Hopeless JackThe primal sounds of Hopeless Jack initially seemed a bit out of place at The Saint with its hip decor, exposed brick, and older patronage. In fact, during Hopeless Jack original “The Deal” a few members of the audience looked genuinely frightened by the duo’s intense delivery and performance. But as the night wore on, the bluesy two-piece from Reno ingratiated themselves to the growing crowd and won them over with their heavy take on classic Delta blues. Having just come off a monthlong European tour where the band played “28 shows in 26 days,” drummer Spencer York and singer/guitarist Jack Beisel were in sync and confident as they worked through a 45-minute set filled with greasy slide playing and growling vocals. The set’s highpoint was a song called “Firefly” from the band’s 2013 release “Don’t Waste Your Time No Money Here” that encapsulated everything there is to love about the band; pounding drums, no-nonsense guitar and high-octane performance.
The SaintThe sound, run by house soundman Dustin “Dusty Bones” Nevis and guest engineer Todd Rold, was impeccable and continues to be one of the high points of the establishment. The great turnout and pleasant atmosphere last night furthered The Saint’s reputation as “the Brew Brothers of Midtown” — high praise coming from some Renoites.
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