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Jammin's with The Truth

Last month we got a call from Wilkat’s in Florence. Opened in June, this Florence band bar features a few band names not seen to CV prior, they wanted to know if they could get on CV’s site to promote the shows and aside from saying “Hell Yeah” I investigated the little known (to me) band names further. One name was “The Truth”. Always interested in diggin’ up new dope on who’s who in the area live music scene, a trip to Wilkat’s was in order.
Pulling in to Wilkat’s, the lot was a traffic jam. Worming around the building, I found a somewhat legal place to park. Having little other options, the Audi had to be planted firmly in front of the dumpster. If the garbage truck came during my visit, I’d be in some sh!t. My bet was, they would not, so I took the last remaining “space” to be found, although the mostly empty Waffle House lot next door was tempting. I wasn’t too worried, I’d know in a couple songs if this band was worth a damn or not anyway, if they sucked I’d be on my way.

Walking in I was immediately met by a door man who was steadily shaking his head “no”. No? What the hell is that supposed to mean? I asked. “We’re at capacity, I can’t let you in.” he replied. After a brief delay I was in and scanning the sea of people to find the best route to the “stage”. In fact, Wilkat’s has no stage. But judging by the direction the crowd was facing, you could tell something interesting was going on along the back wall.
Squeezing through camera in hand, I made my way to the front. It didn’t take long to see what all the fuss was about. Four musicians were working up a sweat jammin’ righteously to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”. The crowd was glued. Some were drooling. Why? I’d say lead singer Niki Howard would be the safe bet. Niki’s short dress stuck to her skin like spray paint. Her athletic tanned legs were swaying her hips (and more). But Niki’s sexy attributes weren’t what I needed to be impressed with, It was the sounds coming from her lips that I was tuning in to. Ol’ Steve Perry himself would have been proud too.

The Truth went on to keep the crowd cheering with cover tunes. Niki sounds radio ready covering such bands as The Go Go’s, Blondie, Joan Jett, Benatar, Heart, Journey, Pink, Katy Perry, Elvis Costello, Lady Gaga, Kesha and Kelly Clarkson. The other Truth members aren’t afraid to take the main mic either. Joe Matracia (guitars/vocals), Rick Stacy (bass/vocals), Tony Dennis (drums/vocals) sing loud & proud covering Korn, Buckcherry, Marilyn Manson or Kiss. The set list is littered with variety. Loud & proud they are and the energy is so high the band often plays straight through a three hour show with no breaks! If they do break it’s short, no hour long breaks like The Menus mysteriously seem to do. That’s a sign of a hard working-crowd pleasing band.
All The Truth’s members are seasoned pros. Having backgrounds and experience with years of original work pays off when your playing covers. Their professionalism shines through to the trained eye (assuming you can keep your eyes off their sexy singer). It’s a solid show.



The Truth band’s current line-up has been around for about three years now. You can check the band out thoroughly (and Niki too) in and around the Cincy area, especially in NKY where the band’s home base is. One thing’s for certain, if you’re in their home turf don’t wait until 11:30 to get there like I did, unless your getting dropped off. Parking will be scarce. Towards the end of my stay, the band announced cars were being towed from the Waffle House (good thing I had second thoughts on trying that myself). I really dug The Truth but no band is worth fetching my car out of hock on a cold winter night.

 

 

 

 

 

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