Cover band Starbound performs in Columbus this Friday

September 28, 2018

Although some bands write their own music, others take classics and make them their own. That’s the style of Starbound.

The cover band Starbound will be performing for the first time in Columbus from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. this Friday into Saturday at Micek’s Shangri-La, 2506 12th St.

“Some people have called us a retro-rock band with an edge,” Starbound lead singer Jason Sweeney said. “We’ve also been classified as a modern rock cover band.”

Sweeney said the group covers songs from rock bands like Bullet For My Valentine, Shaman’s Harvest and Seether.

“Oh, it’s a ton of fun to take a song and remake it and then play and watch people’s reactions,” Sweeney said. “It’s a lot of fun. Some people really like and admire the work that we put into remaking some of the songs to play it in a different style. It’s fun to get in front of people and make people happy, dance and party.”

The band is comprised of Sweeney on lead vocals and bass, Bob Barnhart on lead guitar and vocals, Pete Wilson on guitar, keyboard and vocals and Tif Philly on drums.

The Omaha-based band officially formed two years ago and has been playing venues throughout the state ever since.

“It’s definitely a rock band. You’re gonna experience a rock show, 100 percent,” Sweeney said about Starbound. “There are no gimmicks, there are no giveaways, there’s no classification of it, it’s a rock band. You’re going to come see a rock show.”

For their Friday performance, Sweeney said the group will play 10 new songs for the first time in concert. These covers include “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield and “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins.

“We have our own twist on that one,” he said about their cover of ‘Danger Zone.’ “That one’s really upbeat, kind of heavy driven tempo to it. So it’s pretty impressive.”

Joseph “Zeke” Zulkoski, a bartender at Micek’s, said bands that cover classic rock and pop songs are always crowd pleasers at the venue.

“Columbus is big on cover bands,” he said. “This town, they like hearing songs that they know and they can get up and dance to or sing along with.”

Sweeney said the group uses professional quality lighting and sound equipment.

“We try to make sure our shows are very concert vibe, he said. “We try not to come across as a bar-band, we try to come across as a special event.”

Sweeney said that the group plans to write and perform some original songs of their own in the future, but for now, will primarily focus on covers.

“If they’re looking for something different in a live band experience, you’ve definitely found it with Starbound,” he said. “It’s going to blow you away.”

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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