, Azaad G, and Colin F, is something out of the ordinary. Nothing is static about their sound. Their songs cannot be labeled with a verse/chorus structure, because they are never the same. Part two of a song is never quite like part one, while part three is something else entirely. My only complaint with the set was that I couldn’t hear a single damn word that they were singing. Whether it was a faulty mic, the sound guy not having the volume up enough, or poor mic technique, whatever it was, it certainly could have been better.
All in all, it was a solid show for a solid crowd on a snowy Thursday in January at one of Columbus’ many fine spots for local music. More info on all of the bands who played can be found on Facebook, and their music is available on their respective Bandcamp pages.
About Eli Rousculp
Eli Rousculp writes reviews, articles and photographs for NID Magazine.