Nick WaterhouseCalifornian RnB revivalist Nick Waterhouse was in fine form on Saturday night.

His interesting modern take on vintage melange drew a huge crowd. He was ably supported by keyboardist Lee Pardini who produced some stunning solos, “Moist” Paula Henderson (resplendent in red satin jumpsuit) on Baritone sax and Rob Douglas on the Fender bass. Mention must be made of the gorgeous vocals of Brittany Manor, she is a powerhouse performer.

Sad story songs like Let Them Lock Me Up and When I Get Low, I Get High provided some variety to the set material, but mostly the pace was fairly frantic.

This is Waterhouse’s first visit to Australia but he seems to already have a large following. Dapper in his sports coat, neat crew cut and black rimmed spectacles he wooed the mosh pit shamelessly. Sooner than later dancing broke out.

Waterhouse is no slouch on guitar and his crisp chords underlined the precision timing which really polished rock and roll requires.

Waterhouse was ingenuous and direct in his brief introductions to the songs. I particularly liked the dedication to “My record label and management “as the intro to the number Dead Room – “Soon as you can hold a tune, they put you in the dead room.”

All in all a blistering set, with familiar numbers from his two albums like Holly, I Can Only Give You Everything as well as Barry White’s All I Have is You.

The ultimate break up song Don’t You Forget together with an outstanding Time’s all Gone rounded out the menu. The Charles Sheffield penned It’s Your Voodoo Working was a treat.

It was a warm Perth night outdoors but the Waterhouse outfit raised the temperature to hot!

Mojo Juju ripped into the opening set. Her range is phenomenal. An excellent saxophonist and drummer complete the band. Perhaps this could have been further fleshed out with additional instruments, however she displayed a nice line in self deprecatory patter.

2015 Perth International Arts Festival
Nick Waterhouse

Venue: Chevron Festival Gardens
Date: 7 March 2015
Tickets: $50 – $55

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