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Travis Ward and the Junkyard Bandstand 

According to their Web site, the events that formed Travis Ward and the Junkyard Bandstand merits inclusion as it's, single-handedly, the most interesting band inception I've ever heard to date: "Travis Ward left the kegger at 2 a.m., thinking he could walk into town by hiking over Black Tail Mountain and swimming across Chuck Slough. It was about 5 a.m. when delirium set in, and Travis happened upon Justin Nelson, who was fast asleep inside the ancient hollow of a fallen cedar. After a brief chew of the fat, they decided to swim the slough together. While swimming the slough, they were briefly imprisoned by Jason the Merman. As it turned out, Jason was simply bitter that he couldn't hold his breath long enough to impress a mermaid. As luck would have it, Jason's one desire was to play drums in a band." Thus the boys got together for a foray into musical oblivion, and the rest, you could say, is junkyard history. Yet the story continues: "What the band did not know, was that while they were traveling through the wilderness, an evil wizard cast a spell upon them. The wizard growled, 'You will continue improving as a band, but you shall never make any money or become popular!' It is said that the band still travels around, playing strange folk songs, in ill-attended venues throughout the Northwest. The moral of this story is, beware of keggers." Now how can you not check out Travis Ward and the Junkyard Bandstand this weekend at Pengilly's after that introduction? Forget even needing an inkling of what music genre they're all about (country rock blended with a little folk), these guys are sure to please. If you need a second opinion, how about a quote from a random bartender: "You guys sound like Johnny Cash on Robitussin." And there you have it. The Junkyard Bandstand is made up of Justin Nelson on stand-up bass, Travis Ward on vocals and Jason Ganz on drums.

Friday and Saturday, 9:30 p.m., FREE, Pengilly's, 513 W. Main St.

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