KR-3: Psychedelic Superheroes

One of my favorite shows as a kid was Captain Planet.  I was fascinated by the five friends from around the world working together for a common cause.  The Planeteers  came together to combat destruction and enlighten everyone and to protect the planet.  Each friend endorsed an element – earth, air, fire, water, and heart – and with their powers combined they could summon the superhero, proving that  a team is so much stronger than it’s individual parts.  KR-3, a “psychedelic jam rock band” from Wheeling, West Virginia, is also five friends who have “a supernatural ability to improvise together as one brain.”

Since starting, KR-3 has come a long way.  They have totaled more than 200 shows, from festivals to benefits to their very own east coast tour.  They’ve shared the stage with all sorts of artists such as Tim Reynolds from the Dave Matthews Band, The Pimps of Joytime, Rusted Root, and The Werks. Making music that is “mind-bending,” with a sound that is “soul grabbing,” the funky fivesome just put out a new album.

Ever expanding, KR-3’s latest experiment is entitled “Fractures and Sparks.” Put out on Perpetual Harmony Records, the nine-song nebula floats freely with their misty music.  Providing a happy haze, the album is in another atmosphere.  After all their recent accomplishments, KR-3 is now setting their bluesy sights on breaking a world record.

On May 24th and 25th at The Ville Music Festival at Clay’s Park Resort in North Lawrence, Ohio, KR-3 – Tim Boyd – Guitar/Vocals, Shane Lundy – Guitar/Vocals, Travis Hoard – Keys/Sax/Vocals, Ian Varlas – Bass, and Steve Fullerton – Drums will be rallying for the World Record Silent Disco.  This could be the first time a full band will be broadcast over headphones, with no amps or speakers.  The record-breaking begins on Sunday May 26th from 1 – 6 A.M.  Each individual in the band is an embodiment of entertainment, but with their powers combined, KR-3 has conjured a powerful entity.  You can see if these psychedelic superheroes are coming to your city here.

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