I’ve performed all over the East Coast, jammed with musicians in Australia and Amsterdam, and played headlining shows at Baltimore’s Rams Head Live. But, there’s nothing quite like coming home.
Monday night, I couldn’t be more at home. I’ll be taking the stage at Franklin High School with five other musicians who graduated from the school. We’ll be playing songs from three of our musical projects: The Skakabobs (which started while we were all still students at Franklin), The Rez and At The Zoo.
Joining me on stage will be Harrison Brazier on vocals, guitar and trombone, Carson Korman on bass, Dave Cavalier on drums, Tyler Wheeler on saxophone and guitar and Adam Schuman on trumpet.
The Baltimore County Teachers Band, which includes Franklin music teachers Brian Frazier, Tim Brown and John Yadush, opens the show at 7 p.m. Frazier tells me they’ve got quite a lineup with a few tricks up their sleeve. Members of this band will join us on stage after our set for giant blues jam. The show costs $2 and benefits Franklin and its music department.
I’ll give you some background on the bands. The Skakabobs, which I was not a member of, were formed in high school and had quite a following, often packing shows at the Recher Theatre in Towson. All five of the other alumni performing on Monday were members of The SKBs, as we called them for short.
In 2006, I was asked to play lead guitar in The Rez, a side project of The SKBs more based in rock music, with Carson, Harrison and Dave. The band is still active to this day; The SKBs are not. At The Zoo, which included Tyler and Adam, was an eclectic rock band that played songs written by Tyler.
Monday night, we’ll be performing songs from each of the bands, with an emphasis on The Skakabobs, which was always a Franklin High favorite. Come out and support music in schools and see what your Patch editor does when he’s not bringing you the news!