Ox

Ox front man Mark Browning declined an offer of a free drink, asking instead if anyone in the crowd had a Fisherman’s Friend for him. That was as close as the Sudbury guitarist/vocalist came to complaining about a nagging head cold, though, the effects of which were nowhere to be seen during the robust 40-minute performance. Comporting himself in a confident style equal parts Jeff Tweedy and Jon Bon Jovi, Browning got his mellow, countrified, front-porch rendition of Cheap Trick’s "Surrender” out of the way early, moving on to stronger, more dynamic original fare, including two or three mid-tempo numbers that seemed to betray an obsession with pilfered muscle cars.