Music, magic to treat festival goers
The Black Tuxedos don't sing. The band's members let drums and guitars do the talking for them.
The 100 percent all-instrumental band is scheduled to perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 30 field "A" at Miller Park as part of a free concert at the De Soto Days Festival.
The four-member all-high school band of Luke Phillips, JD Pedersen, Rick Garcia and Jason Williams is from Emporia and plays a mix between classic and modern rock.
Phillips, guitarist and co-founder of the band, has been playing drums since he was 6 years old and guitar at age 8. Music is a family tradition for the Phillips family. Luke's father, Bob, who also runs a music production company, has been playing in bands for 30 years. Luke has also played on stage with his father's band many times.
"He's been around music a lot," Bob said of his son.
The band was created two years ago and has gone through several different name changes before finally settling on Black Tuxedos. The band, however, doesn't wear tuxes on stage. Instead they usually wear black T-shirts and jeans.
"They wanted something a little more classy, maybe something that'll set them apart a little bit," Bob said. "It wasn't offensive to anyone and it kind of underscored some of the stuff that they do."
They write their own material and perform such favorites as "Bach Rock," a rewritten and more modern version of classic Bach that features harmony and lead guitar.
Ron Crow, chairman of the entertainment committee, said the band first contacted him about playing at the festival. Crow was happy to oblige.
"I think they'll be exciting," Crow said. "They're a young band and it kind of goes with our theme 'Into the Future.'"
Also performing at the festival wlll be the feature act the F*Bombs, who will follow the Black Tuxudos from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Satudray, and the local brass band,
Banda de Perrona , who made their De Soto debut at this year's Cinco de Mayo Celebration.
Returning this year will be performers from Kaw Valley Community Church, who have entertained the last two year's immediately after the parade in Miller Park..
Also providing oohs and ahs at the festival will be the magic of Magic Creations from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, and LuLu Bell the Clown, who will offer face painting Saturday at Miller Park.