The Fries Band Premieres in Musicians’ Benefit Concerts Hosted by Piqua Arts Council
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PIQUA - The coronavirus pandemic negatively impacted artists of all mediums this past year, especially musicians. More than $150,000 in entertainment budgets for Miami and Montgomery County nonprofits wasn't spent in 2020. Over the past year, nonprofits were unable to host events and support musicians. This does not include the countless opportunities in restaurants and music venues across Miami and Montgomery Counties that were removed from musicians. The economic impact spills over into multiple other areas including restaurants, hotels, parking, and more. One of our main goals with this program is making sure musicians know they're valued and appreciated by helping them regain some of their lost revenue from 2020.

The second concert of the video concert series premieres Friday, May 7, at 7 p.m. with a performance from The Fries Band. The Fries Band started out in Dayton, Ohio 1989 as an acoustic trio called “The French Fries”, which consisted of 3 acoustic guitars and 3 vocals composed of Gary Knight, Pat McKeown, and James Taylor. Over the years the trio has evolved into the full band they are today, and occasionally still play as a trio called "A Side of Fries".

They have famously become known as the "premier vocal band" in the Dayton area. They focus on very tight 3, 4, & 5 part vocal harmonies that are primarily driven by acoustic guitars with keyboard, bass & drums. They have been entertaining all over the West Central Ohio area and beyond for the past 31 years with their unique and engaging treatment of popular and obscure cover songs from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. They blend their complex vocal harmonies driven by acoustic guitars with keyboards, bass, and drums to re-create very distinctive musical
arrangements of bands like Crosby Stills Nash & Young, America, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, and more. The band is now composed of Gary Knight, Peter Price, Matt Scholp, Henry Mays, and Steve Phelps with Gary King as their sound man. They have opened up for many national acts, such as: Kansas, The Guess Who, Gladys Knight, Mick Fleetwood with Billy Thorpe and Bekka Bramlett, Foghat with Lonesome Dave, Henry Lee Summer, The Dixie Dregs, Gary Richrath from REO Speedwagon, Martina McBride, 1964 as the Beatles, and many

“When selecting bands for the program, I wanted to include a wide variety of sounds. I knew The Fries Band would be a perfect fit with a goal to bring in some real classic hits,” stated Piqua Arts Council’s Executive Director Jordan Knepper. “The group is composed of multiple talented musicians, and their harmonies are always on point.”


These concerts will continue to be hosted virtually on the Piqua Arts Council’s Facebook and Youtube pages, Indian Nation Station’s Youtube page and Piqua Channel 5. They premiere at 7 p.m. every Friday, that began April 30 and ending June 4. All funds raised for the Musicians’ Benefit Concerts will go directly to the bands.

You can donate to your local musicians, like The Fries Band, today on our webpage at

Support the cause by becoming a sponsor for the event as an Executive Producer, Producer, Director or Cast Member and receive promotional benefits that range from listings in the opening & closing credits, to your logo in the Piqua Arts Council Newsletter, to a private performance by a band benefitting from the fund; or donate freely. 100% of sponsorship dollars raised go straight to musicians!

The Musicians’ Benefit Concert videos were paid for by grants from The Piqua Community Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and Neil’s A. & Ruth Lundgard Foundation. Our official media partners are the Indian Nation Station, WPTW Classic Hits, Miami Valley Today, Troy Public Access TV, Power 107.1 and WYSO out of Yellowsprings.

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The Fries Band.