A local institution that formed way back in 1970, 15 60 75 The Numbers Band, has had numerous lineup changes over the years. But bandleader Bob Kidney says the musicians in the avant-blues band have been committed to doing “something unusual.”
“The fellows I’m working with now have been working with for sometime,” he says, adding that the band includes now includes singer-multi-instrumentalist Jack Kidney, saxophonist Terry Hynde, bassist Bill Watson and drummer Clint Algiure. “Everybody in the band understands what they’ll be dealing with. The fact that the band plays its own original music and writings songs and the audience comes to see it is what makes it unusual. This band is a local band and it plays original material along with some blues standards and other things. Everybody knows what they’ll be getting into.”
Kidney also says the band regularly re-learns songs from its past and brings them back into the set lists.
“We have a 45-year history of playing in Cleveland," he says. "The original Agora is where we recorded [1976’s] Jimmy Bell’s Still in Town
. It was just re-released three years ago. Everything that has happened has happened because of that.”
Two years ago, the band celebrated the long-time-in-coming release of Coal Tattoo
, which was originally recorded in 1998 when the band was in Europe to perform at a festival curated by Pere Ubu's David Thomas. It’s currently at work on a new song “Blue Collar," which it plans to play at the Kent Stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 when plays a special show to commemorate its 45th anniversary.
“We will be playing a tremendous amount of music, including songs that are often requested but were no longer included in our repertoire," says Kidney. "As we discussed, the focus of this concert is on the audience first — the people of Cleveland, Akron, Kent, Youngstown and Canton. [For the concert], there will be nine visiting musicians from Cleveland which will include tenor master, Ernie Krivda,Tony Mamoine of Pere Ubu fame, Chris Butler the creator of the Waitresses, Rod Reisman on drums best known from First Light, and other former members who have been with the band as far back as 1971.”