The Trip set to rock Live at the Lake

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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There's nearly 1,700 miles of highway stretching between Orange County, California, and Dickinson County, Iowa, but it's well worth The Trip. The five members of rock cover band The Trip will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 3 in Preservation Plaza as part of the Live at the Lakes concert series in Arnolds Park. Band member Erik Johnson said this will be The Trip's first visit to the Lakes Area.

"We're looking forward to highlighting our summer with this little stint," he said.

The band's song list spans six decades and a fist full of genres with hits from Sinatra to Santana, Motley Crew to Modest Mouse and Whitesnake to Weezer. Johnson said the repertoire is something of a growing collection that's stuck with the band members over their 19 years together. He said the song list has been a strength for the band, opening opportunities to play decade-themed shows or simply fulfill a wider range of audience requests.

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The Trip was formed by members who split off from two bands in southern California's beach club scene during the late '90s. Today, the band continues to play for venues big and small. Johnson said crowds like those expected at Arnolds Park are often fulfilling as performers, and he feels the audience truly appreciates the music.

"You can just tell that everyone's there to listen intently, be involved and have fun," he said.

Johnson said the band plans to mainly focus on the realm of classic rock for the Arnolds Park crowd the '70s and '80s with a dab of '60s. He said the Lakes Area audience can expect to hear tunes from Boston, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi and Journey with maybe a few late Beatles hits.

"What we're going to focus on is classic rock songs that are impressive to play," Johnson said. "We do try to find stuff that maybe other bands may not be able to cover."

Johnson and Steve Fazio provide the guitar work during the shows. Mike Lewis plays drums and Steve Bonino is on bass. Each member can be called on for some vocal work as well, but Johnson said the group's main vocalist Seth Romano has been another strength since joining The Trip about five years ago.

"Seth has an amazing range, so we've been able to add songs that have a certain amount of virtuosity to them," Johnson said.

The Trip has shared the stage with names like Imagine Dragons, country star Keith Urban, Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The band's website says The Trip has even been booked for large corporate events by well-known companies like Disney, Microsoft and Sony Pictures just to name a few. While the corporate shows have helped cultivate the band's fame, Johnson said The Trip still enjoys rocking regional venues like Arnolds Park.

"For us, we really love playing to those kinds of crowds," he said. "We've played quite a few festivals where it's a lot of people, and it's just so gratifying to play in front of people who really enjoy it."

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