Dickie (Dick Prall) and Benjamin Cartel
DICKIE is three random customers, unfamiliar with one another, wandering around Kum & Go at 2 o’clock in the morning. Each soaked in bourbon, simultaneously dumping their favorite late night snacks onto the counter in unabashed overindulgent pride. They eye each stranger’s spoils with an appreciative gaze, exchange polite nods as they settle up, and part their separate ways with a stumbling sense of camaraderie.
DICKIE is violinist Kristina Priceman, drummer/percussionist Colin Campbell, and songwriter/guitarist Dick Prall.
“There’s something to be said for music that just makes you feel good. In a world where bands are constantly striving for inclusion in the “edgy” category, the Benjamin Cartel (which is both the band’s name and that of its singer, who uses a similar strategy for his other band, Kaiser Cartel) stands out as a testament to the effectiveness of catchy hooks, well-played guitar and spirited compositions. Cartel’s vocals demonstrate great nuance, oscillating between clear and lyrical musings to rougher grumbles. While the comparisons to Tom Petty and the Cure certainly are apt, this shouldn’t suggest the Benjamin Cartel are copycats. They take those big, mid-tempo beats and mix in alt and southern sounds. Even at their most emotional, the Benjamin Cartel just make you want to smile.”
— Mitch Montoya
All Ages. $10 at door. Doors at 7:00 p.m. Show at 8:00 p.m.