The Speedbumps to perform holiday concert Friday in Kent

By Kelly Maile | Staff Writer Published:

Local favorites the Speedbumps will boast warm acoustics, soft melodies and bubbly vocals at their fourth annual holiday concert at the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., in Kent at 8 p.m. Friday.

The holiday concert is an opportunity for local friends and family to come together and enjoy a great night of music and fun.

"This show is something we do religiously every year," said Erik Urycki, the Speedbumbps lead vocalist and guitarist. "We travel a lot, so we don't always play in Kent even though that's where we're from. We try to do a small holiday concert every year with our family and friends. It's our home show."

Every year, the band, lead vocalist Erik Urycki, cellist Sam Kristoff, electric bassist Kevin Martinez and drummer and percussionist Pat Hawkins, features new music and special guests at the concert.

"Our cellist's dad and our bassist's dad will be playing a couple of songs with us," Urycki said. "It will truly be a family affair. Also, our old bass player, who lives in Colorado, is in town and he's going to sit in on the Ukulele and some musicians who helped us with our first album will be opening the concert with a trumpet number. We don't usually do things like this, at least in this quantity, but we always try to do something different for this show."

The Speedbumps will be playing songs off their albums "Apple Tree" and "The Moon is Down."

"We'll be playing all of our original songs," Urycki said. "We will also perform some new songs that we are working on for out next album. It will be a good variety of music for everyone."

The Speedbumps take pride in their originality on stage.

"Our music is different," Urycki said. "You can't just define us as a rock band or a folk band. It's a mixture of everything and I think that's why people enjoy us so much."

Urycki said he looks forward to playing the holiday concert every year.

"It's my favorite show," Urycki said. "We've got to play a lot of amazing shows at some really cool places, but there's nothing like home. It will probably be one of our best performances of the year."

Tom Simpson, co-owner of the Kent Stage, said the Speedbumbps holiday concert is a tradition in Kent.

"This is the fourth year we've had them back," Simpson said. "After two years, it's a tradition. They are definitely one of my favorite local bands."

Simpson said the Speedbumps music always brings the community together.

"Any time they play here, it brings people together here in Kent," Simpson said. "Everyone always has a great time. There's something peaceful about their instrumentation, with the combination of the guitar, the cello and the percussion. It makes for an exceptional performance."

The Holiday Concert will open with an acoustic set by another local favorite, Randy Horvath.

The concert is for ages 18 and over. Tickets are $7 at the door. From more information, call 330-677-5005 or visit online at www.thekentstage.com.

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