"We are the answer to whatever fans want," says Jeff Myers, lead guitarist and singer for the Fort Wayne-based The Answer Band. "We love to play music for people, so we decided to really make it a customer-oriented band. We love to hear when someone says how much of a good time they’re having.”
Since forming in 1993, The Answer have grown to become one of the Tri-State area’s top rock n' roll dance bands. The Answer, featuring - Ralph Tourkow, bass; Amanda Kittredge, vocals; Chad Reichert, drums; Mike Clark, on keyboard; and Myers on guitar - have performed at several hundred weddings, private parties, Legions, country clubs and bar mitzvahs. Myers and Riechert have each been performing for more than 25 years.
"Chad is well known among other area musicians for the rock-solid groove he lays down every time he plays," says Myers. "Keyboardist Clark “accumulated many road miles while touring with Vice Squad and has run sound or played keys with a number of local bands," Myers says. "Our bass guitar player Ralph has experience ranging from jazz to rock. Ralph's versatility is a perfect fit for the band," he says. "Simply ‘amazing’ is the only way to describe the phenomenal talent of Amanda," he adds.
The band’s blend of cover tunes ranges from 50s pop tunes like “The Twist,” “jailhouse Rock” and “Pretty Woman” to recent hits “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears and Carlos Santana’s “Smooth.” Along the way, the band performs Shania Twain and Patsy Cline country tunes, rock ballads by Bob Seger and Eric Clapton and standards like “Misty” and “Unforgettable.”
"The concept was we wanted to show that the band could play all different types of music," Myers says. “If it’s danceable, we play it. When we formed we decided we would be a fun-loving group. We are really customer-oriented. We take a lot of requests. Requests work out well, because they get the crowd going.”
Myers says the band hasn't gotten too many unusual requests. He recalls, however, playing “Stairway to Heaven” for one bride and groom’s dance song. “It was odd,” he says. “We’ve played some different international wedding songs. We played an English girl's wedding one time. She wanted to hear ‘Hi Ho the Silver Lining.’ One time we played for a bride who was from Denmark.”
In 1994, The Answer were at a wedding gig at the Tippacanoe Lake Country Club in Pierceton. During the band’s show, a fire broke out at the club.
"Smoke was billowing out the vents during the bride and groom song," Myers says. "We saved a couple of people. The lady singer we had at the time got someone out of the ladies’ bathroom. I rescued a drunk from a bathroom upstairs.” The smoke and flames from the fire ruined the band’s instrument cases. They were able to save their instruments, however," recalls Myers.
Myers also recalls a wedding the band played in Huntertown. "The day of the wedding had been rainy, leaving the outdoor venue muddy. “They had a tent out in the field. The entire area was mud. Everyone was muddy. That was a year ago and we’re still finding mud in places."
Each year the band plays the St. Jude’s Festival. "We feel like the Beatles each time we play the festival," Myers says. "All the fans come up and ask for our autographs afterwards."
Although the band does not play original tunes at shows, Myers says he and other members have written and recorded original material as side projects. Myers himself produced and recorded a record several years ago.
The band recently finished recording a demo tape at Fort Wayne’s Tempel Recording Studio. The tape, Myers says, will be sent to potential customers when the band is booking gigs. “We are doing a video to go with it. Part of it will be like a music video. We shot part of it in Los Lagos grocery while the store was open and people were shopping.”
Myers says the band also has a previous similar video which won a Community Access Network Video Festival Music Award in 1997. The film features interviews with the band and shows the different styles of music the band can perform
The Answer Band will be performing at the American Legion Post #241, 7605 Bluffton Rd., on May 10, from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
To book the Answer, call Jeff Myers at 484-1664, or email the band at TheAnswerBand@bigfoot.com. The band’s website, www.theanswerband.com contains a complete songlist as well as up coming gigs, pictures and a short band biography.
by Jonah Crismore
Thursday, October 20, 2016
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Columbia City Haunted Jail — Haunted tours of the jail where Charles Butler was hung, 7-9 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 20; 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21-22; 7-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, Oct. 23-27; 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29; 7-9 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Oct. 30-31; 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 4-5 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, Columbia City Haunted Jail, Columbia City, $13-$20, www.columbiacityhauntedjail.com
Fall Fest — Trunk-or-treating, free food, games, bounce house, hayrides, coloring, costume contest, performance by Apple Jack Cloggers and more, 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, Coventry Meadows Senior Community, Fort Wayne, free, 435-2100
Hysterium — Haunted asylum; formerly the Haunted Cave, 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20; 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21-22; 7-9:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23; 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27; 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29; 7-9:30 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Oct. 30-31, 4410 Arden Dr., Fort Wayne, $13, $5 tool shed escape, www.facebook.com/hysteriumftwayne
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Aaron Barker — Country at Honeywell Center, Wabash, 7 p.m., , 563-1102
Chris Worth & Company — Variety at AJ's Bar and Grill, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 434-1980
Columbia Street Unplugged w/Stone Shadow — Acoustic at Columbia Street West, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., no cover, 422-5055
Jeff McDonald — Folk at Don Hall's Guesthouse, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 489-2524
Mike Mowry — Rock/variety at Beamer's Sports Grill, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 625-1002
Open Mic — Hosted by Mike Conley at Mad Anthony Brewing Co., Fort Wayne, 8:30-11 p.m., no cover, 426-2537
Open Stage Jam — Hosted by Pop 'n' Fresh at Office Tavern, Fort Wayne, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., no cover, 478-5827
Shelly Dixon & Jeff McRae — Variety at Adams Lake Pub, Wolcottville, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 854-3463
Susan Mae & New Yesterday — R&B/jazz at Mad Anthony Brewing Co., Fort Wayne, 8-11 p.m., no cover, 426-2537
TK's Bar & Grill — Karaoke w/Ambient Noise Ent., 8 p.m.
