Show Review: Nicky P and Friends

Milkboy is one of my favorite spots in Center City. It covers all of the after work essentials- great drinks, great food, and killer live music. Last Thursday, I decided to catch the Nicky P and Friends Show and I’m very glad I did.

The night opened with the funky, smooth stylings of Tim Straughter. He performed solo and held his own, captivating the crowd with his voice and jazzy guitar playing. You can hear his music online under the name, Petite Sketches.

Next up was the JP Bailey Trio. Overall, the band’s sound was super tight and they had a lot of great energy together. Their sound had a lot of 90s rock elements, which I love, so I enjoyed their set. The song dedication to the lead singer’s fiancé was definitely a sweet, memorable moment.

Then of course came the man of the hour- Nicky P. I was really impressed by his show. First of all, his whole onstage persona is unique- it’s like the swagger of Rocky Balboa meets the soulfulness of Jason Mraz. I don’t know how else to describe it!

Vocally, Nicky P is on point. Hs voice is resonant and packs a lot of punch. His guitar playing is skillful and rhythmic. The sound is somewhere between the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jason Mraz, and Sublime.

One song that I really enjoyed was “Here We Go.” He has these really cool scat parts in the chorus and the song makes use of interesting chord progressions while still staying melodic.

Nicky P wrote a song for his brother Danny called “Special Friend” and that was probably the stand out song of the night for me. It was incredibly personal but also impeccably written and performed. I couldn’t find the tune online but I hope he records it soon.

Towards the end of the set, Nicky P did a cover of Passenger’s “Let Her Go” and then followed it up with a really unique cover of “Fresh Prince of Belair.” The latter was very original- almost like Fresh Prince meets Buddy Holly.

The energy was up the entire show. Nicky P really knows how to keep the audience engaged and entertained. I also have to note Bruno of Former Belle did an incredible job on drums as did Christopher Davis- Shannon on bass.

If you’d like to check out more of Nicky P’s music, I’ve included a video below:

Nicky P covers “The General” by Dispatch

Nicky P- Let’s Start Tonight (Original)

Photo Credit: Matthew DeFiore

2 Comments

  1. Nicholas piccari

    July 18, 2014 at 9:47 am

    This is awesome! It was such a fun night and one I’ll remember! Thanks you Jennifer!

  2. Carol

    July 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Thought Nicky P show was wonderful nevertheless entertaining!! Loved his song for his brother it was very touching!

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