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Kepi Ghoulie, Dog Party, PETS-The Show

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Take five people, make three bands, use one drummer and all be from Sacramento and you’ve got “Kepi Ghoulie”, “Dog Party” and “PETS”.

Friday night fresh into town from Montana the groups stopped by “Wally’s House Of Booze” on their way to Seattle. They had an open night, and a Friday night at that, so they stopped by to play a little music.

The busiest person for the evening was “Lucy”…..

….you’ll find out why by the end of the article.

With no locals playing, “PETS” started the night.

“PETS”, formed in 2003, is Allison Jones on guitar and vocals and Derek Fieth on bass and vocals. Usually they’re a duet but on tour they used back up performers Lucy Giles on drums and vocals, Gwendolyn Giles on tambourine and vocals and Kepi Ghoulie on percussion

They started their set with “Dumpster Diving” which is off of their latest cd “Get Turned On” and ended with “Maniac Head”. Their live sound is a bit different than their recorded sound as on the recordings they tend to use more effects where live the sound is much more raw rock and roll. Both ways sound good.



Next up was “Dog Party”.

Formed in 2007, “Dog Party” is made up of sisters Gwendolyn (guitar and vocals) and Lucy (drums and vocals) Giles. What’s more amazing is Gwendolyn is 18 while Lucy is only 16. They had to wait for school summer vacation before they could start this tour.

They played many songs off of their latest cd “Lost Control” including the following “The World Is Not A Game”.



I’d been wanting to see them live ever since I got their cd last year. They did not disappoint.

Then the man of the hour “Kepi Ghoulie”.

Kepi’s been doing this for some 30 years and has played with numerous people. Tonights band featured, Kepi on vocals and bass, Derek and Allison from “PETS” on percussion and balloons, and from “Dog Party”, Gwendolyn on guitar and vocals and, once again on drums and vocals, Lucy Giles. She uses the same kit, just changes the bass head.

He started the show with favorites “Hey Kepi Let’s Go” into “Let’s Do It Again” and out came the balloons…..



…..did a couple acoustical numbers…..



….and did a few that I wasn’t familiar with.



For me this was one of my favorite shows. I got to see an old favorite for a second time, got to see one I’ve been wanting to see for the first time then got to see a new one I wasn’t familiar with but now I am and their a new favorite (and thanks for the beer Derek).

I was a bit surprise to the low turn out but I appreciate that Kepi performed as though there were thousands in attendance.

I got a chance to talk with Kepi prier to the show and was glad to meet a friendly, down to earth guy who truly loves what he does and is a genuine person. I for one appreciate him taking a chance on our little venue and giving us one hell of a good time show. I surely hope he will return someday.

As for Kepi, he and “Dog Party” are off to Europe on Wednesday. Hope they have one killer of a great time.

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