Having a brazen good time

‘Hussies,’ ‘Bad Boyz’ performing Saturday
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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By Loryll Nicolaisen Journal staff writer Call Rhonda Rogers a “brazen hussy” and she’ll take it as a compliment. “We’re strong people, and it’s a catchy name,” Rogers said, describing her band, the Brazen Hussies and the Bad Boyz. “It kind of shows the attitude of the band. We’re joking around, and we’re brazen about it. We goof off.” Rogers formed the band with fellow hussy and vocalist Jennifer Johnson and “bad boyz” Charlie Nickrenz, Ron Cook and Paul Whitney just a few months ago. The name came to Rogers after a recent wine-tasting excursion in the Shenandoah Valley. One of her stops was Bray Vineyards, which makes a BrayZin Hussy Red. The Auburn-based group’s next show is Saturday at the Club Car. They perform a little bit of everything, from blues to country to rock “and a lot of fun, joking-around songs,” Rogers said. The goal for every show, Rogers said, is to give the crowd a great experience . “There are some people who play and their personality doesn’t go beyond the edge of the stage, so we try to get out there,” she said. “I love interacting with the audience, I love seeing the smiles on their faces.” Johnson also gets a kick out of being on stage, and has a special place in her heart for blues music. “There’s so much meaning in every part of the music,” she said. “It moves within your soul.” Nickrenz, the group’s drummer, said everyone’s excited to perform at the Club Car. “It’s going to be a really good show,” Nickrenz said. “We’ll start off slow for a couple songs, while everybody’s eating dinner, but then we’ll get some people out on the dance floor to work off what they just ate.” Sarah Sanders-Nolivo, Club Car owner, said the excitement is mutual. “The name of any band is important because it creates an image or tone for what people expect to see,” she said. “I think ‘Brazen Hussies and the Bad Boyz’ is a great hook to pique the curiosity of most people. It implies a sense of humor and a good time. In contrast to simply playing music it conveys that there will be an actual performance, a show with personality and stage presence.”