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Unique SL band set to kick off R&R

Thursday, March 30, 2006

The rock band 'Two and a Half' is a perfect fit to play in this Year's "Rock and Remember" show, which will be played over the next two weekends.

A power trio - guitar, bass and drums - 'Two and a Half' is just as much about remembering as it is about playing rock and roll.

"We cover a lot of the old, classic rock bands like Steppenwolf, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Iron Butterfly," said lead singer and guitarist Steve Bovero, who lives in Truesdale.

The band also plays a number of original songs as well as a few R&B songs like, 'Ain't No Sunshine,' the classic '70s song by Bill Withers.

'Two and a Half' will open Rock and Remember from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. this Saturday night at Laney's Corral in Newell. The band comes on again at 7 p.m. and will play for another hour.

"It's always a fun show to do," Bovero said. "We get to see a lot of old friends who have been in bands around the area for years. It's great to get together and reminisce about the old days."

"It's also for a good cause in that it raises funds for school music programs."

Bovero is the band's songwriter, lead vocalist and lead guitarist. Doug Adams plays bass and Bovero's son, 12-year-old Tyler, is the resident prodigy on the drums.

"When we play in the area, a lot of people come just to see a 12-year old play the drums the way Tyler does," Bovero said.

Tyler started drumming after his dad bought him a drum set when he was just eight years old. He's been playing with the band for two years.

"Tyler was just a natural at it," Steve said. "When he gets his turn for drum solos, he can do some pretty amazing things for his age."

Now 53, Steve Bovero, a a native of Ogden, Utah, has been playing bands since he was in his teens. In 1976 he and his band 'Patchwork' spent an entire year on the road touring the U.S.

Since he moved to Iowa, he's played in a number of bands, including 'Fire and Ice,' which once opened for Herman's Hermit's, a short-lived but highly successful British Invasion band of the mid-60s.

Besides Bovero, other members of 'Fire and Ice' were Tim Horsemam, Jerry Kruse and Rob Brisboy

According to Bovero, 'Two and a Half' has enough original material for a CD, and will record that later this year in a studio owned by Kruse.

The band has been together for about two years, Bovero said, and with the addition of Tyler, has moved on to playing more current covers as well as the oldies.

"We've done covers of songs by INXS, 'Better Than Ezra' and Los Lonely Boys," Steve Bovero said. "In some of our shows, we'll combine a Santana song like "Evil Ways," and then go into a song by Los Lonely Boys," he added.

The updating may be partly because of Tyler, who knows as many Nickelback and Green Day songs as Lynyrd Skynyrd or Aerosmith tunes.

"I like a lot of the alternative music, like some of the songs on KBVU radio (the Buena Vista University station)," Tyler said.

As a drummer, some of Tyler's influences include the late John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, Eric Montgomery of 'Trapped" and Neal Peart from '70s progressive rockers Rush.

Over the last couple of years, 'Two and a Half' have played all over BV County and beyond. They've had gigs at Brewster's in Storm Lake and have played in Cherokee, Early, Aurelia and Everly.

Playing and traveling is old hat for Steve, but he still enjoys playing rock and roll and writing original songs, he said.

Tyler, meanwhile, is following in his dad's footsteps.

"I just love playing," Tyler said. "And our band has been looking forward to this weekend for a quite a while."