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Band left Texas, jobs to bring music home to Maiden Rock, Midwest

MAIDEN ROCK--Members of the band "Kazyak" have had some bright ideas since they've been playing music together the last six years, but they're really beginning to see the light.

Like many young adults, Jed Anderson, Peter Frey and Danny Vitali wanted to get away from home once they graduated in 2008 from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., where they'd met, Vitali said Thursday. They considered a lot of cities before it was suggested they try Austin, Tex.

"Austin's the self-proclaimed music capital," Frey said, adding it's ranked among the five best youngest cities to live in.

While Vitali said they're still glad they went to the Texas town, for reasons including it was where they finished their newly released album, the trio is now back in the Upper Midwest. Last week, they got what they call their "micro tour" going with a concert at Cabana Jo's in Prescott.

"Our tour is a little different than other bands'...we travel one or two weeks of the month, then come home," said Flor Trevino, a Texas transplant who's providing promotional support for the band (she has experience in radio-TV and journalism).

Already, the group has 25 shows lined up, Frey said. They were to appear at the Waterfront Bar and Grill in Menomonie Saturday and at a release party for their CD "A Beautiful Brontosaurus" in Eau Claire Friday.

Read more in the print version oof the Herald Sept. 1.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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