Soul Patch is a legendary Kamloops band whose career included the 2001 album “Believe in Love.” They more less disbanded, since then. But, last night they returned and brought their reggae laced and soul infused show to the Blue Grotto. It was epic. You knew something was up when the audience started to show up earlier than usual. This version of Soul Patch is comprised of Jon Treichel on guitar and vocals, Kira Haug on lead vocals, Richard Graham on drums and vocals, Neil Brun on bass and special guest Kris Ruston on keyboard and vocals. They are a “who’s who” of Kamloops rock talent. This night they showed that they can broaden their horizons. With the dance floor filling from the downbeat, they played Stand By Me and Ruston provided a great organ solo, to keep the dancers moving. Soon after, Jon Treichel brought to mind the late Jimi Hendrix with a fiery version of The Wind Cries Mary.
They aren’t called Soul Patch for nothing as they tapped into the Motown catalogue for tunes which included Marvin Gay’s Sexual Healing, The Temptations Poppa Was a Rolling Stone, and the James Brown classic I Feel Good. Neil Brun’s bass rang out beautifully in these tunes. The talented, Kira Haug, danced and sang her heart out, to thunderous applause from the audience. The reggae songs consisted of Bob Marley’s Everything’s Gonna Be Alright aka Three Little Birds, No Woman No Cry and I Shot the Sheriff.
They also included a wonderful extended Latin song called Havana. Richard Graham, got to show off his great drumming, consisting of cool, reggae licks and also provided vocals in some of these songs.
Old friends of the band and new converts keep the Grotto jumping all night. Soul Patch will perform again, tonight, at the Grotto. Doors open at 8 PM and their is a five dollar cover charge.