Local bands The Mad Caps and Dude City showed the crowd at BLVD Social Club — Thursdays Live at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas that the city has no shortage of local talent on Thursday night. Dude City rocked the crowd with numbers including “Vampire Boy,” “Railroad Pass” and “Nuclear Fusion.” The Mad Caps then introduced the audience to hybrid grunge-blues tracks such as “Rosie and the Wolf Man,” “Baby Man” and “Tube Top.”
Dude City has come a long way since their debut self-titled album recorded in the winter of 2008. With a new album, Leavin’, cross-country gigs and changes to the band’s original lineup, Dude City is churning out the rock and roll love like never before. Backed by Devil’s Tower Records, this quartet of three men and one Bulgarian woman have found a refined, dynamic and character-driven way to convey music that some of today’s mainstream artists have not yet mastered.
The Mad Caps bring a stripped-down, revved-up brand of bluesy rock and roll with an appeal crossing many generational and musical barriers. Due to singer/guitarist Ted Rader’s powerful vocals and raunchy fret-work, and drummer Jon Real’s infectious, dance-worthy grooving, The Mad Caps offer a little something for everyone. They were voted “Best Original Local Rock Band” by the staff of the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2012.
Next up at BLVD Social Club — Thursdays Live is Little Hurricane on Thursday, Sept. 6, and The Hives on Thursday, Sept. 13.
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