Alternative rock band to perform at Pocket Park

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BIG RAPIDS — Creating music is a lot like the game Tetris, said Devin Vargo, vocalist and guitarist of City Sun. The sounds created will eventually build off each other and sometimes work, and sometimes it doesn’t.

Vargo said there’s no single process to creating because he can’t always start with the same things. Most of the time it’s just Vargo playing his guitar and stumbling on a sound he likes. Eventually the band builds off the sound, and a song is born.

The alternative rock band will perform from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, in the Pocket Park music series.

“Eventually I come up with a topic about myself or that’s external that I want to talk about,” said Vargo, 22, of Niles. “We play alternative rock, but there’s always the thought of pushing it a little further to incorporate more electronic sound. We want to mix genres together.”

The band’s original name, Tuxedos, was changed for legal reasons after its creation three years ago. Vargo said there was another band, Tuxedo, that they wanted to avoid sharing a name with, especially when their performances went from covers to original songs.

The name City Sun was born when Vargo and Nathan Seifferly, City Sun’s drummer, played with the idea that they’re “sons

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of the city,” Vargo said.

“Nathan and I met freshman year at Ferris State University,” Vargo said. “We lived in the same dorm, and on move-in day there was an evacuation because the fire alarm kept going off. He was outside drumming, and then we became friends.”

It might be City Sun’s first time performing in the Pocket Park music series, but the band is no stranger to Big Rapids – they’ve performed at Raven Brewing & BBQ, Cranker’s Coney Island and the Bloom Music Festival.

Vargo received a phone call in late April asking if the band would like to perform in the summer series, and they jumped on the chance because they’re “always psyched” to play a show, Vargo said.

“Two years ago I would’ve said my favorite part of performing is the energy that comes out of it and the theatrics of the show,” Vargo said. “After playing more, I like the people and watching them have a good time. It’s their way of getting away from everything, and we build relationships with the people we meet.”

 

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Posted by Brianne Twiddy

Brianne can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8365 or by e-mail at btwiddy@pioneergroup.com.

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