The Bar Deluxe Shindig was a pretty amazing experience, with several great bands. Kicked off by solo artists Trevor Price, who warmed up the audience with a very competently performed set, the show also included Oh, Be Clever, Visioneer, Vinyl Tapestries and Katie Ainge with the Wagon Gypsies as the headliner.
Oh, Be Clever, with lead singer Brittney Shields, did a very enjoyable and charming set that was enthusiastically received. She had some excellent lighting effects as well as her clear and powerful voice, which resonated with her original songs.
Visioneer, with drummer Randy Beasterfield providing the solid rhythmic support, was also greatly enjoyed. Their set was a bit boisterous with three guys fronting the band.
Samantha Calmes, lead singer of Vinyl Tapestries, had some intimately personal stories and beautiful vocals, mostly as a solo artist with her guitar. She definitely delighted the audience as the last opener.
The final act was Katie Ainge, whose new band was recently named the Wagon Gypsies, came on stage just after midnight, and her set was somewhat shorter than expected, but it included her new hit song, “Fond of You,” which has raced up the adult contemporary radioplay charts nationwide, almost into the top twenty. Katie has been touring on the Xtreme Tour, promoting her recent award-winning Christian album “Then Sings My Soul.”
Definitely, every performer in this show put out their best, and it was an outstanding night of music well worth the modest cover charge.