- Last Updated on 08:10 AM 08/08/12
- BY Special to the Gazette
Snow in August in South Boston? Unlikely?
One would have to agree it would take an improbable cause to create that effect. Yet, that is what will be happening at Constitution Square Friday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m.
Local band Improbable Cause will be playing from 8 until 11:30 p.m. with gates opening at 7:30 p.m., featuring young guitarist and vocalist Adam Snow who will be providing an array of music from their eclectic repertoire.
Music and beverages for the entire family will be available along with cheeseburgers, hot dogs, French fries and nachos.
Advance tickets are $7, gate tickets are $9, and children 10 and under get in free with an adult.
Advance tickets are available at Café Peroni, True Value Hardware, Main Street Office, McCollum-Ferrell Shoes, Heritage House Home Furnishings, Avon and the Visitor Center.
Playing together publicly for about a year, this group was formed by drummer/vocalist Bill Watson who was introduced to Snow at a local venue.
“I had been asked to sit in on the drums, and I look up and see this tall kid walk in with a fender guitar and amp. He was only 15 years old then, but when he cranked it up, he played well beyond his years.”
Watson had played the drums in high school and college in the Farmville area in garage bands of fair renown such as “Three Dog Squat” and “Bill and the Fender Benders.”
“I grew up in the late 60s and 70s, and our groups played songs from (Room; Jim Hendrix; Allman Brothers; Marshall Tucker; Troffin; etc.) When Adam cranked up “Pride and Joy” I picked it up, and we hit it off from the beginning. I formed the band primarily to expose Adam’s many talents to the public.”
The band also includes Ronnie Snow, Adams father, who is an accomplished musician/vocalist in his own right. Ronnie is a self-taught guitarist, as is his son who played in main stream country bands such as “New Country” and “Stone Country.”
“When Bill decided to form the band, I came out of retirement,” said Ronnie.
Ronnie has a splendid tense voice highlighted in songs such as “Farewell Party,” “When did you stop loving me” and “Simple Man.” Ronnie’s music, he said, was influenced to a large extent by Conway Twitty.
Bassist and vocalist Jerry Lovelace has been involved in music all of his adult life.
After finishing college and moving back to Halifax, Jerry played with Bluegrass Bands such as “The Spencer Hill Band.” His prior experience is mainly in acoustic blue grass music. He has been instrumental in converting some blue grass music to a format used by the band and also provides lead vocals on songs such as “Mess of Blues” and “Ramblin Fever.”
Adam started playing guitar at 13 years of age, encouraged by Ronnie, and started with mainline country music and moved on to country rock and blues.
While a fantastic guitar player, Adam sings lead vocals on numerous numbers such as “Blue on Black”, “Pride and Joy” and “Wonderful Tonight.” Adam’s musical influences are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepard and Jeff Healey.
The upshot of this unusual paring of musicians is a blend of Rock and Roll, Classic Rock, Pure Country, Blue Grass, Blues as well as contemporary music.
One of the nicest compliments the quartet recently received was after playing at a private party. A guest came up and commented how unusual it was for just four people to play so many different types of music and create so many different sounds.
“You actually sound like four different groups.”
• Advance tickets are $7, gate tickets are $9, and children 10 and under get in free with an adult.
• Advance tickets are available at Café Peroni, True Value Hardware, Main Street Office, McCollum-Ferrell Shoes, Heritage House Home Furnishings, Avon and the Visitor Center.