Relay for Life to feature Roustabout and Remony


Roustabout, one of two bands to be featured during the Relay for Life on Saturday, June 8, includes members (kneeling) Chris Kauffman and (standing, from left) Justin Barker, Joey Spiegel and Bob Thompson. Photo provided.

Roustabout and The Remony, both Huntington bands, will perform during the Huntington County Relay for Life on Saturday, June 8.

Roustabout will bring its acoustic folk sound to the Edward Jones Stage at Kriegbaum Field from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

The Remony, a pop rock group, will play from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Roustabout members Bob Thompson, Joey Spiegel, Chris Kauffman and Justin Barker both play original music and cover a diverse set of artists ranging from the Avett Brothers to Death Cab for Cutie.

In addition to the vocal harmonies, band members accompany themselves on guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, upright and electric and light percussion.

This is the second consecutive year Roustabout has performed at Relay for Life.

"As a band, we try to play any charity event that we can," Spiegel says. "We all work for nonprofits so we understand how important it is to give back."

The Remony was founded in 2012 by Jason Best, Mike Pattengale, Josh Wenning, Jordan Brown and Troy Whonsetler to fill a spot at Huntington University's Fandana music festival. The band decided to stay together after the festival.

Immediately after the festival, The Remony recorded its debut single, "Brace Yourself," followed by a five-song album, "A Lot to Learn."

"The concept behind ‘A lot To Learn' was actually born while I was watching the news back in the spring of 2012," Best says. "Three stories came on back to back about sex trafficking in United States, the Kony 2012 film and the ongoing ‘Occupy Wall Street' demonstrations. My immediate thought was that our generation likes to talk a lot but lacks a sense of action. We're complaining about the issues but taking no initiative to change them. ‘A Lot To Learn' is a charge to our generation to be the change."

The Remony continues to perform and is planning another record.

Relay for Life kicks off on Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m. and continues through the night. For information, contact Sally Grimes at saggrimes@yahoo.com or 358-6614.