Amped for the Vamp

Ten Year Vamp has been drawn to Plattsburgh from the start. The high-energy Albany-based rock band has developed quite a following here since their first gig at the Naked Turtle in the summer of 2007.

"I think we were just looking to get into some new areas and a fan suggested Plattsburgh, so, we just Googled bars/clubs in the area and were fortunate enough to get booked at the Turtle," said lead vocalist and guitarist Debbie Gabrione.

Since then, Gabrione has stood center stage at performances at the Naked Turtle and Olive Ridley's belting out lyrics to originals and covers, joined by her bandmates - Mark Rose on rhythm guitar, Tim Keenan on bass, Andrew Foster on lead guitar, Gregory Nash on drums and Bill Ketzer on vocals, percussion and keyboards.

What's kept the band coming back?

"Definitely the people," said Gabrione. "The people in Plattsburgh just know how to relax and have fun. They seem to really love live music, they know how to enjoy it and are very kind."

Gabrione said Ten Year Vamp has made "many friends in Plattsburgh" and always has a great time. In many cities the band plays, people aren't as friendly as they are in Plattsburgh, she said.

"They're more into their outfit than truly enjoying the band," she said. "In Plattsburgh, the crowd is just always down for a great time."

The band's following, Gabrione believes, comes from not just the music they perform, but "the energy, the personality, the confidence and the talent" they bring.

"Often times, if a band is high-energy and jumping around, the musical integrity is compromised and the band will make tons of mistakes or the band will stand still and nail the music, but they'll be boring to watch," she said. "We're able to deliver 'A' caliber music and put on a great show, and have fun with it," she said.

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