Spare Parts

January 15, 2019

‘Spare Parts’ returning to SIU with free concert

by Hannah Erickson

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Another semester of exciting music launches at Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a free concert featuring the all alumni band, “Spare Parts.”

Concert at Shryock

The event is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. at SIU’s Shryock Auditorium, and is open to the public. The concert is free, and no registration is required. The trio of artists and musicians bring a unique flair with their original blend of funk-jazz music, all centered around vintage keyboards, electric bass and drums.

After 18 years of performing together, the group has travelled extensively across the nation and internationally. Their unique blend of electric rhythm sets them apart, and has given them opportunities to open for a variety of artists, including Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz, George Clinton and many more. Currently signed with Ropeadope Records, they are performing at multiple venues this spring.

Band formed at SIU

After headlining countless shows and opening for many big names, “Spare Parts” is coming back to perform at the place where it all started. Developed while Kevin Kozol (keys), Colin Scott (bass) and Mike Bruno (drums) were still students at SIU, the group gained popularity around the Carbondale music scene. After a few years, all three relocated to Chicago where they are known for their unique sounds and for collaborating with a variety of talented musicians.

For Richard Kelley, associate professor of saxophone, jazz studies and music business, the group’s success speaks to the experiences students have when they study at SIU.

“This group is a great example of how our students learn and develop their skills while in the classroom,” Kelley said. “And then hone in on their unique specialties as they move into their professional careers.”

The band only represents one part of their music life, Kelley explained, but it is a good representation of the many opportunities available to students.

For more information, contact Richard Kelley at 618/453-5050.