Blair bands The Agiles and A Place in Time find success playing at bigger venues
Shortly after 6 p.m., the band takes the stage at the 9:30 Club. Their sound check is enough to make their front-row fans to erupt in cheers. But they aren't a big rock band performing a gig on a national tour. They are The Agiles, a self-described alternative rock band made up of mostly members from Blair.
Basement beginningsAccording to junior Jabari Goulbourne, A Place in Time's bassist, the band, which includes junior Duong Glover, sophomore Kevin Nahn, and three other members from Springbrook and Northwood, came together in mid-2009 after several other local bands broke up. A Place in Time started playing small shows at venues in Mt. Airy and Baltimore in the months that followed. Despite the location of their shows, the band was still successful in building up a local fan base.
A big break
Despite initially slow ticket sales, Goulbourne says that the show was a success thanks to enthusiastic fans that made the trip to Baltimore. The band says it was one of the biggest shows they've played. It won't be their last, either. A Place in Time already has plans for another Sonar show in February.
Even without another Blair band to support them at the 9:30 Club, The Agiles appear calm in the minutes before they take stage. Donahue manages to squeeze in some last-minute guitar tuning by the bar, able to concentrate despite the loud riffs from the band that is just wrapping up its set. Despite their experience, Koempel says that all of the members get nervous performing. Donahue jokingly announces that he might just pee his pants.
Goulbourne said that A Place in Time doesn't have to deal with nerves before performances, even at bigger performances. "We never get nervous. We all feel like we can do anything when we get up on stage in front of a lot of people who love our music," he says.
If the Agiles were worried, it wasn't apparent by the time they started their 20-minute set. By their second song, the members couldn't help but grin as a group of screaming Blazers in the front row reached for them. Koempel, Donahue and Holton-Henshaw jumped around while playing guitar and Kelly became a crowd favorite when he took a break from drumming to play the accordion.
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