Rock band lands at Old Town Pub for Sunday night show
When Old Town Pub & Restaurant owner Sean Regan received multiple requests to host music on Sunday, he was determined to make it happen, hosting Kendall Street Co., an alternative rock band based in Charlottesville, Va., an hour earlier.
“We’re going to give that first show a try so everyone can wrap up a fun weekend with some old music and come home and go to bed at a very reasonable time to get ready for Monday morning,” Regan said.
The group, which includes Louis Smith (acoustic guitar and vocals), Brian Roy (bass), Ryan Wood (drums), Bin Laderberg (electric guitar) and Jake Vanaman (saxophone and keyboards), met at the University of Virginie and toured in concert. in local bars to play at festivals and on stages across the country.
Their musical style incorporates elements of jam, folk, jazz, funk and psychedelic rock.
“We all listen to different music and are inspired by a lot of different things,” Smith said. “As a group, we’re not afraid to embrace each different style.”
Their latest release is a double album titled “The Year the Earth Stood Still: Inertia” and “The Year the Earth Stood Still: Ninurta”.
“The album we did before that was a lot of songwriting, and when the pandemic hit we wanted to step back and take more of a ‘let’s see what happens’ attitude,” Laderberg explained.
So they went to a rural farm studio in Louisa, Virginia, and spent five days improvising with no plans made in advance. Their imaginations were unleashed through sessions that lasted until the wee hours of the morning, and ultimately the recording took a mix of the thoughts, feelings and creativity of each band member over a year of uncertainty.
By the end of the five days, they had 17 separate songs, some instrumental and others with lyrics, that would make up their next albums.
Since 2013, the group has averaged over 100 shows per year and performed at festivals like Lockn ‘, Roosterwalk, Floydfest, Domefest and more. They opened for groups such as Pidgeons Playing Ping Pong, Moe., Umphrey’s McGee and Leftover Salmon. But it all stopped during the pandemic.
“We won’t take touring for granted,” Laderberg said. “It’s something that when it was taken out, we were left on our own. Now we’re back in this beautiful community, hearing people singing our songs, and that’s the best feeling.
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