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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Clearview Band

Thursday Night Concert Series
Eric Stein Stage-Oakdale Park
Salina, KS

Salina, KS and Surrounding Communities
© Lydia Lowe 6/21/2012

 The Clearview Band . . .as the band began to play, I noticed the bright rose pink bass guitar and wondered, where in the world you find something like this?  It truly dominated the stage.  I wondered why a guy would feel a particular fondness for a bright rose pink bass.  As fans of the band can tell by now, I was unfamiliar with who would be playing this bass.  Little did I know that this little powerhouse of a woman would be playing that bass and pounding out licks that bass never thought it could produce. 

     The band started out their set with a cover tune, "They Call Me the Breeze".  While it remained true to its overall tune and lyrics, The Clearview Band had changed up the tune.  They did this on every cover tune they played.  It was familiar but different.  Suddenly I knew this was no ordinary cover band.

     Each member of the band had a chance to sing vocals and I thought each one did a fantastic job of making the songs they sang, they're own.  I especially liked Rockin' Robin's take on "House of the Rising Sun".    Other songs that I really enjoyed were: "Sweet Home Alabama", "Maybe I", and what the band termed, a car song, "Mustang Sally".  I liked the band's take on "Stop, Hey What's That Sound" by Buffalo Springfield and they did several of this bands tunes.

     Not only did The Clearview Band sing cover tunes across all genre's: rock, country, and blues, to name a few, but they also did a variety of their own tunes.  This is not your typical cover band.  If you get the chance to see them, make sure you go check out that bright rose pink bass as well as Rockin' Robin, Kevin Bayes (drums/vocals), Ken England (guitar/vocals), and Lightning Ike (guitar/vocals). 

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