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As local favorites the Numbers Band begin to wrap up their last show of the year, the experimental rock band will deliver an improvised performance of their hit songs at the Water Street Tavern, 132 S. Water St., in Kent from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.
"It's not the same every time we play," said Robert Kidney, the lead vocalist and guitarist of 15-60-75, the Numbers Band. "That's the main comment I get from people when they come to see us. We play the same songs, but they always sound a little different from the last time you heard them. There's a lot of improvisation going on."
Kidney said he enjoys the freedom of playing live performances.
"I enjoy the freedom of being able to do with my music what I care to do," he said. "The reason the band is still here and we're popular is because the people allow that freedom. They are not coming out and expecting us to be the latest trend or something they want to hear from the radio. They know what we're all about."
The band, lead vocalist Robert Kidney, saxophonist Terry Hynde, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde's brother, and guitarist Jack Kidney, plays various music styles from edgy rock and roll to blues and jazz.
"The music we do is dramatic," Kidney said. "It's not party music. The lyric of the music is more important than anything else. It's all about the meaning in the lyric. The music is powerful and very abstract. You're not going to hear music like this from anyone else."
Kidney said his approach to music is similar to bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
"When those two bands came out there was a change from what had come before," Kidney said. "Everything up to that point sounded the same and then those bands came out with a whole new style. I admire the courage and ability to do something new because that's what I'm attempting to do. My music is singular to me, whether people like it or not, it belongs to me."
During their performances, the band shares intimate, emotional connections with their audiences.
"I don't think there's a lot of other bands that deal with that. I hope the audience is moved emotionally, that our music is thought provoking and it also makes them laugh," Kidney said.
The Water Street Tavern is one of his favorite bars to perform live, he said, because it allows him to create memorable moments with his loyal fans.
"It's a very close, very intimate club," Kidney said. "I think it's important to acknowledge the 42 years we've been in business is mainly because of the people that come to see us. We owe a debt to them."
Robert Finch, the manager of Water Street Tavern, said the Numbers Band has been performing at the bar regularly for over four years.
"They have longevity on their side," Finch said. "A lot of people have become pretty close to them and they've been able to hold on to that kind of crowd with their performances."
When the Numbers Band performs, Finch expects a full house.
"Everyone enjoys their music," Finch said. "As usual, we'll probably only have standing room. It's great night to come out and enjoy live music. Part of Kent's history is the background of live music and the Numbers Band definitely carries on that tradition."
The show is free of charge. For more information, call 330-677-0700 or visit online at www.waterstreettavern.com
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