If you go
- What: Live on the Levee
- When: 6:30 p.m. Friday with Juicy and Rootbound
- Where: Haddad Riverfront Park
- Cost: Free
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Lots of musicians talk about the bands they formed in high school - and then go on to tell the stories of how those bands broke up and moved on.
Josh Knechtly tells the story of how his band came together and stayed together for the most part.
The year was 2001 and he had just changed high schools because he was moving from his mom's house to his dad's house.
Changing schools could have been traumatic, but in this case Knechtly quickly found his niche with fellow musicians.
"It was a great move for me because of all the musical stuff that happened," he said.
"That first year into my new high school I met Allen (Grooms), our drummer, and Kevin (Colwell), our bass player. And I knew Joel (Hanson) through another musician.
"We were all in different bands - they were playing in ballad bands and I was playing dances."
Grooms approached each of them and said he wanted to put together "a real band."
Vocalist Hanson left for four years at one point but returned, and the rest of the lineup has remained, honing the rock sound it will bring to Haddad Riverfront Park Friday night for Live on the Levee.
They call themselves Rootbound, and Knechtly said it was a name that reflected those early years, when they were playing locally but aspiring for more.
"We're all from a really small town, and we thought of ourselves as a plant that was rootbound - we needed to keep transplanting ourselves," he said.