'ASAP' rocks SL Oktoberfest

Monday, September 14, 2009

Popular Omaha-based cover band A.S.A.P has been tapped to perform at the first Storm Lake Oktoberfest event, scheduled for Saturday, October 15 in downtown Storm Lake.

The street party will be Saturday, Sept. 19, and is an attempt by the Storm Lake United Retail Team to extend the Thanks with Franks and Fall Festival into a weekend-long activity, according to representative Mike Dierks.

Plans are shaping up to hold a German cooking contest before the band starts at 8. There will be food and beverages outdoors.

A.S.A.P. members say their unusual name has no particular meaning. having a blast and letting loose. They members let loose and have a blast from the first tune out of the box.

They say they know the grind their blue-collar audiences face, and they play to offer an escape. "We all need a night out, a relaxed atmosphere to unwind and let loose," they say.

They play hits from the past 30 years, and stress danceability.

The idea for ASAP was originally hatched in late 2006, and the band still retains two of the three original members in bass player Troy Fulfs from Council Bluffs and guitar player and backup singer Matt Korzmo, formerly of Compression. In 2008, Steve Hatfield came on board as lead singer, after starring in bands like RPM and Fusion. Drummer Rich Barmettler came over from Omaha band Identity Thieves, and David Boyer, a young artist with roots in classical and jazz music, rounded out the sound on guitars and vocals.

The band has undergone several personnel changes and settled into its own skin. From its inception, the underlying idea was to play music that everybody knew and loved, and to not take things too seriously.

During any given show you may hear songs from Bon Jovi, Robert Palmer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, Metallica, Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls, ZZ Top, Rick Springfield, Motley Crue, Ozzy, AC/DC, Duran Duran, Rolling Stones and many more.