Battle of the Bands / February 1, 2013 / Jackie O's
By: Kristin Ray, Contributor When 10 p.m. rolled around, I was convincing myself to venture out into the frigid night air and up to Jackie O's. It had been a while since I had been to a show, and I wanted to see The Burning River Ramblers and Mantra play. Plus, it was Battle of the Bands, so it was sure to be a good time. I got to Jackie O's after the first two bands had already played, but it was perfect timing for me. BRR had just taken the stage. While they were playing, I couldn't help think back to the interview I had with Chris Rush a few days prior. I could pick up on the reggae influence in their music. I could also understand why people described them as "breezy, catchy and diverse." You could pick up on the influences from a variety of genres. While their set flowed together, no song was the same. I had never listened to BRR's tunes before coming to this show, but I was singing along. I think their music was almost designed for that. The crowed was dancing and the energy levels were high. The band was grooving right along with the crowd. It was hard to not get caught up in the music. Unfortunately, I started feeling a bit under the weather and had to leave after their set, but seeing The Burning River Ramblers play was well worth the trip up to Jackie O's Friday night.
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