LA band with local connections
By Angie Landsverk
A band with a local connection will perform at the Gerold Opera House this month.
Peridot’s evening of music begins there at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19.
The band is made up of Hillary Reynolds, Trevor Jarvis and Marton Bisits.
Reynolds, an Appleton native, is the granddaughter of Ron Reynolds and niece of Marci Reynolds, both of Waupaca.
That is how Wega Arts connected with her.
“I know her through Marci and Ron and think she’s great,” said Kathy Fehl, artistic director of Wega Arts.
Fehl said the opera house will be the perfect venue for Peridot.
There will be unreserved general seating for the concert, with tickets $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
People may purchase advance tickets at wegaarts.org, as well as the Book Cellar in Waupaca and Wega Motors in Weyauwega.
The doors of the opera house open at 6 p.m. that evening.
The Gerold features a full bar and light refreshments.
Reynolds attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she began recording her own music.
She has several CDs under her own name, others with her former band the Hillary Reynolds Band and some with her current evolution of that band, Peridot.
Peridot is based out of Los Angeles, which is where Reynolds lives.
“We marry folk songs with pop melodies, drawing inspiration from elusive emotions that we all feel, but often struggle to articulate,” Reynolds said of Peridot’s music. “Some of our sonic influences are The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, Ray LaMontagne and Nickel Creek.”
She said they love writing and recording with acoustic instruments.
Reynolds and Jarvis have been writing together for years.
“At the Gerold Opera House, we’ll be sharing a timeline of songs, old and brand new,” Reynolds said. “It will be a fun evening of wine and nostalgia.”
Peridot has been in Los Angeles for the last year, recording, performing and writing.
“One of the sweeter gigs we’ve had recently was playing for a proposal on the beach. We’ve also started all kinds of other projects – one being a bluegrass collective with a combination of players from the LA and Sacramento area,” she said. “Peridot will likely be back to Wisconsin in August for Mile of Music.”
Wega Arts is also preparing to host the Last Big Band on Saturday, May 19.
The band is based out of Green Bay, and Fehl said the evening will feature a lot of dancing.
“We’re happy to have them here, because everyone loves to come here and dance,” she said.
In early July, Wega Arts will hold its third film workshop.
“This one will again be a workshop with the kids,” Fehl said. “It will be a narrative feature, and it will be based on a farm.”
The film workshop will be open to youth age 12 and up.
Those interested in participating may receive more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 920-867-4888.
The Gerold Opera House is located at 136 E. Main St., in Weyauwega.