Though I arrived fairly late to Gallery 5 Saturday night, I could instantly tell that I was in the right place for a good time. WRIR’s Commonwealth of Notions host and awesome music writer Shannon Cleary was leading the effort for Commonwealth of Notions’ second live concert: Vol. 2. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ENTIRE PHOTO ALBUM.
On three stages at Gallery 5, Vol 2 was an all day concert featuring some of the RVA’s best bands. I arrived just in time to see my friend Swordplay rip the main stage. I also was excited because it would be my first time seeing the show closer, Canary Oh Canary. I had heard a lot about Canary Oh Canary from some of my music blogger friends (most of them were in the building). Both Swordplay and Canary Oh Canary were awesome live.
As usual for me, I left the night really impressed with two band that I have never seen or actually heard of before: The Low Branches and Bermuda Triangles.
The Low Branches have a sound that takes you to a different place. It’s cool melodic stuff. Like most people in the world – I’m a bit of a sucker for attractive lead singers that plays guitar – The Low Branches have that too. They were really impressive and captured an audience that had been hearing some up tempo hype MCing just minutes before.
Bermuda Triangles – What’s not to like! Pretty much 3 drums going in all at once – a sax – keyboards – I have never seen anything like this live. It was awesome! Their groove is strong – It’s hard to explain but it’s that feeling you get when drums take over your entire body. I got that listening to them. Bermuda Triangles went hard, it sounded amazing, and don’t get me wrong – they are a bit out there. Just enough “out there” that you think – they are really on to something special. I’m going to remember them for a while!
Overall, a great night of music. Well done by Shannon and the entire crew at WRIR and Commonwealth of Notions. I can’t wait for Vol. 3. Click HERE to see my entire photo album.