Wed­nes­day, it’s gotta be Bar Stars

> Hosts rel­ish good time play­ing with ‘he­roes, leg­ends’

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - News - By Michael Don­ahue

don­ahue@com­mer­cialap­peal.com

Jeremy Stan­fill played drums in his first band, a surf-rock in­stru­men­tal group called The Mys­te­ri­ous Comics, at age 8.

“I had some leop­ard-skin jam pants, Vans, ‘Life’s a Beach’ Bad Boys Club flip-up hat and a Rude Dog tank top,” he said. “We were huge into the Ven­tures and all that stuff.”

“I didn’t even like mu­sic at 8 years old,” said Nick Red­mond.

Stan­fill and Red­mond now are the hosts of Bar Stars, a con­cert/open mike night on Wed­nes­days at Neil’s.

Stan­fill left mu­sic af­ter The Mys­te­ri­ous Comics and got into BMX bike racing. Beginning at age 6, Red­mond trained in gym­nas­tics — high bar, par­al­lel bars, vault, floor and rings — in hopes of be­ing in the Olympics.

Those sports stopped when Stan­fill and Red­mond were in their mid­dle teens.

Stan­fill be­gan Crip­pled Na­tion when he was 14.

For Red­mond, mu­sic beck­oned at age 16. Gym­nas­tics “re­ally kind of ended when I found a gui­tar in my dad’s closet,” Red­mond said. “It was an old beat-up Al­varez.”

Even though he didn’t know Stan­fill, Red­mond was a fan of Crip­pled Na­tion.

“I just have a the­ory that most bands start­ing out in Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, were prob­a­bly if not di­rectly in­flu­enced by Crip­pled Na­tion were just try­ing to flat-out be like them,” he said. Red­mond even­tu­ally formed his first band, Hy­brid, a new metal group.

Richard But­ler started Bar Stars about a year and a half ago. Orig­i­nally, it was hosted by Bran­don McGovern, Van Duren and Stan­fill.

“It’s kind of like an open mike to show­case song­writ­ers and tal­ent,” Stan­fill said.

McGovern re­peat­edly asked Red­mond to join them on stage Wed­nes­day nights at Neil’s. “I fi­nally did and I was sur­rounded by my he­roes — leg­ends, in my mind,” Red­mond said.

Red­mond now is in Star and Micey, and Stan­fill is in Street­side Sym­phony, but Wed­nes­day nights are re­served for Bar Stars.

“It’s boys’ night out,” Stan­fill said. “I get to hang out with my best friends and play mu­sic, and it’s just a good time.”

“You just never know who’s go­ing to walk through that door,” Red­mond said. “It blows my mind.”

Michael Don­ahue The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal

Nick Red­mond (left) and Jeremy Stan­fill have been in­volved with many Mem­phis bands, but they rel­ish their gig as hosts of the Bar Stars open mike at Neil’s ev­ery Wed­nes­day. “You just never know who’s go­ing to walk through that door,” Red­mond says.

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