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Saving Abel to play Civic Center Saturday

Rock band Saving Abel will be at the Jamestown Civic Center on Saturday. Guitarists Jason Null, left, and Scott Bartlett, singer Scotty Austin, bassist Eric Taylor and drummer Steven Pulley take the stage at 8 p.m. (Photo courtesy / Saving Abel)

The rock group Saving Abel will take to the stage Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center, with opening acts Blacklite District, 3 Years Hollow and Trash the Brand.

Tickets are $15 in advance and may be purchased at the Civic Center office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Tickets are $20 Saturday and will be sold at the door.

The first act opens at 6:30 p.m. with Saving Abel performing at 8 p.m.

Scotty Austin, lead singer for Saving Abel, said the band’s sound, at its heart, is Southern rock, with influences of active (modern) rock.

“To me it’s like home,” Austin said. Austin is from Parsons, Tenn., which is near the Tennessee and Mississippi border, near where most of the other band members grew up.

Austin has been singing with Saving Abel since late December when the group’s former lead singer, Jared Weeks, and drummer Michal McManus left to pursue solo careers. Austin, who was singing with Trash the Brand, one of the bands opening for Saving Abel, was asked to join Saving Abel. Another drummer, Steven Pulley, joined the group at the same time.

Austin said Saving Abel’s tour has brought the band to many North Dakota locations including Minot, Williston and Dickinson. He said so far the band is getting positive reactions from North Dakotans attending the shows.

“The people we’ve met here are amazing,” he said. “They’re supportive of music and each other. It reminds me of everybody back home, good people who like good music.”

The band formed in 2004 and has made three albums over the last 10 years. Austin said the group will be taking some time off in April to record an EP, which stands for “Extended Play.” An EP is a recording that contains more than one song, but not as many as a full album. The band just completed a new single, “Love like Suicide,” and is releasing the single as a free download from the band’s website, www.savingabel.com.

Songs the group recorded in the past that people might recognize are “Addicted,” “18 days,” “Drowning,” “Stupid Girl” and “Sex is Good.”

Austin said if people can’t make it to the show Saturday, the band has an active Facebook page and the band members update the page themselves. Go to www.facebook.com/savingabel to access the page.

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at colson@jamestownsun.com

Chris Olson

Hometown: Traverse City, MI College: Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University

(701) 952-8454
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