Viva Cantina in Burbank was the place to be this past Sunday evening, as veteran music critic Jonny Whiteside held the latest edition of his annual Messaround concert showcase.
Now in its eighth installment, the Messaround featured a wide variety of bands and singer/songwriters, each performing for a lively packed house. The artists this time around included country rock songstress Tonya Watts, 1970s punk band the Gears, hyper-flamboyant Troy Walker and gritty rock rebel Simon Stokes.
All seats were already filled when the Messaround began at 5 p.m. and a house band kicked things off with a mellow mix of older country tunes. The bar's flat screen television made a feeble attempt to entice some patrons into watching Peyton Manning and the Colts wreck his brother Eli and the Giants in late-day football, but everyone was there to hear the bands. One country set was followed by another as Watts took the stage to sing some of her original tunes.