2014 Best Rock Performer/Originals
Kill the Rabbit are having a good year. Come to think of it, the Fort Wayne-based rock band has had a string of good years of late.
And why shouldn’t they? The quintet takes what they do very seriously and they work hard at it. The effort has paid off with not one but two Whammys this year. In the Best Metal/Hard Rock Performer category, KTR snared their third win in a row, nosing out Brother, Cougar Hunter and Sirface by less than four percentage points.
And KTR unseated Unlikely Alibi for Best Rock Performer/Originals. Overall, Kill the Rabbit have won six Whammys, including the Performer of the Year title in 2010.
For bassist Marc Baker, the fan recognition never gets old.
“That’s an honor, man,” Baker said. “That means a lot to us. Especially the originals one.”
Kill the Rabbit got started as a band back in the 1990s in Ohio and found success until the members began having families and life sort of took over, as it will. Flash forward nearly two decades, and the band – bassist Baker, lead vocalist Scotty Hayes, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Mike Adams, lead guitarist Tony Gardner and drummer Sheridan Lippi – got together for a 20th anniversary show. And they haven’t looked back.
Kill the Rabbit hopped away with whatzup’s Battle of the Bands VII title in 2010 and placed second in a similar competition in Indianapolis.
One of the things that keeps the band on its toes is a willingness to try new things, to stretch the limits of their playing. Playing the 2015 96.3 XKE Beatlesfest proved to be a worthy challenge.
“That was quite an experience,” Baker said.
KTR play out three weekends a month, quite a lot for guys in their late 30s and early 40s with families and jobs. But they love what they do. They have two CDs to their credit, Pieces, a hard driving metal record, and Coming for You which highlights the band’s growth as songwriters and musicians. Coming for You is in regular rotation on a couple of radio stations in Ohio, a fact that Baker says drives the band to write more.
“We actually took way too long for the second record to come out,” Baker said. “The first one was written by three people. On the second one we wanted everyone to be involved. That took more time.”
The band is already at work on the next record.
“We work at it. I’d be lying to you if I said it was easy. It’s a passion, but sometimes it’s a curse. We’d still be doing it without our fans, but we appreciate them to death.” (Mark Hunter)
Kill the Rabbit*
Left Lane Cruiser*
Soft n' Heavy*
Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra, Plaxton & the Void, Boat Show, Chased by Captives, Forever Away, The Fucking Panthers, Kerosec, Seattle Rain
* On the ballot † More than one
|2013 Winner:||Unlikely Alibi|
|2012 Winner:||Unlikely Alibi|
|2011 Winner:||Kill The Rabbit|
|2010 Winner:||Unlikely Alibi|
|2009 Winner:||The B-Sharps|
|2008 Winner:||Left Lane Cruiser|
|2007 Winner:||Left Lane Cruiser|
|2006 Winner:||Definitely Gary|
|2005 Winner:||Matthew Sturm Band|
|2004 Winner:||Matthew Sturm Band|
|2003 Winner:||Go Dog Go|
|2002 Winner:||Blue Moon Boys|
|2001 Winner:||Rosemary Gates & Wailhounds|
|2000 Winner:||Blue Moon Boys|
|1999 Winner:||Blue Moon Boys|
|1998 Winner:||Blue Moon Boys|
|1997 Winner:||Senator Dillwilly|
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Thursday, April 27
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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
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/Brian — Variety at AJ's Bar and Grill, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., no cover, 434-1980
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/Josh — Karaoke at Columbia Street West, Fort Wayne, 9:30 p.m., no cover, 422-5055
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/TJ — Variety at Chevvy's, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., ,
Karaoke w/Bucca — Variety at Wrigley Field Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 485-1038
Karaoke with Rooster — Variety at By: Belle Haven, South Whitley, 8 p.m., no cover, 866-716-9243
Shooting Star Prod. w/Stu — Variety at Office Tavern, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., no cover, 478-5827
Shut Up and Sing — Karaoke at Duesy's Sports Bar, Fort Wayne, 7-11 p.m., no cover, 483-5681
Three Rivers Karaoke — at Dupont Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., no cover, 483-1311
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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