"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
Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016
whatzup2nite • Wednesday, August 24
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Big Eyes — Punk/pop at Brass Rail, Fort Wayne, 9:30 p.m., $6, 267-5303
Chris Worth — Variety at Club Paradise, Angola, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 833-7082
Fort Wayne Comedy Connection — Comedy at Latch String Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 483-5526
G-Money Band — Open jam at Nick's Martini & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 482-6425
Let's Comedy — Comedy at Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, 5-9 p.m., $5, 424-5665
Open Mic — Variety at Pedal City, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., no cover, 415-6167
Paul New Stewart & Kimmy Dean — Variety at Venice Restaurant, Fort Wayne, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $1, 482-1618
Live DJ — Variety at Columbia Street West, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 422-5055
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Artlink Members’ Show — Works from over 200 members, Tuesday-Sunday thru Aug. 30, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
Carnie’s Coup — Contemporary pieces by Dainel Baxter, Jason Rowland and Jerrod Tobias, Monday-Saturday thru Sept. 24, Jennifer Ford Art, Fort Wayne, 740-1309
Decatur Sculpture Tour — 31 original sculptures and 15 permanent exhibits on display, walking tour maps available, thru April 1, 2017, Decatur, free, 724-2605
Don and Mary Gagnon — Photographs, Tuesday-Sunday thru Aug. 30, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
My Yours Ours — Photography from Palermo Galindo, daily thru Sept. 5, Franco D’Agostino Gallery, Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne, 422-5661
Nature Impressions of Indiana — Watercolor and mixed media by Lynn Diamente and pottery by Kristy Jo Beber, Monday-Saturday thru Aug. 30, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
The Nature of Things Traveling Exhibition — Exhibit teaches visitors about the natural world with hands on activity stations, the lives, functions and features of animals and insects, Wednesday-Sunday thru Sept. 11, Science Central, Fort Wayne, $6-$8 (2 and under, free), 424-2400 ext. 423
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
Robert Vegeler and Barbara Krupp — Abstract paintings and inspirational acrylics, Friday-Sunday thru Sept. 13, Garrett Museum of Art, Garrett, 704-5400
Sculptures on the Square III: the Magic of Metal — Public modern art installation featuring large-scale metal works created by midwestern artists, thru Sept. 15, downtown Auburn, 419-769-1086
Summer in Indiana — Works by Tom Keesee, Austin Cartwright, Alan Larkin, Elizabeth Walmsley, Katherine Rohrbacher, Patricia Weiss, Gwen Gutwein, Rebecca Justice-Schaab, Marcy Neiditz and Barbara Nohinek, Tuesday-Saturday thru August 31, Crestwoods Frame Shop & Gallery, Roanoke, 672-2080
Summer of Glass — Annual showcase of brilliantly executed studio glass feat. works by Albert Paley and Davide Salvatore and award winners from 44th Annual International Glass Invitational, Tuesday-Sunday thru Sept. 11, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Summer Shandy — Works by local and national artists, Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment thru Sept. 11, Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 426-6568
Tom Martin: Everything and Nothing — Realist paintings resembling life and reality and focused on the effect money has on people, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 16, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Fort Wayne Dance Collective Summer 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
Live Trivia — Trivia night with live host, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Duesy’s Sports Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, free, 484-0411
Summer Nights at the Embassy — Live entertainment, cash bar, and local food on the Embassy rooftop, 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays thru Sept. 7, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, $5,424-6287
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