The Glendale Riders
If you’re going to play in Godfrey, you better have a fiddle in the band.
At least, that is the way the Glendale Riders look at things. Apparently the area agrees, as the country band will fill the 6 p.m. slot during the Alton Wood River Sportsmen’s Club 2nd annual Coors Light Music Fest.
“I think that is what sets us apart…Jared (Bensman)’s capabilities with the fiddle, as well as with lead guitar,” founding member Steve Schwegel, who plays guitar and performs vocal duties said.
Schwegel, along with brothers Jeff Bensman (guitar and vocals) and Jim Bensman (drums and vocals) and bassist Chris Hammann will perform at the annual festival. Jared is somewhat of a musical prodigy, playing with the band since the young age of 13.
The group performs a variety of country and southern rock covers, both old and new. Fan favorite cuts from Alabama and Charlie Daniels always get the crowds going, Schwegel says, and the camaraderie onstage spills over into the audience.
“We are all very close friends,” he said. “When we are performing it is really like playing with your best friends. If you are having that much fun, it feeds off the stage and into the people you are playing for.”
Next Saturday’s show will be the band’s second appearance at the club’s music festival.
“Last year’s show was in the top three experiences for me in playing music,” Schwegel said. “We were right in the middle of the party, and this year’s performance has the potential to be the biggest show we have ever done.”
For more information on the 2014 Coors Light Music Fest and to order tickets, visit www.coorslightmusicfest.com.
The Glendale Riders also will be playing Oktoberfest in St. Charles, Mo. On Sept. 28, and St. Mary’s Church Oktoberfest in Alton on Oct. 10. For more information on the band, visit www.theglendaleriders.com.