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Arch Allies to perform Nov. 30: Concert features music of Styx, Journey and REO at Civic Center

Arch Allies, a Styx, Journey and REO cover band, takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

Kevin Todd is one of the founding members of Arch Allies and plays lead guitar. He said the band, based out of the Twin Cities, plays just about every hit song from the three popular rock bands’ repertoire. He started playing guitar when he was 9 years old and played in his first band when he was 11.

Arch Allies started six years ago, Todd said.

“At the time I was part of a straight Journey tribute band,” he said.

The Journey tribute band had an opening act, a Styx tribute band. Todd said sometimes not all the members of the opening band would show up, so he and some of the other players from the Journey tribute band would play with the opening act.

“It made sense to combine the two bands into one,” he said.

The band named itself after the Arch Allies tour that Journey, Styx and REO went on in the 1990s.

Todd said all the members of the band also have a part-time job or a full-time one.

“But, we all have great employers who give us time off to go on tour,” he said.

Arch Allies is usually a weekend gig during the colder times of year, but in the summer it is a full-time job, Todd said.

“We tour all over the country. We’ve played in Washington (state), Florida, Nevada, Kansas, Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, and of course, Minnesota,” he said.

The band has played in North Dakota before, and Todd said they are looking forward to playing in Jamestown.

“We’ve played a lot out there (in North Dakota),” he said.

Todd said it’s hard for him to pick his favorite Journey, Styx or REO song, but his favorite Journey song to play is “Who’s Crying Now.”

“We added a guitar solo on the end. It gives me a chance to stretch out and really play the guitar,” he said.

Todd said he thinks the Jamestown Civic Center will be a good place to perform and he’s not nervous about crowd size.

“We’ve performed in front of crowds of 50 people up to a crowd of 35,000. All we worry about is putting on a good show,” he said.

Tickets for the Jamestown show are available at the Civic Center box office, at Cork & Barrel, 1902 8th Ave. SW, or by calling 252-4835. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The concert is open to all ages; doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the concert at 8:30 p.m. The Jamestown Civic Center is located at 212 3rd Ave. NE.

For more information about the band, including the group’s play list for its concerts, go to www.archal

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at

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