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July 19, 2013

Raven Moon Rising celebrating two-year anniversary at Wine Cafe

Raven Moon Rising celebrates anniversary where members first met

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Raven Moon Rising plays an eclectic mix of classic rock, country and blues cover songs on two acoustic guitars and Kepler on vocals.

“I haven’t touched an electric guitar in 20 years,” said Remes, who plays his licks on a Martin acoustic.

Kepler said the acoustic guitars are what give Raven Moon Rising its distinct sound.

“I don’t think I would ever want to go with the whole ‘plugged-in’ thing,” she said. "Because with us, it’s more about the voices and sound. I think Chuck is a talented guitar player and I think a lot would get lost with drums and loud electric guitars.”

Raven Moon Rising doesn’t need to plug in to play their catalog of 90-plus songs. Remes draws his influence from Neil Young, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. Kepler is an admitted Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac junkie and Nieland brings a variety of tastes to the table.

“He’s always coming up with these strange bands that no one’s heard of,” Remes said of Nieland’s listening habits.

Reflecting on the last two years as a group, Kepler has had a blast as a part of Raven Moon Rising.

“It’s the perfect marriage,” she said. “You’re out at a bar, having fun on the weekend, you’re getting paid for it, and you get to drink in the process.”

If You Go What Raven Moon Rising two-year anniversary concert When 8:30 p.m. today Where Wine Cafe, 301 N. Riverfront Drive

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