Detour teams with ACS for fund-raising concert

By John Bernhardt
They’ll be rocking the house again at Andes Central School. The school, which first gained musical notoriety by hosting a Hoobastank rock concert several years ago, will feature a second rock concert event. Detour, a local rock band with a legion of Delaware County fans, will be making a Detour 2 Andes on May 29 staging a three-hour concert event.
The event promises to be a unique concert experience featuring three numbers that bring together the musical talents of the local rock group along with the ACS senior high band.
“This is pretty much a community concert. Our ACS band is running the entire show and will be playing with Detour,” explained Andes band director Tamara Snyder. “It’s our way of giving back to a community who offers tremendous support to our school. It’s a free event.”
The concert will highlight a healthy dose of classic rock, Detour’s trademark sound. The band’s repertoire also includes some country and punk rock tunes. The music will have a more jazz like sound when Detour and the ACS bands join forces to play “Soul Man”, “Picking Up the Pieces” and “Hold On I’m Coming.”
To prepare for this unique musical event, Detour has been going back to class, visiting ACS for joint jam sessions with the school band. The two bands will have rehearsed together four times by the kick-off time at 7 p.m. on Friday night, May 29.
Several faces from Delaware County communities make up Detour. Jeff Knapp, the band’s drummer, and Jody Condan, the lead guitar player, hail from Andes. Sean Kearns, who plays keyboard, harmonica and mandolin, hails for Andes. Roxbury’s Carl Tucker adds bass guitar and saxophone to the Detour sound. The vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Adam Johnson, calls Pine Hill his home.
“We plan on making this an audience participatory event,” Snyder laughed. The ACS band will encourage and lead group dances and dance contests with prizes awarded to the winners.
Donations will be accepted at the door supporting Kerry McCracken, the Andes teacher who lost a leg in an automobile accident last fall.