Inside Job keyboardist Damian Bauso was once on the outside looking in.
The youngest of three Bauso brothers in the Auburn band, the 37-year-old used to watch bassist Phil and guitarist Chris play shows. Eight months ago, he joined them on stage — bringing the brothers closer in more ways than one.
"It's been fun to be a part of something," Damian said. "It's a nice bonding experience. We have fun together."
Joining the Bausos are "brothers from other mothers" drummer Chuck Randall and saxophonist Chris Sawyer. For more than 30 years the elder Bausos have recruited friends from the Auburn music scene — some from past groups like the Northside Blues Band and the Kingpins — to join them in Inside Job.
The current lineup steps out about once a month for Auburn shows, playing what Damian calls a "funked-up rock and blues" style. Phil and Chris' originals sprinkle a selection of blues and soul covers by genre giants like Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles that come with Inside Job's own musical stamp.
"We definitely put our own spin on them," Bauso said.
Friday the band does so inside the cozy confines of O'Toole's on Osborne Street. The square footage makes the bar patrons a captive audience, Bauso joked, but the band will try to keep the volume down.
"It's nice to play a neighborhood bar, and the people there seem to dig it," he said. "We like the place and they seem like good people."