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Live Music: The AlterNatives
From 1-24-15: Live music from, a group of 12 and 13 year old friends Winston Bell (sax/bass), Desmond Rucker (drums), Henry Schultz (keyboard) and Philippa Zang (guitar/vocals), formerly The Swag Monkeys and now known as The AlterNatives.
Driving into town,I was scanning radio stations for tunes and kept hearing the same crud. Then I heard what I thought was Patti Smith. I was very happy with that, and turned up the volume. Funny, I had never heard this tune before.it sounded like “early” Patti, and was very good. Then, to my amazement, I found out it was a group I had never heard of before, playing live, and the singer said she was 13 years old and had been writing and singing for some time. This I could not believe. She was great and the band sounded fantastic. Totally original, clever, and tight. I found out later, again to my amazement, that this was the group I had seen last year at Art All night. I had been looking for them on line ever since, but could not find them anywhere. At Art All Night I ran to get my friend to come see this group. We both loved the sound they were putting out. This band is really really cool, and I enjoy them so much. The first and last songs they play on this show are amazingly good. I congratulate them on their talent and vision. Well done.