New band brings completely different type to Lake reside music scene

Camdenton-based Christopher Crane was looking for a side project when he founded The Astro Katz in October 2019. A regular on the live music scene at the Lake of the Ozarks, Crane says he hit the jackpot looking for members to make up the band, and with the crowd of talented musicians in the area, you don’t have to go far .

“I was in a local rock band when this band started, but I really wanted to bring something different to the Lake music scene. Something that would be really fun and positive. As a lifelong fan of rockabilly music, it was really important to me to put together a band that belonged to that genre. I admit I was concerned. I wasn’t sure if people would really like this or if we were just targeting an older audience. I felt like it was a gamble, but I had to try. ”

It worked. The Astro Katz rockabilly quartet began playing in front of crowded crowds in waterfront restaurants to bring their style of early American rock and roll to audiences of all ages.

questions and answers

What is your style of music? What would we hear if we came to one of your concerts?

The Astro Katz are primarily a rockabilly band. We’re committed to preserving music history through live performances, and we’re having a lot of fun doing it! We love honoring the biggies of the genre like Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Eddie Cochran, and Gene Vincent, but we do some surfing stuff too. After all, we play a lot by the lake!

We also like to play modern rockabilly hits from the Stray Cats and also some swing numbers. We want to offer our audience something to dance to, sing along to, memories of the time and even brand new memories. This style of music is all about one word – fun (do you remember fun?). We want to give our audience a new experience by playing songs they may never have heard live before. Let’s face it, this last year has been a tough year for everyone, and great rock ‘n’ roll is really good medicine! We are proud to be a part of this recipe.

What do you all enjoy about the gig?

Performing in front of a live audience is amazing. Any musician will tell you that when the band is tight, the groove is perfect and the dance floor is full, it’s pure bliss. But we often experience something that I believe is unique, on two different fronts. The first is that older couples keep coming up to us and telling stories that a particular song we played has a special meaning to them and they haven’t heard it in decades. They listen and dance and we accompany them in this musical time machine. You can’t buy that experience. It’s just so cool.

The second is the enthusiasm of younger people, especially children. We saw so many kids jumping on the dance floor and we really had a lot of fun. I often wonder how many of these kids who had so much fun at one of our shows go home and go through their grandparents’ record collection. That puts a permanent smile on my face.

What’s your upcoming schedule?

This year is going to be an epic year for The Astro Katz. Our calendar is filling up quickly for the coming season and we look forward to seeing old friends again and making new friends. The last year has been a whirlwind. We had so much fun at Blondies (who will always have a special place in our hearts), Bulldog’s, Shady Gators, Dam Good Slice, LOTO Lounge, Papa Chubby’s and many others. We were really blessed with a warm welcome from the LOTO community. We are very happy to be part of such a lively music scene.

Who’s in the band

Christopher Crane: rhythm guitar / lead vocals

• Lives in Camdenton.

• Performed live in various bands for years, including Cuz I Said So, 2 For Flinching and Strange Brew.

• Teaches English / Language Arts at Stoutland High School.

Eric Meyer: bass guitar / vocals

• Lives in St. Roberts.

• Performed live in various bands for years, including Texas Toast and Jam, Christiana

• Teaches English / Language Arts at Plato High School.

Valarie Davis: drums / vocals

• Lives in Lake Ozark.

• Performed live in various bands for years, including Denim and Lace, Thursday’s Child and The Super Jam Band.

• Self-employed.

Stonewall Crippin: lead guitar / vocals

• Lives in Camdenton.

• Performed live in various bands for years, including Life of the Party, The Sunburns, Boomchux, 6120, Stonewall Jackson Band, Toast, Pawn Shop and Flavor Country Turnpike.

• Self-employed.

MORE INFORMATION, The Astro Katz on Facebook

Upcoming shows

June 12: BoatHouse Lakeside Bar, 1 pm-5pm

June 19: Bulldogs Beach House, 5 pm-9pm

June 25: LOTO Lounge, 8 p.m. – 12 p.m.

July 9: Papa Chubby’s, 6:30 pm-10:30pm

July 11: Dog days, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

July 16: NautiFish, 6-10 p.m.