Archive for Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BLHS duo to take stage at WyCo Fair

July 21, 2015

The Wyandotte County Fair will have a little bit of a Basehor-Linwood flair on Wednesday.

Through a strange set of circumstances, two Basehor-Linwood High School students Adam Crouse and Tyler Miller are set to perform at 7 p.m. in the Free Stage Tent. What was once planned as a “High School Battle of the Bands” now is a solo show for the duo, who weren’t even officially a band previously.

“We just kind of messed around a lot at our house in the basement,” Crouse laughs.

Both play in the three BLHS school bands, marching, jazz and concert. Crouse was recruited to play by his aunt, Amy Crouse, who is on the Wyandotte County Fair organization committee. In the past has played his guitar with another friend on vocals as The Treble Kids.

But when his fellow Treble Kid couldn’t attend, Adam Crouse recruited Miller, who plans to play the drums to back up Crouse’s guitar and vocals.

“We’re just calling ourselves The Unknown, because we don’t know what we are,” Crouse said.

When several other high school bands that had agreed to participate in the planned “battle” backed out about two weeks before the fair, Crouse and Miller became the main act.

Crouse said the situation is a bit intimidating.

“We had a month to get this together, him and I, and practice,” he said. “So it’s been a really stressful past month to find times when we get together and practice. It took us a week just to put together our set list. It’s harder than band, where we are told what to play.”

The plan is to play 10 cover songs from a wide variety of bands — all will be acoustic but the last, which Crouse said will be a mishmash of songs.

“Just to kind of show what we usually do,” Crouse said.

So has the fair inspired the duo to continue? Crouse said he wasn’t sure.

“I actually had that talk with (Miller) yesterday when we went to check out the stage,” Crouse said. “He was like, this was originally supposed to be a one-time thing … But we both kind of feel like, in any of the things we’ve ever done would become a band, this might be it. I don’t want to say it’s never going to happen again, we just don’t plan on it happening again.”

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