The Josh Berwanger Band was fantastic.
It can be hard opening a show. Not everyone is there yet, the people who are there probably aren't there for you, and chances are they are fresh off work, at least on a Wednesday. None of that mattered; they just came onto the stage and brought it alive.
It was a short and energetic set. Having only done a little pre-listening, I thought they sounded pretty different from their online material. It may just be that there is a different vibe to a live show, but they just signed with a new label, so hoping for new recordings does not seem completely unreasonable.
Another possible difference is that previous materials list four band members, but there were five men on stage. With three guitars, plus bass and drums, that gave a full rock sound, and they demonstrated a good level of comfort and compatibility between them.
I hope that stresses enough that they were excellent. Otherwise, I do have some random observations.
Josh Berwanger introduced the band as being from Nilbog, Kansas, which appears to be a running joke for them. I wondered for a moment if there was a real place with that name, but it seems to be only a Troll 2 reference as I originally thought. They are from Kansas, but some other city. That movie was terrible.
Also Berwanger had one of the most beautiful guitars I had ever seen. It was very sleek and narrow, kind of like Dan K. Brown's bass, but not quite as minimalist. Absolutely gorgeous.
Of course those are merely details, and the important thing is the music, but they had that covered. This is a good band, catch them live if you can.