CityJam to close out season with Fleetwood Mac tribute band


If you are one of the more than 45 million people who purchased a copy of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album, you might consider heading to downtown Seymour on Thursday night.

All of the music from that 1977 album will be performed by Rumours — A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac — along with other hits from the British-American rock band.

The Louisville, Kentucky-based band will take to the stage on East Second Street at 6 p.m. for the final Seymour CityJam concert of the summer.

The band has played around Kentuckiana and in cities such as Chicago, Indianapolis and New York, but this will mark its first time in Seymour.

Kimmet Cantwell, who plays the role of former Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks, said a CityJam organizer had seen the group perform at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville and thought it would be a good fit for the summer concert series in Seymour.

“Just connecting with some new faces and giving Seymour a good time,” Cantwell said of what the group is looking forward to with CityJam.

“From people that have been at our shows, we tend to hear that the vibe is happy and communal and just a really good time,” she said. “So we’d love it if Seymour attendees have that experience, too.”

Cantwell is joined by drummer Ray Rizzo as Mick Fleetwood, Todd Johnson and Danny Flanigan are the guitar and vocals of Lindsey Buckingham, Natalie Bajandas as Christine McVie and bassist Tim Halcomb as John McVie.

Bob Ramsey also is on board playing supplemental keyboards.

“To reproduce the sound of the studio albums as people are used to hearing it, more than one set of keys is required,” Cantwell said. “Ramsey is an amazing player, and we’re glad to have him.”

When the tribute band formed in 2010, each of the members had been performing musicians for many years, Cantwell said. She and Rizzo were in a national touring band years ago, and Halcomb and Flanigan are in a band called Danny Flanigan and The Rain Chorus.

The band initially formed to perform the “Rumours” album during an art festival.

“It was just to be two shows on one night at The Rudyard Kipling in Louisville,” Cantwell said. “It was a great night, and we began to get offers for other shows.”

All along, crowds have reacted well to hearing the Fleetwood Mac songs, she said.

“We now perform Mac songs from all eras of the band,” she said. “There are super Mac fans that know the material from before Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were in the band. We do some of that material, too. People refer to that as the ‘Peter Green era.’ Casual Mac fans love it, too. Those songs are a part of many people’s childhoods or young adulthood, and they have a strong connection to it.”

Cantwell said she didn’t realize how many songs on the “Rumours” album had been radio hits until she started with the tribute band.

“I think we’ve enjoyed exploring and analyzing these songs,” she said. “Fleetwood Mac has some very unusual songs, with solos in odd or atypical places, uneven numbers of lines/verses, layered harmonies, Mick’s unique drumming style. I’ve got a much bigger appreciation for Fleetwood Mac since we’ve started this. I’m a big fan now.”

People tend to like “Don’t Stop,” “The Chain” and “Go Your Own Way” since they are the most radio-played songs from the “Rumours” album, she said.

“Every song is great,” she said. “My personal favorite is ‘Never Going Back Again.’”

To those attending Thursday’s show in Seymour, Cantwell said they can expect to hear their favorite Fleetwood Mac tunes along with some hits from Stevie Nicks.

“And to see some dang good musicians, if I do say so myself,” she said. “Please sing along, y’all.”


If you go

What: Seymour CityJam featuring Rumours — A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: East Second Street between Indianapolis Avenue and Ewing Street in downtown Seymour (rain site is Knights of Columbus, 118 E. Second St.)

Cost: The concert is free, but food will be available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m.

CityJam raises money through sponsors and donations for Southern Indiana Center for the Arts.

Sponsors this year include The Tribune, JCB and Seymour Crossing.

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