WANT TO GO?
The Vandal Band
WHERE: Sam's Uptown Café, 28 Capitol St.
WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Friday
TICKETS: $5INFO: 304-346-6201 or www.samsuptowncafewv.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some musicians have rock 'n' roll dreams. They fantasize about fame, record contracts and outrageous fortune.
Then there's singer/songwriter Travis Vandal.
The 32-year-old Charleston native who performs Saturday at Sam's Uptown Cafe with The Vandal Band explained earnestly, "If I'm being 100 percent honest, I'm happy to play locally in my home state and maybe play a little around the area, but being a father, that's more important.
"My kids come before music or anything else."
Small-town stardom is OK with him. Aside from the crowds he plays before as a musician, Vandal has an audience every day -- at least during the school year.
"I teach seventh-grade English at Elkview Middle School," said the father of two young sons, "and I just got the job as the eighth-grade West Virginia studies teacher."
He sounded like he could hardly wait for the fall semester to begin.
"That's really what I'm interested in," he said. "I'm a huge West Virginia buff."
Vandal loves music, too, and he doesn't have anything against making money at it, but he's pretty happy with the life he has.
He grew up around music. His father plays guitar, and playing music was his focus through his teen years. He didn't really do a lot of serious songwriting until his early 20s.