MANKATO -- What’s the point of attending a concert if you can’t carouse with the main act? Where’s the sense in paying hundreds of dollars for one ticket only to push among a sea of sweaty strangers on a concrete arena floor while the band is merely a group of tiny dots off in the distance?
Australian singer and songwriter Anthony Snape and Mankato’s Pub 500 agree such an environment is less than ideal.
Coming Friday, the cozy, cabin-like establishment plays host to the Aussie musician, who has made it his goal to be more than just another aloof artist barricaded by a platoon of security guards. In the middle of his sets, Snape mixes with the audience as a way to connect with people and uses it as inspiration for his material.
“Meeting new people and experiencing their stories is gold to me,” said Snape, paying tribute to his influential method of connection. “It’s a great source of information.”
Born in the small town of Gunnedah, Australia, Snape realized he was going to pursue a life of music by the time he could first walk. While listening to an American classic jamming on the radio, his revelation struck.
“Elvis [Presley] was playing on the radio, and after his song the disc jockey said that was ‘The King,’” Snape said. “I then asked my mom, ‘King?’ She then said that he was ‘The King’ because everyone loves hearing his stuff.”
From there, the thought of being king never escaped Snape’s mind. In good time, the Aussie artist jumped from high school bands and theatre performances to being a backup singer for bigger name performers. Under the influence of Aussie finger-style guitar great, Tommy Emmanuel, and after creating his own band, winning an award and establishing himself on the Aussie pop scene, he packed his bags and moved to the U.S. in 2008.