Up and coming classic rock band Ruckus have been creating their own disturbance this year at local venues, placing the listener into a cozy spot with their music, making one want to stay and listen regardless of the late hour.
Members include Davin Sanders, of Windsor, who plays lead guitar, Matt Sherrer, of Warsaw, playing drums, Larry Young, also of Warsaw, playing keyboard, bass, guitar and drums, while Travis DeMoss, of Sedalia, plays guitar and sings along with Becca Whitmore, of Columbia.
Multi-talented, Young came aboard recently and has his own band, Vagabond, in Warsaw, while Whitmore, 24, the main vocals for the group, is leaving to pursue other interests. Her last performance was Saturday night at End Zone Sports Bar and Grill.
The group was brought together collectively a year ago and have been hired to play local venues said DeMoss, the spokesman for the band.
“We just play good-time rock-and-roll, it’s nothing fancy but it is good,” he said. “We like to do music that you’re going to hear on the radio, but it’s the song you hear on the radio that you go, ‘Oh I remember this song.’ It’s not the song that they play every other hour. It’s something that should remind you of high school or the summer after high school. Event-oriented songs, such as ‘It Hurts so Good,’ by John Mellencamp. It’s one of those songs that was popular when it was, and you’re always going to remember where you were when it played. It’s not the tune that they overplayed.”
DeMoss said the group enjoys playing ZZ Top and other groups in the same vein that have great guitar rhythms.
“All of us are guitar guys,” he said. “Even the keyboard player is a guitar guy, so you can appreciate a good hook when you hear it. Davin is an accomplished guitar player. He does his homework and does a good job of making the song pretty much just how you remember it. I can’t play the guitar like he plays it.”
As for fancy, Saturday night’s performance at the End Zone included renditions such as Eric Clapton’s “You Look Wonderful Tonight,” and “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals. The group worked to produce the exact tonality and musical quality of the originals, especially with Sanders on the lead guitar and Young absorbed with the keyboard. Then, sweeping into “Sweet Home Alabama,” it was heart pumping Lynyrd Skynrd as they worked to keep the wheels turnin’.
Soon Young left the keyboard, taking up a guitar to play with DeMoss to the lyrics of “Wagon Wheel” by Bob Dylan, singing “Rock me mama, like southbound train, hey, hey hey, mama rock me,” which easily slipped into Garth Brooks’s “I Got a Friend in Low Places.”
It was easy to see the group enjoyed playing the venue, but plans to expand their scope to out lying areas.
“We kind of hope to venture outside the walls of Pettis County this summer a little bit, ” DeMoss said. “And get into some bigger venues, we’re ready for that.”
Ruckus will be playing at the Missouri State Fair this year.
“The dates aren’t set yet, but we will be at the Touchstone Stage and we’re going to be the house band for the first ever Missouri State Fair Jam Night,” DeMoss said.
“The thing that I like about Ruckus is that there isn’t a big ego among any of us,” he added. “We have a great time together. Practices are a hoot, they’re a great deal of fun. They are more than bandmates, these are friends.”
Ruckus will venture into Benton County on Saturday to perform at 8:30 p.m. at the Red Baron BBQ and Steakhouse in Cole Camp; there is no cover charge.
For more information, follow Ruckus on their Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Ruckus.