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  • Bronze Radio Return dials it up at Firefly

  • Bronze Radio Return gave a high-energy performance that had the audience at Firefly Music Festival’s Forest stage shaking their booties on Friday afternoon.
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  • Bronze Radio Return gave a high-energy performance that had the audience at Firefly Music Festival’s Forest stage shaking their booties on Friday afternoon.
    The Hartford, Conn.-based band’s live sound lived up to their recordings, as they delivered strong melodies and a powerful, folk rock sound, flavored with banjo, harmonica and organ. Front man Chris Henderson’s unique vocals made the band stand out even more by adding a gravely quality that served as a contrast to their upbeat style.
    The band – which includes Henderson, Rob Griffith on drums, Bob Tanen on bass, Matt Warner on organ and keyboards, Patrick Fetkowitz on lead guitar and Craig Struble on harmonica and banjo – produced a sound with a southern flair, which may be due to the fact that they’ve recorded in both Tennessee and Oklahoma.
    Their tunes are insanely catchy with pop harmonies that make fans want dance, thanks to the band’s drummer, who laid down beats that had the crowd stomping their feet and clapping their hands.
    Bronze Radio Return’s stage performance was just as high energy as their music. Henderson wiggled, stomped and almost moonwalked his way through the set, while Struble tore it up on both the banjo and the harmonica. Tanen’s tendency to rock out on the bass was more reminiscent of a rock god than the indie rocker he is. All of the band’s members were smiley and looked like they were having the time of their lives.
    All in all, Bronze Radio Return was definitely worth seeing, with nothing lost in translation between the band’s recordings and their live show.
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