Bands ready to perform
Performers like to draw a crowd.
And judging from the murmurs around town the two Midwest-based blues bands slotted to perform Friday at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn and Suites will be pleased.
“It’s going to be a big one,” said Bob Wood, president of the Lizard Creek Blues Society. “We are getting calls from people in four or five other states who are coming in to see the show. Interest is coming in from all over Iowa, too.”
Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the music beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. They can be purchased at CS Bank, Access Audio, Rieman Music, Olde Boston’s and both the Fort Dodge and Humboldt Hy-Vee stores.
The showbill generating so much interest will be headlined by the band Trampled Under Foot (TUF), a Kansas City, Mo., group featuring siblings Danielle Schnebelen, lead vocals and bass, and Nick Schnebelen, guitar and vocals.
Joining them are Jan Faircloth on drums and Michael “Shinetop” Sedovic on keyboards. Together, they create a sound that has been described as a sharp, sophisticated blues-rock style.
In 2013, TUF released the album “Badlands” which has been well-received by critics as well as ranking high on the charts. In addition, the group will join George Thorogood & The Destroyers in Canada for a series of concert dates in May.
TUF’s opening act for the local show will be Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders, a Minneapolis, Minn.,-based trio fronted by Alex “Crankshaft” Larson. Larson is a man known for his eclectic and unusual musical combinations in which he fuses the traditions of blues, country, swing, and rock-n-roll. In fact, he often performs as a one-man band, playing a drum machine with his feet, strumming his guitar and singing his unusual mishmashes.
Among Larson’s more recent accomplishments are being selected as a semi-finalist at the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tenn., in 2013, and having two of his songs featured on National Public Radio’s show “Car Talk” in 2012. Additionally, Larson has opened for artists that include Brett Michaels, Soul Asylum and Charlie Musselwhite.