BROOKSVILLE — A familiar Hernando County garage band has recently undergone a makeover.
For the past five years, Southern Thunder plied its trade in night spots from Citrus County to Tampa, cranking out high-energy tunes that made people feel like dancing the night away.
All of that is still true, says band founder and bassist Aron Sword. On Saturday the group, now dubbed the Wanted Band, will headline the Bandshell Bash at Hernando Park in downtown Brooksville.
"We're excited because we've been working on a lot of new songs that I think people are going to like," Sword said. In addition to its covers of classic Southern rock bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers and the Outlaws, the band has expanded its repertoire to include newer music from acts such as Sublime, Jackyl and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Said Sword, "We do the ABC's of rock 'n' roll — alternative, blues, classic rock. The stuff everybody loves no matter what they grew up listening to."
Sword admits that it's a challenge keeping a garage band together these days. Members of his last group resided all over the Tampa Bay area, making it difficult to schedule rehearsals and even some gigs.
To form Wanted, Sword put ads on Craigslist and began interviewing local musicians to fill the slots. The band, which includes lead guitarist Kevin Mercier, rhythm guitarist Mike Kaczynski and drummer Larry Gettis has a unique musical chemistry, said Sword.
"Everybody has a different background, but somehow it all works out," he said. "The most important thing is that it's fun for all of us. When you get to play the music you really love, there's nothing better."
Logan Neill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 848-1435.