For several hours on a muggy, windless Saturday in July, a parade of Bay area acts played alt-country, folk and other roots styles at Skippers in a fundraiser for our beloved listener-sponsored station. And it was good. But it didnt exactly rock. The Americana Fest was crying out for a jolt of energy, and singer/guitarist Steve Connelly backed by a handful of his former bandmates in The Headlights (along with singer/guitarist Ed Woltil) served up a heaping dose. His original tunes had a Tom Petty/Byrds feel. He played long guitar solos with passion and body English. And hes a much better lead vocalist than he gets credit for. Most of the bands did half-hour sets; Connelly & the Lesser Gods pushed to about 45. He ended with an expanded, exuberant version of Like a Rolling Stone. A most welcome bonus.