Ezzie’s on the Border is about to be rocked by the Uncrowned Kings.
Thursday night, the Lloydminster-based group will be taking the stage at Ezzie’s for a show that one band member is calling a mix of a lot of genres of music.
Jesse Ito, who has been in the band for just over four months said that concert attendees should expect to hear a large cross section of today’s music.
“We are more classic rock ... we have a funky rhythm with a reggae flare, and a hint of heavy blues,” he said.
The band gets on stage at 10:30 p.m., and Ito expects Uncrowned Kings to be playing for 2.5 hours.
“We will be mostly playing covers, but currently we have five or six songs that we are getting ready for recording,” he said.
“We are getting ready to record a album in January, so we are going to be premiering some of the songs that we planning on recording in the new year on Thursday night as well.”
Ito said that some of the covers that the Uncrowned Kings play are John Mayer’s Waiting on the World to Change and All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix.
“There will be a little bit of everything for everyone that night,”
Asked how the band got together, Ito said that while he is a new addition to the band, two of the members were co-workers who realized that they both were interested in music and the idea of Uncrowned Kings spawned from the love of music between the two musicians.
“Brent (Ference) and Evan (Halls), used to work together and they figured out that they played music, they got together ... and they went to town.”
Ito was brought into the band after an accident left the drummer injured and the second guitarist left the band, before the band opened for April Wine earlier this year in Lashburn.
“I was friends with Brent prior to joining the band,” he added.
The current band includes Ference and Ito both on vocals and guitar, Aaron Roy is the band’s bassist, Halls is the group’s pianist, and Dan Imbeau is on drums.
While the current roster of band members of Uncrowned Kings is relatively new, Ito said that the band had become a well-oiled machine in a short period of time.
“We get along quite well business wise and personally. Brent and Evan have been friends for a long time,” said Ito.
“There is definitely a sense of community between the four of us,” he said. “We have the same sense of humour, we all like to clown around and just have fun with what we do.”
There is a $10 cover charge for the show, which Ito said goes to the Uncrowned Kings. The money will go to helping cut their first album in the new year.