It was a wet weekend for fans of Kat Perkins, but it was worth it for many.
By BRYCE MARTIN
About 2,800 fans of the Scranton native got to witness her energetic, powerhouse vocals live during her homecoming performance Aug. 22 in Medora. The next day, however, fans didn’t even make it to the gate for her second scheduled concert.
“Unseasonable” rain was named as the culprit when it came to Perkins’ second concert in Medora, as Medora representatives announced earlier that day that the concert would be postponed until Sept. 7. Fans quickly flocked to Facebook and Twitter to express their disappointment, but offered reassurance that they would support their hometown rocker any time, any place. Perkins’ first performance, however, was enough to entice and excite fans.
“The [Friday] concert was great,” said Mark Perkins, Kat’s father, who lives in Scranton. “It was almost overwhelming to see the outpouring of support for Kat. As parents, it’s hard to describe the feeling of seeing our daughter on a stage of that magnitude.” Mark said his daughter’s performance accomplished exactly what she set out to: To show the audience that she truly is a high-caliber performer.
“The crowd was so excited to see her,” said Stephanie Pretzer of Scranton, who attended the Friday concert with her family. Audio from Perkins’ time competing on NBC’s “The Voice” abruptly began to play for the crowd as she marched onto the stage, seemingly holding back tears. She was dressed in her traditional chic garb – a black, leather skirt, fishnet stockings and a black, studded top. Perkins stunned the cheering crowd as she began to belt out the tune, “Jolene.” That was followed, over the next 90 minutes or so, by a mix of fan-favorite songs from her performance on “The Voice,” including “Let It Go,” which she dedicated to the children in the crowd, “Gold Dust Woman,” “Landslide,” “Open Arms,” “Barracuda” and “Paris (Ooh La La).”
Her chilling cover of singer- songwriter Sia’s critically acclaimed “Chandelier” brought the audience to their feet, where they stayed for much of the eagerly awaited performance. Halfway through her setlist, Perkins showed her true rocker side as she emerged in a white, sleeveless top, which exposed her tattoos, and black skinny jeans. Then she crooned popular songs such as “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins, “Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall and “Someone Like You” by British pop sensation Adele.
That song, as Perkins explained, was what she sang in a YouTube video that got her invited to audition for “The Voice.” She sang her first single, “Fearless,” which became an instant hit with the crowd, as were a couple of original songs she also offered. “After one of her songs, a group of people yelled,
‘Welcome home, Kat!’ It was pretty cute,” Pretzer said. Perkins shared a bit with the audience about her journey on “The Voice,” then made it out to greet her fans and sold T-shirts, CDs and, quickly becoming the trademark for her fans, black cat ears.