Kopecky Family Band
- Article by: Chelsea Lankes; Photos by Chelsea Lankes
- Posted: 08/01/2011
Thursday night at 12th and Porter, the AC was out in the lounge, and the heat of that muggy night seemed inescapable as the crowd continued to grow, just waiting for the doors to open. But on this hot summer evening, the anticipation for some cool air was only a faint buzz in comparison to the thirst for a Kopecky Family Band experience.
A Thousand Horses kicked things off at about 9:30 p.m. and left eardrums ringing. With a mixture of The Black Crowes and Lynyrd Skynyrd, this band’s version of rock ‘n’ roll was the perfect platform for the party the Kopecky Family Band was about to bring to the stage.
Once the set change was complete, the crowd immediately drew closer to the front. Lead singers Gabe and Kelsey intoxicated the room with harmonies as the band followed with complex layers creating an undeniable euphoria. The impressive part about KFB is that they somehow strike a balance between cohesiveness and individuality. You may not know any one of the members from the band, but throughout the set, each member gets a chance to shine. The element of equality among members makes each show a family reunion to which everyone is invited.
Gabe and Kelsey (vocals) along with Corey (bass), Markus (cello) and David (drums) played a game of musical chairs. To create a fuller sound, they incorporated trumpets and extra percussion and alternated between lead vocals. Every unexpected element was a party favor filled with ear candy.
The band played songs from their first album, The Disaster, and their more recent project, Of Epic Proportions. Songs like “Birds” and “Howlin’ at the Moon” stuck out as highlights of their set. With fresh chord changes and unexpected melodic twists, Kopecky continually captivated their audience.
This Nashville family may not be related by blood, but they are knit together by a completely original take on music. The pure joy they emote while on stage is infectious and refreshing. This band captures the bond that music can create and has the unique ability to share that with their audience. If Nashville is a community, then this band is the essence of it. These artists create a home away from home on the stage, and that unadulterated love for music and performance is what will keep audiences coming back night after sweltering summer night.