Nestled between a chic coffee shop and a trendy boutique lie a large set of double doors; doors leading to the Ambassador Apartments. Transforming the apartment’s lobby into a concert venue for the night, three out-of-town acts provided the soundtrack to the night’s Sofar St. Patrick’s festivities.
Brewster, a punchy songwriting project from Mark Bucci, came to life with a full band set, chock full of poetic lyricism and jaunty guitars and keys. Powering through their four-song set, the New Jersey musicians certainly grasped the audience’s attention from the first chord. Following up the charming Brewster set was Omaha/LA-based Sun Cycles. Performing for the fourth time ever, the new project from Jessica Hottman (joined by Ed Getzlaff on percussion) is a journey in huge synth sounds and deep, booming drums. With a perfect pop sensibility, the entire crowd was bobbing their head to the music. Closing the night, also from New Jersey, was indie rockers ManDancing. Performing a bit more pulled back than usual, the band’s set lost no energy on the wildly attentive Sofar audience. Emotionally drenched songwriting wrapped tightly around jangly composition is ManDancing’s M.O., and it was effortlessly elicited during their short set.