"Wow." That was the first word out of my mouth as The Ragadors began their set last Saturday night, the 21st of November, at Baba Louie's in De Pere.
Going on after a less than mediocre opening act, my expectations weren't set too high for the Milwaukee based quartet but seconds into their first song my toe started tapping as if possessed and it did not stop until The Ragadors said farewell.
I know a majority of the crowd was there to see The Championship, but in my mind those in attendance were lucky to witness such a performance as was put on by The Ragadors who were added to the lineup last minute due to a cancellation by A Night in the Box.
The Ragadors bring rock and roll back to a time and place where musicianship and passion ruled over experimentation and auto tune. They epitomize the blue collar blues of past generations with a raw sense of emotion that has become scarce in this day and era.
In my opinion they should have been the headliner for the show that night but that honor was given to The Championship who I thought was a solid band, but nothing extraordinary. However they have been around the area for some time before the relatively unknown Ragadors and thus they draw a bigger crowd.
This being said, I am fully confident that with increased exposure the boys of The Ragadors are capable of headlining any venue in the greater Green Bay area and will be making waves in no time. They are a must see band and I will definitely be keeping my eye on them.