Julia Massey of the band, Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount, speaks about returning to Baltimore and performing at Sidebar Tavern in Baltimore on Friday, May 3. (Video by Jen Rynda/BSMG0

"This is not my kind of usual Friday night out," said former Catonsville resident Barbara Massey Goglia. "But I would go anywhere to hear her play."

Massey Goglia was among the crowd of more than 40 people at the Sidebar Tavern in Baltimore to hear Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount play their first show in the lead singer's hometown.

The Seattle band is led by Catonsville native Julia Massey, Goglia's daughter.

"It's very exciting," Massey Goglia said. "I know she's been looking forward to playing for friends and family."

Now a Towson resident, Massey Goglia has heard her daughter play during visits to Seattle, where she now lives.

Though she said the small bar filled mostly with customers in their late 20s or early 30s was not her typical scene, she enjoyed hearing her daughter play in her home state for the first time.

"It's a big deal when she comes to town, and it's a really big deal to play in a venue at home," she said.

The bar was filled with Massey's childhood friends, family members and even her former teachers at Catonsville High.

As she took the stage wearing a glittery green tank top, brown pants and brown loafers with bright striped socks, she addressed the crowd.

"I love a great many people in this room tonight," she said after she donned the green feather mask she wears while she sings. "And I thank you guys so much for being here."

As the lights dimmed, the group's trippy, poppy indie music filled the room. Massey's ethereal voice, combined with her keyboard playing, had heads bobbing instantly throughout the crowded bar.

The group played a combination of songs from its album, "Five Letters from Far Away" and new pieces they have been working on recently.

"I'm really excited that I'm getting to share with all of my family and friends what my Seattle band has been doing all this time," Massey said before the show Friday.

"It's sort of my past culture meeting my present culture," she said. "I'm totally beside myself."

Massey's sister Catherine Bowen made the drive to Baltimore from York, Pa., to see her sister perform live for the first time.

"It's really surreal, because I watch it (Massey's performances) through the Internet and hear recordings but ... it's great to see her live knowing it's really her," Bowen said.

Bowen said Massey has always been involved in the arts and that she's proud to see her sister doing so well in her musical career.

She said almost everyone can say they know someone who plays music, but not many can say they are successfully making a career out of it.

"Knowing someone who's actually doing it well, it's special," Bowen said.

Bowen said she and her family knew Massey would do great things in the music world when her piano teacher discovered she had perfect pitch at the age of 7 during her first lesson.