Local bands The Tares, Nancy to play reunion show June 15

The Tares performing on Dickson Street circa 1998 / Courtesy

A couple beloved local bands who have been on a bit of a hiatus for the past 20 years or so will reunite next weekend in Fayetteville.

The Tares and Nancy, two bands active during the heyday of JR’s Lightbulb Club in the late 90s/early 2000s, will perform together at Clapp Auditorium at Mount Sequoyah Center on Saturday, June 15.

The show came about around the time that Nancy reunited for a show at Kingfish in 2022. James Martin, who played bass in both bands, said talk of a Tares reunion started at that show.

“I think someone suggested it, and a group chat about it got fired up that night,” he said.

The Tares will perform with most of the players who ever performed with the band, including the handful of players that held down the bass guitar when they were active. Singer/guitarist Russell Cattaneo, who has lived in Colorado for the last several years, will be back in town for the performance, as will guitarist Dave Garrett, who recently moved back to Fayetteville from Austin. Drummer Marty Payton, bass players Dickie Pool and James Martin, and guitarist Mark Pickett (who also played bass briefly with the band) will all perform at the reunion show. Travis Kidd will also be making an appearance on lap steel.

Martin said Garrett recently moving back to Fayetteville made the show a little more logistically feasible, leaving only Cattaneo having to travel back to town for the Tares show.

Nancy is made up of singer Sean Chapman on vocals and guitar, James Katowich on guitar and backing vocals, James Cohea on drums, James Martin on bass, and Eric Johnson also on bass and guitar.

Nancy’s reunion was a little more tricky, Martin said, with Chapman, Johnson, and Katowich living outside of Fayetteville.

Martin said in addition to reuniting with the band, he’s looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends at the show.

“We’re thinking about it like a family reunion,” he said. “We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of people we haven’t seen in a long time.”

For those who aren’t familiar, or for those who are familiar and want to get ready for the show, both bands have music on Spotify (The Tares / Nancy).

Doors open at 6 p.m. Nancy is set to play at 7 p.m., and the Tares will take the stage at around 8 p.m. “If your trains on time, you can get to bed by nine,” guitarist Dave Garret said of the early start time for the show.

Tickets are $10, and all the proceeds will benefit local musician Paul Boatright of legendary Fayetteville band, Punkinhead, who has been battling cancer.

For a bit more info or to RSVP to the show, check out the Facebook event.