Ricky Kendall brings talents to house show


Singer/guitarist Ricky Kendall will perform a house show with his stripped-down band at 614 NW Second St. on Friday.

Courtesy of Ricky Kendall
Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:54 p.m.

I am not exactly a religious person. I’ve been to church, I’ve prayed at Notre Dame and St. Peter’s Basilica ... it doesn’t do much for me. But when I watch Ricky Kendall sing his songs and play his guitar, I believe in God. He’s not an overtly preachy man; he jokes like anyone else would, he doesn’t corner you at a party to tell you all about Jesus, he’s just an extraordinarily talented man with a message that makes life seem wonderful, and to him it really is.

His melodies seem other-worldly and his backing band couldn’t be filled with better musicians or better people in general. His songs are full of life and have a sentimental vigor that leaves the listener smiling every time. I once watched him perform with just a guitar in the middle of the room at High Dive to more than 200 people, and let me tell you, I felt very sorry for the four-piece rock band that had to follow that act. No comparison. People walked away feeling something that normal music doesn’t make you feel, and thank God for that.

If you’re up for a bit of an adventure, check him and his stripped-down band out Friday when they perform an intimate house show also featuring local ballad-expert Kelsi Candelaria, and Portland, Ore., folk-rockers Hazel Ra. The performance, at 614 NW Second St., begins at 8 p.m. Friday.

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On Friday, The Busted Tramps’ debut show at 1982 also features special guests Jake Calhoun and The Chasers, starting at 8:30 p.m.

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Local punk-rock trio Ultra Skull performs Friday along with Post Season, Tiger Lily and Stanley & The Search at Mars Pub, starting at 9 p.m.

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Alt-rockers Rosewater perform with local rockers Pseudo Kids and Pale Face on Friday at Loosey’s, starting at 9 p.m.

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The local folk-bluegrass quintet Nook & Cranny performs at Lightin’ Salvage behind Satchel’s Pizza on Saturday, starting at 6 p.m.

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Local Southern-rock legends Dixie Desperados perform with Mike Boulware & Family on Saturday at High Dive, starting at 6 p.m.

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Hardcore acts Palisades, Famous Last Words, Feed A Lion A Feline and A Common Collapse play their version of hardcore on Saturday at 1982, starting at 7 p.m.

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Local hip-hoppers Ros and Bola of MSNRA fame perform with Big Whatever, False Flag and ODcash on Saturday at The Atlantic, starting at 10 p.m.

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New York City ska fanatics The Slackers perform with local ska/reggae legends The Duppies, Cardboard Paradise and UNRB on Sunday at High Dive, starting at 7 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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