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Bocepus King gets lost in the groove

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 The Slice also had a handful of people for Vancouver roots musician Bocephus King, who got lost in their own groove of conga Bocephus King laid down a groove. Photo by Richard Amerydrums, bass, guitar and Charlie Hase’s pedal steel guitar.


 His set was stultifying, but also addictive, featuring a variety of laid back grooves and extended jams which showcased his talented band.


 There were a couple songs from his up and coming CD “Willie Dixon, God Damn,” which stood out as one of the few uptempo moments in the set. 

King aka, Jamie Perry, noodled out the catchy riff on the guitar for the title track of the Cd, which the bassist picked up, as the drummer and percussionist laid down the back end while Charlie Hase took a steel guitar solo, giving King the opportunity to go to the washroom while the rest of the band launched into an extended jam on the song.


The band was impressive throughout the show, watching him intently for the cues to the next song’s groove, no matter how long it took him to decide on the riff, and then launching onto it and going with the flow. He didn’t say much during the first set other than to ask if anybody had any requests. One fan called out for “Jesus The Bookie,” which he was pleased to play, turning it into another extended mellow groove.


Charlie Hase is always a highlight no matter who he plays with and this show was no exception as he added his always haunting aura to the songs on the pedal steel guitar.


 They looked up from the music to take a break around midnight and I was about ready to call it a night but he promised to play “Cowboy Neal,” one of the highlights of the new CD, which is about Neal Cassady, who was the muse of a lot of Beatnik era writers including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.
 He started his second set with a hypnotic version of the song.

 — by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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