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Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, The Woggles
Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St, Cincinnati, OH
8pm show, 18+, Buy Tickets
There’s no harder hitter than frontman Barrence Whitfield of Boston, MA. When he hits the boards with the Savages, you’re either gonna ride the energy or be crushed by it. We’re talking Joe Louis, Howlin’ Wolf, Wilson Pickett, Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Barrence has what these greats all possessed, the one thing a trainer cannot teach a fighter: a lust for mayhem. The wilder, louder, more insane the Savages bring it, the more BW is ready to attack the mic, to bring it high, to bring it low, to wear you down on the ropes, and eventually drop you.
Backing Whitfield are the best cornermen in the business, led by garage/punk guitarist Peter Greenberg, the visionary who started the Savages after a legendary stint with DMZ, the Customs and Lyres. Greenberg works his guitar with the ruthless intricacy of a chain saw ice sculptor. The Cincinnati rhythm section of Andy Jody and Kane Kitchen provide for an unrelenting sequence of pummeling haymaker beats. Tom Quartulli’s saxophone rips like a foghorn through the mist.