THE TALENT: Steve Kapler (vocals), Mike Nurre (guitar), Ken DeKeyser (bass), Pete Wessels (drums)
Where did the band name come from?
The name actually came from a joke on the Bob & Tom show. We had scheduled our first show and had no name, in fact we weren’t even close to a decision and we had a few days to decide. At a practice, Mike, our guitarist, retold a joke he heard that morning on Bob & Tom about the worst circus ever – Bob’s Circus in a Mall Parking Lot – starring HUGE midgets – he just told the story a little wrong, and we had ourselves a name. We have actually met the comedian, and been discussed on the Bob & Tom show – you can listen to the clip on our website.
How long has the band been together?
This summer will be our tenth year of playing together. So come out and catch our anniversary tour this summer.
How did you get together?
A chance meeting between Mike and Steve led to a conversation about bands and what at the time seemed to be a new opportunity – make the show about the whole experience and not just playing music. Add in things like drawings, a mix of dance, rock, hard rock, pop, and singalong songs to drive crowd participation.
Describe the music you play.
Like a good hunter, or a drunk person at the end of the night, we’ll take a shot at anything. Our range goes from Neil Diamond to the Violent Femmes, or from Michael Jackson to Green Day. If it is fun, and people will sing, dance and enjoy, we are for giving it a shot. We are also indebted to those that inspired us like Swing Crew, Justin Case and Three Musicians and a Drummer, and the new groups that continue to push all of us to be better at what we do … our sincere hope is that the support for live music in Cedar Rapids stays alive and well.
Describe the energy that the audience will see on stage?
Actually, it is like going over to friend’s house to watch some of your other friends play music. We are just four good friends playing with ourselves on stage and you get to watch. Wait, that sounds sort of wrong. We enjoy having fun with each other, wait that sounds even worse. How about this, our energy comes from the crowd — they are energized by the vibe and good feeling that comes from the stage — a feeling of friendship and unexpected fun, like a backyard barbecue at your crazy Uncle Fred’s house — you never know what to expect, but odds are you will be telling stories about it and asking yourself questions like, did I really do that? What happened to my money? Is a tomato a fruit or vegetable? Why do I have no voice left? Why is there a cheese ball in my pocket? Who was that masked man? How late does Perkins stay open? You know, the usual stuff after a long and fun night. All we can add is there is likely pictorial evidence, so check your camera.