The Jacks, Reef, 3:30 p.m.
This trio of local middle-aged men delivered a set of casual rock and roll that spread across genres from honky tonk country to smooth jazz, before finally settling in to songs about drinking gin and doing foolish things.
James Orr, Bittercreek, 4:15 p.m.
Midway through James Orr’s first song at the Bittercreek Ale House, the people in attendance rudely cheered over him as South Carolina toppled Alabama, but Orr took it in stride. He acknowledged the game and pressed on with more relaxing folk songs, before taking to his mixing board and throwing in some beats to satisfy the audience’s attention span.
Shad, Knitting Factory, 9:25 p.m.
The Knitting Factory’s hip-hop showcase was running behind schedule, but that didn’t stop Ontario, Canada MC Shad from throwing down a set of beat-heavy, intellectually minded party tunes. The MC went into the audience and delivered his rhymes in the midst of clamoring fans, while his DJ hung out on the stage, cranking out samples and thumping beats from behind.
Thomas Paul, The Egyptian, 9:45 p.m.
Local crooner Thomas Paul and his six-piece band—flute, cello, stand-up bass, telecaster, drums and backup singers—engaged the seated audience at the Egyptian Theatre with a set of orchestral rock 'n' roll. Paul’s layered and spacious sound worked well for covers of Grant Lee Buffalo’s “Mighty Joe Moon,” and The Beatles “Happiness Is a Warm Gun.” The rest of the set featured songs off Paul’s forthcoming album, due on January 15.