Double Down Saloon, Nov. 27

Gritty local favorites—the Vermin, the Nines, Thee Swank Bastards, et al—performed as part of a four-night party for the bar’s 19th anniversary. And a midnight set by the rock band composed of current and past Blue Man Group performers capped off the festivities. Todd Waetzig warmed up first, setting a rhythm with the drums. Two other drummers followed, pounding as if they were a part of a loud drum circle. The guitarists chimed in, and Uberschall (German for “supersonic”) rode the wave of an improvisational journey—flowing the melody in one direction and then following their gut in another. The pace slowed down and then picked up. They jammed for about 20 minutes and took a short break. The follow-up jam session started out very differently, with a slower, mellower pace set by Elvis Lederer, the guitarist and the band’s general manager. His soft wailing vibrated through the bar like whale sounds, summoning his bandmates to find their places and concert-goers to dance. The pace picked up. Drummers pounded into a frenzy. And 19 years were duly celebrated. (Uberschall plays at Double Down on the last Sunday of every month.)

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