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Rock cover band opens Wind Down Friday series

Rock cover band opens Wind Down Friday series

July 09, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

Lana Spence tried singing techniques promoted by voice teachers.

They took away the power in her voice.

She went to California for a few years to take a shot at the big time.

After experiencing some success, but finding the dog-eat-dog mentality too much, she returned home to the Tri-State area.

She's glad to be home and, no doubt, her fans are glad she returned.

Spence is the lead vocalist for Thique, a popular rock cover band that will open the summer Wind Down Fridays series at The Maryland Theatre this Friday.

The Circle of Friends, a group of volunteers who organize fundraising events for the downtown Hagers-town theater, started the series last year.

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Last year's concert series raised $12,000, which went toward the purchase of a digital soundboard for the theater, said Benito Vattelana, theater board secretary.

This year's series will raise money to help upgrade components in the theater's lighting system, Vattelana said.

The concerts are held on the courtyard in front of the theater. If it rains, the event moves indoors.

This year's series includes returning acts, like Stack O'Blues, Thique, and Rudy & the Bluefish, and newcomers such as Big Whiskey and The Cruisers.

Not that Thique is new to the area.

Spence and bass player-vocalist Keith Sylvester started Thique in 2004 as an acoustic band. After some member changes, the band now includes Danny Webber (guitar and vocals) and Lee McIntyre (drums).

The group is now an electric band that performs covers, some for which they create their own arrangement.

The covers are not your run-of-the-mill cover songs, though they do perform some top 40 hits, Spence said.

Thique often covers acts such as The Police, Live, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Presidents of the United States of America, Fleetwood Mac, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Tracy Chapman.

During her stay in California from 1998 to 2003, Spence sang with Janis Joplin's former band, Big Brother & the Holding Company.

Singing in front of thousands of people in big arenas was a cool experience. She also did voice-over work for commercials and sang demos for songwriters.

But it wasn't all great.

"I moved to California at a late age and when I got out there, I'll be frank with you, it kind of scared me," Spence said. "Back here (I'm in) a little pond, and when I got out there it was just amazingly, an amazing amount of talent everywhere.

"I guess after being there a while and seeing what was involved, I guess I just didn't have the energy to do it," said Spence, 47, who now lives in Falling Waters, W.Va.

Returning home was a good decision. Thique has developed a passionate fan base.

"We have a good time. We have good fans," Spence said.

In addition to playing in the Tri-State area, Thique recently returned from its second gig in Germany, a wedding. Spence said the band expects to return to Germany in September 2010 to perform in a music festival.

And Spence and Sylvester are starting another group, with guitarist Al Mason and drummer Mike Brady, to perform original music. That group is expected to start gigs in early 2010.




If you go ...



WHAT: Thique performs the opening concert at Wind Down Friday

WHEN: Doors open at 5 p.m. Entertainment from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: In front of The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown

COST: $5 at the door; $2 for ages 12 and younger

CONTACT: For more information, go to www.winddownfriday.com or call 301-790-2000.

MORE: Munchies and a cash bar will be available. To learn more about Thique, go to http://thique.tripod.com .




Wind Down Friday series schedule



July 10 - Thique

July 17 - Stack O'Blues

July 24 - Adam Taylor

July 31 - Prophets of the Abstract Truth

Aug. 7 - Staff Infection

Aug. 14 - Big Whiskey

Aug. 21 - Prophets of Abstract Truth

Aug. 28 - Rudy & The Bluefish

Sept. 4 - The Dahbura Band

Sept. 11 - Rhythm Kings

Sept. 18 - The Cruisers

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