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Katz came back with a brand new band and lots of melody

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Unfortunately I missed most of  Peter Katz’s  show at the Slice, May 6. Peter Katz returned to Lethbridge, May 6. Photo by Richard Amery

I caught a few songs with his band (pianist Michelle Willis, drummer Benjamin Rollo, bassist Mark McIntire) and  a beautiful acoustic  number “Oliver’s Song” about violinist Oliver Schrorer who passed away at 51 after which he played on his own, standing in the middle of an audience of approximately 60 people, while his band took a break.

“I’ve spent most of my life telling people about Oliver Schrorer,” he related.
He played a beautiful seven minute long version of his song “ First of the Last to Know,” which showcased the band’s groove and hypnotic vocal harmonies and subtly looped a couple of his own chorus lines and percussion on his guitar, which the band played over.

He had an attentively listening audience of approximately 60 people who sat enraptured.

 He was called back for an encore, dedicated half of it to let  pianist Michelle Willis play her beautiful soulful song “ It’ll Rain Today” for which he stood back and added harmony vocals.

 The band returned for the last song of the night — another older song “ Thunder In your Chest” on which he also looped a few effects and added delay to the vocals.

I also missed opening act Luke Sital Singh, but was fortunate enough to catch his soundcheck.

He is apparently very popular in his homeland of the United Kingdom and even opened for Robert Plant.

 He sounded like a blend of  Radiohead and Jason Isbell and accompanied himself on guitar and keyboard.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2015 12:38 )  
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