Four veteran musicians combine with one vivacious vocalist to set fire to a classic rock repertoire in a band aptly named Smokin' which makes a two-night stand in Baldwinsville this weekend.
Anchored by bassist Al Wolf and drummer Jan Fetterly, Smokin' sizzles with the instrumental wizardry of keyboardist Bob Lindberg and guitarist Frank Rhodes. In the 1960s, Wolf and Fetterly performed with the seminal Syracuse rock'n'roll group Sam & The Twisters while Lindberg and Rhodes each played with Carnage and later The Limit.
In the late-1970s and early-'80s, singer Janice Wilson lived and worked in Colorado where she fronted a band named Ontario. Theater and dance work in Colorado, Tennessee, New York and Pennsylvania provided opportunities for Wilson to work with professionals such as actress Jean Stapleton and Philadelphia TV personality Jerry Blavatt. After relocating to Central New York in the 1990s, Wilson sang for ten years with the JR Band, and now she relishes the chance to sing with Smokin.'
"I really like being in Smokin,'" she said, "because it's a band where I can exercise my diverse background."
Billing themselves as "The Hottest Classic Rock Band in Central New York," Smokin's musicians consider it their mission to perform rock music from the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s and present it with a touch of 21st-century technology. Although many other groups play classic rock, "We strive to make it sound as authentic as you remember it," said bassist Al Wolf.
Smokin' plugs in at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Feb. 9 and 10 at the Fireside Inn on Route 370, just west of the Baldwinsville business district. Admission is free; 638-0214. The quintet returns to the Fireside March 10 and on March 24 will perform at Wacky Wyatt's Tex-Mex BBQ 85 E. Genesee St. where admission is also free; 635-0144.