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SMOKIN' POLECATS at Nick's Nightclub, Alexandria

  • Nick's Nightclub 642 South Pickett Street Alexandria, VA, 22304 United States (map)

9-11pm, $10

Are the Smokin' Polecats the best blues band in the DC metropolitan area? It's the years and depth of experience that Dave Sherman, Roger EdsallLeigh Oben, and Robbie Leebrick share that have afforded them that reputation. Their sound comes from the Post-World War II ensemble sound of the Chicago Masters like Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, and Howlin' Wolf; the West Coast Jump/Swing sound of Tiny Grimes, Pee Wee Crayton, and T-Bone Walker; the Rock'a'Billy sound of Carl Perkins and Johnny Burnette; and the Louisiana swamp blues of Slim Harpo. They don't just play songs by these artists, they have their own sound that consists of a melding together of all these sounds.