The Perpetrators get audience moving to the blues

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The trouble with having two bands I really want to see  playing at the same time, is I’m inevitable going to miss some or all of one of their sets.Jay Nowicki of the Perpetrators at the Slice, Oct. 13. photo by Richard Amery
 So, due to  Rotary park playing for the Lethbridge Folk Club, I missed the first set from Winnipeg blues rock trio the Perpetrators and my favourite Perps’ song “ Six Pack.”
 As the show was supposed to begin at 8, but didn’t, I should consider myself lucky to have only missed one set.


 The trio of guitarist/vocalist Jay Nowicki, bassist Johnny Scoles and drummer Emmet van Etten played a solid set of gritty, sweaty blues rock with just a touch of country music including music from mostly their last couple of albums.


 I was afraid another competing show from Papa King and Darryl Duüs at the Owl would drain the Perpetrator’s  blues loving audience. Luckily it was not so, as the Slice was packed, Saturday, Oct. 13, with an enthusiastic crowd, who were getting sweaty in front to the stage.


 They slowed down, but once, for “ the countryish “Josco,” a tribute to Johnny Scoles, who also owns Winnipeg’s popular live music club the Times Changed.
They ended their second set with their rousing cover of  the Rolling Stones’ “Off The Hook,” which described the show.


Their abbreviated third set was also excellent, with plenty of nowicki’s Hound Dog Taylorish guitar playing and a few choice covers including  a cover of Neil Young’s Cinnamon Girl.”
 A highlight of that set was definitely the rollicking “Crazy about my baby.”
They were called back for an encore of a blues rock  injected version of Hank Williams Jr.’s “Are you Ready for the Country.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 October 2018 09:58 )