WANT TO GO?
Carnaval New Orleans
A fundraiser for the Clay Center
WHERE: The Clay Center
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: Advance $175, at the door $200
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org
Note: Black tie optional event. Masks and costumes encouraged.CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Wild Rumpus has been one of those bands to watch for some time. Founded by songwriter Andrew Adkins, who's joined by Allan Sizemore and Clint Lewis, the band has become a regular on the regional festival circuit and occasionally plays in Charleston.
On Saturday night, the band performs at the Clay Center's Carnaval New Orleans fundraiser, along with the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band and Davell Crawford, which is a pretty good gig for a three-piece outfit from Fayetteville.
The Gazz spoke with guitarist Allan Sizemore about the origins of the band, how it's not a bluegrass band and why it has developed a following outside the state but still has trouble finding places to play in West Virginia.
Q: How was The Wild Rumpus founded?
A:"We came together late 2006/early 2007. We were all in other bands. Andrew brought this project to me. Actually, it was going to be a solo project for him.
"He kind of had this blues band called The Wild Rumpus Together, but it wasn't very serious -- and before we even really got started, half of those guys dropped out. But the new band took on a life of its own. We all left our other bands and have been at it ever since."