The Wakeup Kids Opening for Y&T at 120 Tavern

The opening act for the Y&T concert at the 120 Tavern was The Wake Up Kids.  The Wake Up Kids are Bobby Kemmer & Carson Long  an acoustic pop/rock duo from Kennesaw Ga.  With the crowd packed in anxiously awaiting Y&T to hit the stage, The Wake Up Kids put on a set with a couple of original songs and some acoustic covers.  The smooth acoustic strumming and melodies were the perfect counter point to the piercing guitars, pounding drums and onstage gyrations that were soon to be seen by the crowd.

The Wake Up Kids Setlist:

  1. What You Want To Hear – Original
  2. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
  3. Safe and Sound – Original
  4. Raining In Paris – The Maine
  5. Jetpack – Original
  6. Wonderwall – Oasis

I look forward to hearing The Wake Up Kids again and seeing how their musical careers take them.

Interview with The Wake Up Kids

How did it feel to open for Y&T?

We had a blast opening for Y&T Friday night. We were called on by our manager, just a few weeks before the show to put a 30 minute set together to open for Y&T and learned they had a large rabid fan base so we didn’t know what to expect. The members of Y&T were very cool with us leading up to the show and helped our nerves leading up to show time but, walking out on that stage was strange with so many people already in the venue. We did our set with just a few flubs in lyrics but the crowd was very kind to us. It was a great experience and we thank Y&T for letting us open.

What was the first album that you added to your personal music library?

[Bobby] Insomniac by Green Day was the first album I really loved as a kid. My dad would always play it in the car and I always loved it.
[Carson] It was actually Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory! That was the first album I purchased with my own money and learned all the lyrics too. I still go back and listen to that album every now and then.

What was your most recent addition to your personal music library?

[Bobby] One of the more recent albums I’ve purchased is American Candy by a band called The Maine. They’re an artist that has inspired me to write and perform.

[Carson] The last album I added to my library was Daisy by the alternative rock band Brand New. The whole band is amazing. While this album isn’t my favorite, I’m getting ready to see them live and want the full experience.

What was your first live music experience? Which venue and which artist(s)?

[Bobby] The first concert I ever went to was the Backstreet Boys. I was probably five or six years old and it was awesome. It was at the Georgia Dome and my parents got my sister and me the tickets as a Christmas present.

[Carson] Oh gosh. The first show I went to was Christian rapper Tobymac.To be honest, it was a pretty good show! I saw him at the Cobb energy center back in like 2005.

If you could cover one album in your music library which would it be?

[Bobby] If I had the chance to cover an entire album, I would be torn between Wildflowers by Tom Petty and Abbey Road by The Beatles. Tom has had a huge influence on my songwriting and every song from start to finish on Wildflowers is incredible. On Abbey Road, Mean Mr. Mustard all the way to Her Majesty is pure genius.

[Carson] Personally, I would want to cover the whole album of The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me by Brand New. Every song on that album is musically and lyrically incredible. It’s one of my favorite albums of all time.

What artist do you wish more people had in their music library?

[Bobby] I wish everyone in the world would listen to The Maine. Their album Pioneer is one of the best albums ever made in my opinion. Please check them out!

[Carson] I would love to see the band The Maine get more love, They have such a unique sound and clever lyrics. If you don’t know them, definitely give them a chance.

Where did you learn to play?

[Bobby] I got a guitar for Christmas when I was 14 and my parents got me lessons at the music store I now work at, Paulding Music Center.
[Carson] I taught myself how to play guitar.

Where do you find your inspiration for your music?

[Bobby] My inspiration comes from a few different places. I look up musicians like Tom Petty and John O’Callaghan. I find myself studying their songs to see what they did and why it worked. When writing songs, I look to experiences in my own life for lyrics.
[Carson] My inspiration for my music comes from experiences and feelings. How I currently feel at the time influences the sound that I try to achieve with my guitar. Angry? I’ll probably write a song with overdrive and a fast tempo. Happy? I’ll write something that will make your head bounce to the rhythm.

Where can we find you guys playing live?

[Bobby] We have a few shows coming up. We’re playing at Vinyl on March 5th, Under the Couch on March 19th, and Smith’s Olde Bar on April 30th. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay in touch!


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