Band puts groove into basketball games

Published 10:38 pm Monday, February 28, 2022

BY GRACIE FIELDS
STAR CORRESPONDENT
As Elizabethton High School students looked for a way to liven the basketball games and pep rallies, they turned towards a musical solution.
Their solution resulted in the creation of Baldy and the Crabsticks. Consisting of five students, four of whom are currently enrolled in the band, the Crabsticks perform a wide variety of music.
“We just play a big mixture of the kind of music everyone likes. It’s very improvisational,” says Luke Hale, the band’s pianist.
The name originated from the group bouncing ideas off of each other, and finally settled on their current name. The band collectively agreed that they wanted a name that would stick out and be off the wall.
They started just as any other cliche band, practicing in the garages of their homes. “It was just a fun experience to have that kind of environment and experience,” says Ethan Horton, trumpet player.
From their time playing the basketball games, they suddenly received a wealth of attention. “We really don’t have a genre we fit into. We all enjoy fun and energetic music as well as classic rock,” says Jakeb Hardin, the lead guitarist.
As a result of their popularity, they were able to book their first gig at Jiggy Ray’s, in downtown Elizabethton. “We are so excited to show more of the community what we can do,” says Randall Chinault, the drummer.
“This is our first big gig, so we’re really excited. We all hope to perform more once the opportunity arises,” says Hardin.
Anyone interested in having them perform can contact them through Instagram at baldyandthecrabsticks. Their rates can fluctuate between $10 to $12 an hour, depending on the event.
“We’re so happy to share our music and can’t wait to expand our talent,” says Hayden Culbert, a guitarist.

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