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Sugar Grove native brings classics to ‘Groovin’ in the Grove’

Tyler Krienitz to close out summer music series Sept. 13

SUGAR GROVE – It would be ungrammatical and somewhat unfair to say that Tyler Krienitz “Don’t Come Around Here No More.”

The former Sugar Grove resident hasn’t performed in Sugar Grove recently, but that’s not by choice, but more because of a lack of live performance venues in the village. Still, he’s often performing nearby in Elburn, Yorkville and other neighboring communities.

He’ll finally be back in Sugar Grove on Sept. 13, though, and he’s bringing his full band to back him at Groovin’ in the Grove behind the Sugar Grove Library for the final free music performance of the summer, which is sponsored by the Sugar Grove Arts and Entertainment Committee.

“I used to play at the old RoundUp a lot when they were open,” he said. “And I used to do open mics there every Thursday and used to play Bliss Creek/Open Range every once in a while when they used to have an open mic. That was one of my first opens mics. I used to go to just get that experience of playing somewhere.”

Exposed to music at a young age, Krienitz became a huge Tom Petty fan right away. The shy, quiet kid in school wasn’t keen on talking, but he had no problem singing in front of his peers. Who else asks their second-grade teacher if they can sing a Tom Petty song to the class and then goes up there and nails it?

“Tom Petty was a big influence and my dad has always been a big Tom Petty fan,” he said. “He got me into Petty really early, like pre-kindergarten. That was a big early influence. I used to sing in front of my class. That was the first time I really performed. I was pretty shy until it came to singing. I always loved singing. I hate talking in front of people but I can perform all day.”

While he won’t be performing an all-night party at Groovin’ in the Grove, folks can expect quite a show from the 2009 Kaneland alum, who has released four albums of original material, but also has many great covers in his arsenal.

“We’re looking forward to it,” he said. “Playing with my full band, it should be a good time. They contacted me looking for a band that did more originals and that’s right up my alley. When I play bars and restaurants and stuff, I do a lot of covers because that’s what people want to hear and then I’ll sprinkle in those originals. We’ll see. We’re hoping for a good turnout and that the weather is good.”

It’s standard practice to describe a musician/band by taking national acts and piecing them together, such as, “He’s like Falco, but with Megadeth along with Chicago’s horn section from the 1970s serving as his backing band and helping him release new records like he’s Bob Pollard.”

That’s definitely not Krienitz, but could you imagine what that band would sound like?

“I’ve heard a lot of different stuff, but probably the ones I get most, at least vocally, are John Lennon and Tom Petty. I also get James Taylor, which I don’t understand,” he said. “I also get Bob Dylan and actually Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins, but that’s just vocally. Musically, I usually get The Tallest Man on Earth and Townes Van Zandt, and even still Tom Petty is such a big influence as well as Bob Dylan.”

The 28-year-old North Aurora resident, whose parents still live in Sugar Grove, started playing guitar at age 10. He thanks his dad for exposing him to different kinds of music. Those influences can be heard in all of his songs.

“My dad also played guitar so there were always guitars around the house,” he said. “I performed a little bit in high school, but it really started after I graduated. I would play anywhere I could with open mics. That’s how I got my start and it progressed like that.”

While many spend a lifetime, “Runnin’ Down A Dream,” it appears as if Krienitz is living it every time he performs.

If You Go:

WHO: The Tyler Krienitz Band, featuring Ryan Cooper on bass, Kyle Cooper on drums and Charles Cain on keyboard.

WHERE: Behind the Sugar Grove Library, 125 Municipal Dr.

WHEN: 7 p.m., Sept. 13

COST: Free

INFO: Open lawn seating. Bring blankets, chairs, your dancing shoes and your own drinks. Alcohol is permitted. Food trucks will also be on-site.

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