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One Night at Bookers BBQ

Not sure who Anna Suave is, but this write up is just too good not to share…https://forum.calgarypuck.com/showthread.php?p=6157516

One rainy night, I went with the husband to Bookers. When I say it was raining, I’m drastically understating the situation. It was storming fit to break the sky. Massive claps of thunder. Daggers of lighting. Buckets of water dropping out of the sky.

Bookers, jammed to the rafters, and rocking hard. Black Cherry Perry was on stage that night – wailing away on the harmonica like his soul was on fire. Honestly, you’ve never heard a man play the harmonica that loud, or in such fits of bluesy passion.

It was like Twin Peaks inside of that joint.

In one corner, a blind man. Ostensibly on a blind date. Seeing eye dog sitting at his feet. Neatly pressed shirt. A single rose on the table in front of him. His lady friend has not yet joined him. I’m afraid to say it, but I’m pretty sure he got stood up that night.

In the centre of the room, a large and boisterous birthday party. Many happy women knocking back wine like it’s going out of style. Buckets of crab. Platters of ribs. They even had those bacon-martini things where they bring you a big slab of bacon with your gin. Balloons everywhere. Lots and lots of balloons.

And the midget. The mentally handicapped midget. The mentally handicapped midget wearing jodhpurs. The mentally handicapped, jodhpur-wearing midget who is pretending to film the interior with his imaginary 1930’s style hand-crank camera. Listlessly, though. It was like he put on the outfit, went out, and pretended to film people, but then discovered his heart wasn’t really in it for some reason. Say what you will about this man, he was an excellent mime. We could almost see his pretend-camera. He was that good. Suspension of disbelief was almost total.

Savage thunder-storm. Black Cherry Perry bringing down the house. Blind man on a blind date. Seeing eye dog pushed to the edge of reason. Shrieking d drunk women celebrating a birthday. Bacon everywhere. Sad looking Jodhpur-wearing midget with a pretend movie camera. Check.

Then the power went out. The room was plunged into pitch blackness. And all hell broke loose.

Black Cherry never missed a beat. When your name is Black Cherry Perry and you’ve got a snake-skin jacket AND a soul on fire, you need no microphone! He kept on wailing away in true artistic style. The seeing eye-dog, though, he lost his ####. He completely snapped and broke away from the blind-guy and leapt up onto the table with the drunken birthday women. The glowing red emergency lights clicked on just as the dog was in full leap. So here’s this big, beefy German shepherd, looking for all the world like a hell-hound with a job to do, growling, mouth open, leaping through the air toward a bunch of drunk women. Who naturally freak out and start screaming, waving their arms, knocking over chairs, and releasing a flight of birthday balloons into the air. None of which concerns the dog. He’s been cooped up in a hot, damp, noisy blues bar and taunted by the scent of ribs and bacon. He has one aim in mind and that’s to hoover back as many birthday appetizers as he can. So while the dog is chewing down the length of the table, snapping up ribs and bacon, the blind guy is calling frantically for his dog.

Or we think so. Because the noise. The noise! Black Cherry Perry is on a one-man mission to prove that you can cause permanent hearing damage without an amplifier. About a dozen women are screaming and crying, and no one, I mean no one, can hear what the blind man is yelling.

The scene was total chaos. Balloons. Harmonicas. Crying women. Seeing eye-dogs pushed well beyond the point of reason. There were crab-bits everywhere.

And in that glowing- red chaos, me and the midget shared a moment of understanding.

“Go!” I whispered to him. “This is YOUR moment!!”

And he charge-waddled off into the crowd energetically pretend-filming the frenzied scene with his pretend movie camera. Man, I sure hope he got all the shots.

It was quite the strangest night at a crab-shack I ever had.

Live Shows

Okotoks Music Festival – June 15

As part of the Okotoks Days Celebration and following the parade we will be perfoming at 3pm

Tribal Connection Market-Saturday June 15, 2019, Okotoks, AB

At this unique café, you’ll feel as though you have stepped out of southern Alberta and into another country! We’ll be performing at 8pm  41 McRae St. Okotoks, AB

https://tribalconnectionmarket.com/

Slocan City Trading Co. 501 Harold St, Slocan, BC V0G 2C0

We will be returning to the Slocan City Trading Co. in the heart of B.C.’s beautiful West Kootenay region, Friday June 28, 2019

https://slocancitytrading.com/

 

Penticton Ribfest – 2019 July long weekend!

Black Cherry Perry’s Mississippi Medicine Show will be returning to perform at the Penticton Ribfest during 2019 July long weekend! Rotary Ribfest will bring Okanagan Lake Park alive with a full weekend of fantastic family fun, featuring a rib cook-off between four champion barbecue teams from across Canada, music throughout the entire event, entertainment and activities for children and youth, as well as a beverage garden and loads of vendors.

http://www.pentictonribfest.com/

Airdrie Ribfest – Friday, August 9th

Airdrie Ribfest serving up the best in Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, Pulled Pork and featuring live music, craft beer social, kids fun zone, Ribber Olympics, feature foodies, and more. zone, Ribber Olympics, feature foodies, and more.

Midnapore Lake Music Festival – Saturday, August 31st

We will performing at beautiful Midnapore Lake on behalf of the
Midnapore Lake Residents Association

Without Papers Pizza Saturday November 2, 2019

Black Cherry Perry’s Mississippi Medicine Show will be performing at Without Papers Pizza. Pizza to the people. Made from scratch, and baked in a one of a kind, specialized pizza oven, in the heart of Inglewood. Enjoy Big Screen Fun viewing retro and classic videos. A friendly, fun restaurant serving fresh pizza creations daily.

YYC Music Awards

Black Cherry Perry’s Mississippi Medicine Show is proud to have been selected as nominees for the YYC Music Awards “People’s Choice” and “Blues Recording of the Year” categories. Check out the video on this page for a live version of “Big Momma’s Kitchen”, our Blues Recording submission. Thank you to all who took the time to vote for us.

https://yycmusicawards.com/categories/2018-yycma-nominees/