There’s a new band mixing things up at Wilebski’s Legendary Blues Saloon in St Paul on Monday nights. That band is Probable Cauze. They’re guilty as charged of captivating audiences with a set list containing traditional and contemporary rock and blues guaranteed to heat up the dance floor.
The band has gone through various changes, including a name change and several changes in lead vocals. However, Probable Cauze seems to have hit the right note with a new singer, Diane Spencer, joining Misty Blair on keys, Randy Newgren on lead guitar, Mark Fishbeck on bass, and drummer Louie Knippenberg.
“Our format has also changed from a pop rock band to a blues rock band,” explains Newgren.
Many blues rock bands focus on the heavy licks and jam through extended versions of familiar blues songs. While these guys have been known to stick with the familiar in their pop rock days, the band has evolved into a style that they can call their own. Probable Cauze are serious musicians who have relaxed fun on stage and play what they want, which is likely why they quickly grab audience attention.
Diane Spencer has a commanding stage presence and a great blues sound, reminiscent of Janis Joplin or Susan Tedeschi. In fact, she can belt out Susan Tedeschi's "Rock Me Right" with vocals as powerful as the original. She croons when it is asked of her, such as in Duffy’s “Mercy.”
The band shuffles around with blues, rock, and all in between. It is not uncommon to hear Probable Cauze break into Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle With You,” then drift into Junior Wells’ “Little By Little,” and then suddenly wow the audience with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Wizards in Winter.”
Diane Spencer and Randy Newgren are the entertainers in the band. In addition to Spencer’s onstage performance, Newgren hams it up with audiences using a nod, a pose, or a tumble in time with the music.
Still, maintaining an audience can be tough when committing to a weekly gig at one location.
“We’ve been writing new songs and working different songs into our repertoire. Now that we have Diane, we can teach her the songs,” says Newgren of the band’s goal to keep the set-list fresh.
“We also plan to book different bands to follow us each Monday night at Wilebski’s.”
Probable Cauze will anchor Monday nights, 7 to 10pm, at Wilebski’s. There is no cover for these shows. Wilebski’s new location is at 1638 Rice Street in St Paul. Call for more details at 651-331-0929.
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