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'Crispy Critters' returning with combination of blues, funk

POTSDAM - The Crispy Critters is a band all about getting people out on the floor and dancing.

The band - which formed back in 2009 at the State University of New York at Potsdam campus - consists of Steven Lilly and Jon Stewart, both on guitar and vocals, Jordan Smith on bass and vocals and Marty Horn on percussion and vocals. Friend Sebastian Molnar sits in occasionally, playing different woodwind instruments.

The sounds of The Crispy Critters is one Stewart considers a mixture of many different sounds.

"The best way to describe our sound is a combination blues, funk, reggae and jungle jazz," said Stewart, who added the band's following comes from its "constant danceability." "We all come from very different musical backgrounds that helps allow us to expand our repertoire continually."

And, it works for them.

The band's main way of getting their music out has mainly been by performing live shows in their native Potsdam in the basement of an old church the refer to as "The Crispy Cathedral. However, they have taken their sound across the state at places like Red Square in Albany, The Chance in Poughkeepsie, and, most recently, to the Monopole in Plattsburgh earlier this month. The April 2 performance was the band's first time playing Plattsburgh, and it was one that left them feeling encouraged to come back.

"Plattsburgh is a fun place to experience," said Smith. "Everyone we have met has been very friendly and we love the interaction from the crowds in Plattsburgh."

"We are very excited to return," he added.

The band would like to one day record an album, but it's just a matter of finding the time, said Lilly

"Currently, we have the material, the motive, and the equipment. The only thing we lack is the time necessary for producing a the quality in sound we would like," he said.

(Editor's Note: The Crispy Critters will return to the Monopole, 7 Protection Ave., next Friday, May 6. The show will start at 9:30 p.m. The band's Web site, www.thecrispycritters. com, is currently under construction but they can be found on Facebook by searching for The Crispy Critters.)

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