2014 Best Rock Performer/Covers
Anyone who has seen the band Sum Morz knows that they put on a good show. There are those who would even call it a great show. A show bubbling with personality and excitement. A show not quite like anything else in the Fort Wayne area.
The people who would call a Sum Morz performance great are more than likely the same people who voted the quintet the Best Rock Perfomer/Covers in the annual whatzup Readers Poll. And as is so often the case, every voted counted.
Sum Morz beat out two-time defending champions Cougar Hunter by 21.63 percent to 21.53 percent. Now that is a small margin.
For those curious about the band’s name, simply slur the word Sum into the word Morz. If a campfire confection involving marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate does not come to mind, you’re saying it wrong.
Sum Morz may be new to the Whammy winner’s circle, but they are certainly not new to music lovers. Depending on who you ask in the band, Sum Morz have been putting their special take on a wide range of songs from the last three decades for either seven or eight years.
For instance, if you ask bass player Maurice (Mo) Taylor, he’ll say the band has been together eight years. “But she’ll say seven,” Taylor says.
“She” is lead singer and primary focal point Crystal. Crystal (her last name is Brown but she only needs her first name) did indeed refer to the “seven years” the band has been together. In that time, Crystal and Mo and guitar players Craig Stephan and Chad Hiatt and drummer Beto Magana have developed a solid following of fans who find the Sum Morz take on tunes intriguing, if not downright addicting.
“We’re a part rock band,” Taylor says. “We play obscure covers.”
“We play a lot of B-sides, stuff people haven’t heard a lot,” agrees Hiatt. “But we also tend to play a lot of what people really like.”
“We try to mix it up,” adds Stephan. “That’s been our recipe.”
Sometimes they mix it up in the same song, like turning the Eurythmics tune “Sweet Dreams” into a Marilyn Manson /Annie Lennox mash-up.
The guys have fun with the tune, but all eyes are on Crystal, who goes through several wardrobe changes every gig and generally mesmerizes the audience with her mere presence.
“It’s all happy wonderful cotton candy clouds,” Crystal says with a big smile. “Everybody likes Sum Morz.”
She’s right about that. (Mark Hunter)
Sum of 3*
Kill the Rabbit*
Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra, Pink Droyd
Grateful Groove, Soft n' Heavy, Actual Size, After School Special, Juke Joint Jive, Otitis Media, Phil's Family Lizard, Reckless Romeos
* On the ballot † More than one
|2013 Winner:||Cougar Hunter|
|2012 Winner:||Cougar Hunter|
|2005 Winner:||Brown Bottle Band|
|2004 Winner:||Brown Bottle Band|
|2003 Winner:||Freak Brothers|
|2002 Winner:||Go Dog Go|
|1999 Winner:||Actual Size|
|1998 Winner:||Michaelanjelo, Little Green Men (tie)|
|1997 Winner:||Rushville Whig|
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Community Unity — Community dinner, games and prizes, and neighborhood safety forum, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, Jennings Recreation Center, Fort Wayne, free, 427-6028
Issues and Ales — Panel of experts discuss important issues in the community with audience Q&A , 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, Calhoun Street Soups, Salads and Spirits, Fort Wayne, free, 456-7005
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Chris Worth — Variety at Nick's Martini & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne, 7:30 p.m., no cover, 482-6425
Fort Wayne Comedy Connection — Comedy at Latch String Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 483-5526
Hubie Ashcraft — Acoustic at River View Tavern, Decatur, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 724-3500
Open Mic — Hosted by Mike Mowry at Pedal City, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., no cover, 415-6167
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Classic City Karaoke w/Bryan Lee — Karaoke at Pine Valley Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 8:30 p.m., no cover, 490-9464
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Shut Up and Sing — Karaoke at Duesy's Sports Bar, Fort Wayne, 7-11 p.m., no cover, 483-5681
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Little Shop of Horrors — IPFW Department of Theatre performance of Alan Menken-Howard Ashman musical comedy, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, April 26-29, Williams Theatre, IPFW, Fort Wayne, $5-$18, 481-6555
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37th National Print Exhibition — Juried exhibition featuring contemporary printmakers from around the nation, Tuesday-Sunday thru May 5, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
41st SOCA Student Exhibition — Works from students currently enrolled at USF’s School of Creative Arts, daily thru April 30, Weatherhead Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Echolilia — Works from Timothy Archibald and his autistic son, Eli, Tuesday-Sunday thru June 11, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
Diane Allen Groenert — Exhibition of local artist’s Downtown Series and new works, Monday-Saturday thru June 24, West Central Microcreamery & Cafe, Fort Wayne, 415-9293
Expressions of Existence — An exhibition of works by artists through history, including Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Francisco Goya and others whose works have been influenced by disabilities, Tuesday-Sunday thru June 11, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
Fort Wayne Artist Guild Exhibitions — Works by Alice Siefert at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Jennifer Caudel at Allen County Retinal Surgeons, Anita Trick, Citizens Square (2nd and 3rd floors), Darlene Selzer Miller at The Einhaus Group for Women’s Health, Patricia Weiss at Heritage of Fort Wayne, Emily Jane Butler at Ophthalmology Consultants (Southwest), Linda Binek at Ophthalmology Consultants (North), Carolyn Stachera at Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, John Kelty at ResCare Inc. Adult Day Service, Wiletta Blevins at Town House Retirement, Karen Bixler at Visiting Nurse Hospice and Barb Yoder and Karen Harvey at Will Jewelers, thru April 30, fortwayneartistguild.org.
Fort Wayne Photographers Club — Exhibition featuring local photographers, Tuesday-Sunday thru April 30, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, $3-$5 (2 and under, free), 427-6440
Glass: A Medium in Art and Automobiles — Dale Chihuly blown glass and fiberglass auto, daily thru Sept. 8, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Auburn, $7.50-$12.50, 925-1444
Jan Krist-Finkbeiner — Exhibition of ceramic reliefs, Tuesday-Sunday thru May 5, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
Kathy Funderburg & Diane Schafer-King — Acrylic paintings (Funderburg) and works in marbled paper and fabric (Schaefer-King), Monday-Saturday thru April 29, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational — Fifteen outdoor sculptures from regional artists, daily thru April 30, School of Creative Arts campus, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Rhoda Gerig: The Hope of Eagles — Photographic images of eagles, daily thru June 4, Clark Gallery, Honeywell Center, Wabash, 563-1102
Sharon — An exhibition of Leon Borensztein photographs chronicling the struggles he faced raising his severely disabled daughter, Tuesday-Sunday thru June 11, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
SOCA Graduate Program: Student Highlights — Juried exhibition of works by students enrolled in USF’s School of Creative Arts graduate program, Monday-Friday thru April 30, Lupke Gallery, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Exhibition of works by IPFW graduation seniors, daily thru May 3 , Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery, Main Library, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, 481-6709
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Senior thesis projects from Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates Brenda Drayer (sculpture), Derek Hibbs (printmaking), Ellen Mensch (painting), Nathaniel Morris (sculpture) and Kyle Snodgrass (sculpture), daily thru May 7, Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 481-6709
Spring Palette — New original works by more than 50 nationally recognized artists, Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment thru April 30, Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 426-6568