A band with roots in a Farmington church headlines this week’s Rhythmz in Riley Park free concert in downtown Farmington.
Delta Twins founders Bob Young and Tom Kozanecki met in 1998 while playing in a church band. The two decided to get together one Monday afternoon and seven years later, they’re still making music.
Current band members include Young on vocals, keys, blues harp, guitar, Kozanecki on bass guitar, Doug Austin on drums, and the band’s newest member, Weldeab Weldeab on lead guitar.
After starting a few different bands, the two came up with the idea for the Delta Twins. Young shared that the band went through a revolving door of members for years until the lineup settled down in 2011. That continued until the fall of 2014 when Delta Twins went on hiatus.
“Tom and I started an Americana band at that point, and Doug agreed to join us on drums,” Young said in a press release. “The Americana band didn’t get enough traction, so we set that project aside and waited for the next vision of what we should do. When we met Weldeab and saw what he could do, we realized that it was time to get the Delta Twins back together with a leaner lineup, and Doug graciously agreed to join that project.”
“We had two practices in February 2016 and then our first two gigs in March,” he added. “We’re talking three hours of music on only two practices, but it worked.”
Delta Twins will perform a mix of old school blues mixed with modern blues, classic covers and outstanding originals August 19, starting at 7 p.m. Rain location is across Grand River at First United Methodist Church. No food or drink is allowed inside the church.