Rev Tor Band comes to the Monopole

Some might call what the Rev Tor Band offers a religious experience.

The band, which hails from The Berkshires in western Massachusetts, formed in 1996 after Krautter had recorded a CD of original music and found himself needing a band to perform at the release party.

"So, we put the line up together," said Krautter.

Krautter brought together bassist and vocalist Dan Broad, keyboardist and vocalist Scott Guberman and drummer Andy Crawford. And, with that, the Rev Tor Band was formed.

As for the band's name, Krautter said it came about in a rather comical way.

"Around the same time, a friend had me ordained with the Universal Life Church, sort of as a joke," explained Krautter. "I got a card in the mail saying I was now a minister. I showed it to a few people and everyone started a calling me Rev Tor."

The name stuck and Krautter and his band began playing their mix of "funky, bass-oriented rhythms and foot stomping percussion" across the country. In their nearly 15 years of existence, the band has become well-known on the East Coast club and festival circuit, performing in venues from Maine to Florida, with a stop or two in Plattsburgh along the way.

"The first time was probably six or seven years ago at the Monopole," recalled Krautter, who added the band has also played the annual Backwoods Pondfest in Peru. "We love Plattsburgh and the people. We always have so much fun."

The Rev Tor Band is currently working on recording a live DVD to celebrate the band's upcoming 15th anniversary. Already, the band has released six albums under its label Smellydog Records, showcasing their music style that has collective influences of everything from the Grateful Dead to Bob Marley to even Beethoven.

"We're definitely a jam band but we try and explore as many musical paths as we can," said Krautter. "We just play the music that we love and makes us feel good. Thankfully, there are some really cool like-minded people out there that enjoy what we do."

(Editor's Note: The Rev Tor Band will perform at the Monopole, 7 Protection Ave., this Friday, Sept. 17, beginning at 10 p.m. Check out the band on-line at www.revtor.com or find them on Facebook and MySpace.)

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