Club Paradise — The Voice Karaoke w/DJ Rob & DJ B, 8:30 p.m.
Piggy's — Karaoke w/DJ Shaun Marcus, 10 p.m.
Mimi's Retreat — Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Taps Pub — Sidecar Gary's Karaoke & DJ, 8-11 p.m. , no cover
Arena — American Idol Karaoke w/Jay, 8 p.m.
Deer Park Irish Pub — Bucca Karaoke w/Bucca, 10 p.m. , no cover
Double Down — Shooting Star Prod. w/Stu, 9 p.m.
Latch String Bar & Grill — American Idol Karaoke, 8 p.m. , no cover
Nick's Martini & Wine Bar — American Idol Karaoke, 8-11 p.m. , no cover
North Star — Shut Up & Sing w/Michael Campbell, 8 p.m. , no cover
O'Sullivan's Italian Irish Pub — Tronic, 10 p.m. , no cover
Wrigley Field Bar & Grill — Live DJ, 10 p.m. , no cover
Paul's Pub — Shotgun Prod. Karaoke, 10 p.m.
Rack and Helen's — American Idol Karaoke w/TJ, 10 p.m. , no cover
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Art of Healing — Works created to inspire healing and overcoming personal obstacles, Friday-Sunday thru Nov. 13, Garrett Museum of Art, Garrett, 704-5400
Austin Cartwright and Eric Carlson — Drawings and clay sculptures, Tuesday-Saturday thru Nov. 5, Crestwoods Frame Shop & Gallery, Roanoke, 672-2080
Decatur Sculpture Tour — 31 original sculptures and 15 permanent exhibits on display, walking tour maps available, thru April 1, 2017, Decatur, free, 724-2605
Fall Colors and Themes — Paintings and photos depicting the rich changing colors of the season along with raku fired skulls, fiber monsters, harvest moon paintings, clay figures and more, Monday-Saturday thru Oct. 31, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
Halloween & Autumn Inspired Art — Seasonal art from member artists, Monday-Saturday thru Nov. 5, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
A Legacy of Art: A Collection by William and Mary Ann Roebel — Collection includes works by Renoir, Toulouse-Latrec, Matisse, Rembrandt, Dali, Whistler and many other masters, daily thru Nov. 6, Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 481-6977
Marks of Intention — Abstract works by Nazar Harran, Monday-Saturday thru Nov. 15, Jennifer Ford Art, Fort Wayne, 740-1309
Master Prints — Diverse collection of prints acquired by the university over the past 15 years, Monday-Friday thru Dec. 22, Lupke Gallery, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Midwest Ceramics Invitational — Works from nine professional Midwest ceramic artists, Monday-Friday thru Nov. 20, Weatherhead Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Oil Painters of America Salon Show — Juried show featuring 300 paintings by Oil Painters of America members, Tuesday-Saturday thru Oct. 29, Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 426-6568
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational — Fifteen outdoor sculptures from regional artists, daily thru April 30, School of Creative Arts campus, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Paroxysm: A New Body of Work by Crystal Wagner — Large scale multi-textured sculptures, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 23, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Photography Show — Exhibition of photographs in three categories (black and white, color and altered images), daily thru Nov. 9 (reception 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9), Clark Gallery, Honeywell Center, Wabash, 563-1102
Picasso, Braque and Leger: 20th Century Modern Masters — Paintings and Museum of Art, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 27, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Selections from the Haan Collection of Indiana Art — Works on loan from the Haan Mansion Museum in Lafayette, Indiana, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 23, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
SOCA Student Highlights Exhibition: Photo — Works by students enrolled in USF’s School of Creative Arts photography program, Monday-Friday thru Nov. 20, Spotlight Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Theoplis Smith III — Works on display, daily thru Oct. 21, The Gallery at PranaYoga, Fort Wayne, 423-9642
William and Peggy Dotterweich Game Fish Figurine Collection — A selection of hand-painted porcelain game fish figurines, Monday-Friday thru Nov. 20, Goldfish Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Young Artists and Authors Showcase — Art, poetry and essays based on the theme “Peace through People” from international students, Monday-Friday thru Oct. 27, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Artlink Educational Programs — Art classes offered by Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, dates and times vary, Artlink, Fort Wayne, fees vary, 424-7195
Fort Wayne Dance Collective Workshops — Workshops and classes for movement, dance, yoga and more offered by Fort Wayne Dance Collective, dates and times vary, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne, fees vary, 424-6574
IPFW Community Arts Academy— Art, dance, music and theater classes for grades pre-K through 12 offered by IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts, fees vary, 481-6977, www.ipfw.edu/caa
Sweetwater Academy of Music — Private lessons for a variety of instruments available from professional instructors, ongoing weekly lessons, Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, call for pricing, 432-8176, academy.sweetwater.com
Team Trivia — Trivia for teams of up to 6 players, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Crazy Pinz/Coconutz, Fort Wayne, free, 969-9336