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Take A Ride with JOYRIDE

From your seat, or the dance floor or the table!

It takes quite an effort to stay still or seated when the three local men and one woman who comprise Joyride hit the stage. Lead vocalist Robin Siemens belts out her renditions of some of Heart’s best, along with new and old country songs that stir the soul, alternative tunes and raucous rock ‘n’ roll on occasion.

In their case, it’s true some things get better with age, and it’s been a good ride for original band members Mark Arbuckle and Scott Stillwell who began as Lee’s Summit High School buddies in the band Nightfall. Scott is a 1979 graduate, and Mark graduated in 1980. Mark’s wife, Nancy, who does public relations for the band, graduated from LSHS in 1981. She enjoys graphic arts as her hobby, and personally designed the logo for her husband’s band.

They renamed the band Joyride after they welcomed Robin, their new lead vocalist, and when Pat, the drummer, came on board.

“We met Robin through my wife Nancy’s co-worker, and Robin went to Winnetonka High School with Pat Rowland, our drummer,” Mark says. “We are currently playing at Konrad’s in Lee’s Summit, Joe’s Standard in Blue Springs and Smithville VFW. We like to play everywhere, and we just try to play good music that people will want to listen and dance to. I was influenced by many guitar players, but listened to a lot of Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith and Queen.”

Mark plays guitar and is on vocals, and Scott plays bass and is also on vocals. The group meshes and the energy is palpable.

“My grandfather was a fiddle player on several records in the ’50s and ’60s. That’s what made me pick up the violin as my first instrument,” Scott says. “Lee’s Summit’s music program is what really made me grow as a musician, both in vocal and instrumental music. And my grand uncle was a guitarist.”

Robin credits ’80s rock bands as her influence, along with old school country.

“My father turned me onto music, and I enjoy playing everywhere,” Robin says. “Especially lakeside, with a bunch of boat-loving, beer drinking, fun-loving people that stop by throughout the poker run!”

“My family loved music,” Patrick, who rocks to rock ‘n’ roll from the ’50s up to today, says. “The first concert I went to, my mother took my sister and I to see Elvis. I think I was 10 at the time. My influencers were jazz greats like Buddy Rich and Louie Belson, to the great rock drummers Neil Peart, John Bonham and Keith Moon. I always have a lot of fun when I see people dancing while we’re playing.”

All have “real” day jobs, but the band is their inspiration and passion. Take a look at their website and make plans to see one of their concerts. As they describe it, a joyride is a brief, emotionally exciting interlude. Hear it. Feel it. Move it. Repeat.

Go ahead, take a ride with Joyride. And let their music move you.

Visit Facebook.com/JoyrideKC for more information and the band’s schedule.