It’s snowing today (not a full blizzard, but enough to know winter is here), and it’s a cold, windy day. So it’s also a perfect day to stay inside and enjoy a band to keep warm.
The Randall Zwarte band is returning to Grand Forks for its first show in years. Earlier this week, I spoke with Randy Zwart, guitarist, lead singer and songwriter for the group. He talked a lot about how newer technology, especially the now commonplace use of the Internet to make new songs and albums available to fans all over the world, has really opened new doors for an independent, self-released band like this.
He also seemed to be happy that it’s not so important for bands to win the favor of corporate radio anymore. There was a time, not too long ago, when getting discovered by new fans meant you would have to break into radio airplay. But that was hard to do, especially if you didn’t have a major label contract with ties to the radio station owners. Now with iTunes, electronic jukebox downloads and the Internet in general, you can completely bypass Clear Channel and just focus on the music, he said. I agree, and think the technology has been great for bands like this. You can read my full article in the Herald today.
The band is performing at 9 tonight at Big Daddy’s Lounge, and there is a $15 cover charge.