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Rock Steady opens for Funhouse Riot at Quincy show

Local Q Writer
Posted: Oct. 12, 2017 1:00 pm

QUINCY -- If you've watched "The Andy Griffith Show," you might remember Briscoe Darling saying "if you got time to breathe, you got time for music."

It's a quote that explains Taylor Ross Warbritton's passion for music.

Warbritton is the vocalist for Hannibal, Mo.-based band Funhouse Riot. The band will headline at a concert Saturday at One: Special Event Venue, 600 Hampshire St. in Quincy. Another Tri-State band, Rock Steady, will open the show at 9 p.m. It is an all-ages show, but alcohol will be available for those 21 and older. There will be a $5 cover charge.

Funhouse Riot formed about two years ago when local experienced musicians came together to start a new cover band. In addition to Warbritton, the band consists of drummer Jeff Lyng, guitarist Geoff Whitaker, bassist Brad Fletcher and guitarist Scott Hull, who recently joined.

Funhouse Riot has played in Quincy before, but they hope to play here more. They hope that, by bringing Rock Steady in to open at One this weekend, they can help bring them more exposure in Quincy, too.

"(We want) to get fans of each band familiar with the other band, as well as to mix up the music for everyone," Whitaker said.

The band covers several genres, including modern rock, pop and country. Among the artists they cover are Kelly Clarkson, Bonnie Raitt, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Adele. The band has also covered Pink and Paramore, artists whose albums -- the former's "Funhouse" and the latter's "Riot" -- inspired their name.

Aside from Pink and Paramore, the band also chose its name because, like a funhouse, they hope their audiences feel surprise and amusement. Also, Funhouse Riot believes people have a riot at their shows.

Being a cover band, most of the band's songs are recognizable, radio hits. Their favorite songs to play include Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven," Lady Gaga's "You and I" and Grace Potter's "Paris."

Whitaker said one of his goals is to promote the local music scene, and he believes that bands like Funhouse Riot and fans can do that.

"Live, local music is a dying breed in this area, and we need to make people aware that there are still performers out there," he said.

Warbritton says she has never felt so comfortable in a band before.

"I've worked with a lot of musicians but have never had the camaraderie that I do with Jeff, Geoff, Brad and now Scott," she said. "I've grown as a singer being able to try new music and use my vocals in ways I haven't in the past."

Fletcher thinks this camaraderie is something that the audience can feel and is a reason why people who have never seen Funhouse Riot before will enjoy their show this weekend.

"I think our love of music comes through in our set," he said. "We are having a good time, and we hope that anyone that comes to see us has the same excitement that we do."

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