Nicky P and Friends Rock Milkboy a Second Time

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If there’s one thing I learned from my first Nicky P show back in July, it’s that you’re bound to have a great time.

There was a chill in the air on Saturday night and my friends and I were ready for comfort food, drinks, and live music at Milkboy.

I brought they’d really enjoy Nicky P.  After hearing his act in the summer, I had to spread the love.

The J.P. Bailey Trio opened the show like before, this time going on first. They were followed by Dawn Chasers, which featured Tim Straughter from the last show too. Dawn Chasers has been around for a few years now and has a cool, soulful feel. They had the crowd dancing within seconds of taking the stage.

Then it was time for Nicky P. His band had a slightly different setup this time, now featuring a giant upright bass played by Christopher Davis Shannon, drums by Dean Gorfti, and Steve Harman on lead guitar.

He started off with his song, “Gotta Hold On,” a tune with a lot of soul and a fantastic hook. What was immediately apparent was the chemistry onstage between Nicky P and his band. He was strong on his own as a vocalist and guitar player but the extra accompaniment really completed the music moment. They were having a great time on stage and the energy spread to the audience.

Next, he played a tune he premiered at the last show, “Let’s Start Tonight.” When he played it back in July, he admitted it was brand new. Flash forward to Saturday and the song was tight as ever performed with skill, confidence, and gusto.  Aside from “Special Friend,” this is probably my favorite Nicky P song. (You can check out “Special Friend” here.)

Aside from a solid collection of Jack Johnson styled original songs, Nicky P also performed a few covers that night including Ginuwine’s “Pony” and Will Smith’s, “Fresh Prince of Belair.” His versions of these traditionally R&B tunes had a unique, rootsy twist.

After attending my second Nicky P show, I’m hoping he takes his performing even further. I could totally see him opening up for Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz next time they’re coming through town. Promoters, if you’re reading this, think about it! He’d be great.

You can check out some of his music below and be sure to like his Facebook page for all the latest info.

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