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Friday, August 27, 2010

Band With Stupid Name Plays Show Tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 2:00 PM

We figured youd rather see a picture of Uncle Fester instead of another one of Elvis
  • We figured you'd rather see a picture of Uncle Fester instead of another one of Elvis

Longtime music-scene observers may remember the jazz-influenced, seven-piece band from Youngstown, I Don’t Care, who released one album back in the ’70s.

Damian Knapp, son of that band’s vocalist/trumpeter, the late Pete Knapp, has followed in his dad’s musical footsteps, forging a career as a blues-based singer/songwriter/guitarist over the past decade. He released three CDs under his own name: 2002’s Final Justice, 2003’s Hellhounds and Hot Foot Powder, and 2006’s Will You Cry When I Die?

Now his current ensemble, an electric blues trio called Fester Presley that plays what it calls “rust belt blues slide guitar boogie,” is releasing a CD called Decay in Our Cities. According to Knapp, “This new CD was recently recorded at Ampreon Studios in Youngstown, OH and features new original compositions, band selections, and a few solo acoustic numbers, with emphasis on my electric blues guitar playing.”

The band will debut the CD when it plays the River Rock concert series at the Warren Community Amphitheatre at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow with Armstrong Bearcat and Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute Vicious Cycle. Gates open at 5 p.m. —Anastasia Pantsios

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