If you go
What: Rozwell Kid and Bishops
When: Friday night
Where: Sam's Uptown Cafe,
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When Shepherdstown tour-de-force rock trio The Demon Beat decided to take a break in late spring, all three members already had musical plans in the works. After eight solid years recording and touring, the group decided to go on an indefinite hiatus as guitar whiz kid Adam Meisterhans firmed up plans to move to Nashville.
That freed up drummer-turned-guitarist/front man Jordan Hudkins to concentrate on his 1990s nostalgia-heavy outfit Rozwell Kid. Bass player Tucker Riggleman grabbed his six-string and put his time and energy toward his band, Bishops.
Rozwell Kid and Bishops split the bill with Foz Rotten & His Dirty Scoundrels Friday night at Sam's Uptown Cafe before Hudkins and Riggleman head west for Saturday's daylong, regionally focused Huntington Music & Arts Festival.
While The Demon Beat was poised to become one of the state's biggest musical exports in some time, each member's own projects provided a safety net of sorts for not only themselves but also those interested in keeping tabs on the trajectory of local talent.
Hudkins points to early exposure to Broadway soundtracks from Andrew Lloyd Webber and '70s pop such as The Carpenters as influences on song structure. Yet the power pop and pop-punk sounds of the '90s reign supreme in the sensibilities of Rozwell Kid. Bands like Weezer, Green Day and NOFX have left an indelible mark on his own band's output.
"Before I knew how to play guitar, I would play along to those songs on a yard stick in my room," Hudkins said, laughingly recalling his days early on in high school.
It wasn't long before Hudkins began learning the chords to the songs he loved and started making his own.