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A full-blown boogie

Kick out your holiday jams and get ready to dance. The Rogue Suspects are bringing funk, classic rock and R&B to a nightclub near you this weekend. "We've adopted the term 'Guitarmageddon' for our music — after the annual competition for slashin' guitar players held in Los Angeles," says Greg Frederick, bassist for the Rogue Suspects.

Along with Frederick, the group includes Dirk Price on guitars, Dave Bolen on drums and Dean Angermier on keys. Guitarist Jeff Pevar will be joining the group this weekend.

The Suspects will play at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Roscoe's BBQ, 117 S. Main St., Phoenix.

"It'll be a full-blown boogie," Frederick says. "Jeff always brings a rock 'n' roll edge to the playing, and we'll probably turn the spotlight on Dean because this is his last gig with us for awhile. He's taking a break from the band."

Roscoe's is a new club that has moved into Hog Heaven's old location in Phoenix. The owners have turned the venue around to include a long bar and a large dance floor, Frederick says.

"One of the reason's we're playing there is because we like the food," he says. "The barbecue platter is incredible — a vegetarian's nightmare."

The members of the Suspects are wrapping up a new, yet unnamed live album that includes performances made earlier this year at venues such as the Battle of the Bones, held at Emigrant Lake, and the Jefferson State Pub.

"And we're working on some new tunes by Dirk," Frederick says. "Soon we'll be working in the studio again." The Suspects have about 30 albums to their credit.

Pevar has worked as a professional musician since the 1980s, touring and recording with artists such as Rickie Lee Jones, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, Marc Cohn and Phil Lesh. He was a member of CPR, a band featuring David Crosby and James Raymond — Crosby's son. Pevar settled in the Rogue Valley about two years ago.

Cover for the show at Roscoe's is free. Call 512-1046.

The Rogue Suspects, left to right with guitars, Jeff Pevar, Greg Frederick, Dirk Price, and in back Dean Angermeier and Dave Bolen. - Bob Pennell