You just can’t beat a Bad Thursday party! And a Bad Thursday Party with two Park Theatre favourites is just going to be the best. So we are so excited to bring you, the badass doubleheader show of The Perpetrators and The Ripperz on April 13th! You’re not working the next day, so come down and get wild.
April 13th, 2017 / Doors 8 / Show 9 / $15 plus fees in advance
Tickets at The Park Theatre, Music Trader and online
The Perpetrators front-man and founding member Jay Nowicki is rated one of Canada’s tastiest guitar players. Together with the “meat-and-mashed-potatoes” rhythm section of Emmet VanEtten & John Scoles, they deliver a tight, raw and intense blues experience that is sure to make you get up and shake it.
The Perpetrators’ albums have garnered WCMA Awards and Juno nominations. Their ability to stay grounded to their Winnipeg roots, coupled with the raw energy and extreme talent makes this one of the best groups to come out of Canada.
Not too long ago, there were a not-so-well-kept-secret – where they acted as house band for such visiting blues legends like Hubert Sumlin, Louisiana Red, Paul “Wine” Jones and others – The Perpetrators kicked things up a notch in 2006. A European Tour capped off a Juno Nomination and a win at the Western Canadian Music Awards. That decade, The Perps released two more albums, garnering various award nominations.
In late 2009, Jay Nowicki teamed up with Romi Mayes for extensive touring that saw them travel across the US, Canada, and Europe, and recorded the critically acclaimed live album “Lucky Tonight” in 2011.
2013 had Jay and The Perpetrators back in the studio to record their latest release, the long-awaited “Stick ‘Em Up”, which Dr Boogie (Classic 21 – Belgium) described as: “The dirtiest stuff you made [sic] so far, and the more accessible for my greasy ears…” Accompanying the release, The Perps returned to Belgium and Holland for the first time since 2009.
“Stick ‘Em Up” has been met with rave reviews, as well as a Western Canadian Music Award for Blues Album of the Year. The festival season of 2015 will take The Perpetrators across Canada, and overseas once again.
“J Nowicki has been my favourite guitar player since we were both 15 years old at the Blue Note Cafe in Winnipeg… & it’s taken over 15 years for me to get over my initial fear, which has only subsided into a tingling sort of awe. The Perps’ commitment to the things they have loved (& mastered) since they were kids, is a template for what every artist should endeavour to achieve. Ironically it’s their dedication to the traditional elements of blues, country music, & dirty rock & roll, that, combined with just the inevitable doses of ingenuity & personality, makes them possibly the most honest & unique band I’ve ever heard. In this arena, there is no other band that I know who can touch them.”
– Luke Doucet
Quality as a live act and commitment to the stage is unquestionable. Their talent, passion and laid back style pull in new fans at each performance. The catchiness of their songs and intimacy of their lyrics lead to full blown crowd sing-alongs. The home-style brand of rock and roll varies from folk-tinged ballads to upbeat rockers with an occasional hard rock scream thrown in for good measure.