FKB makes stop in Stony

The alternative rock band from Edmonton headlined the Town of Stony Plain's virtual 2020 Summer Sessions concert series Wednesday.

The members of FKB pose in a smoky publicity photo. The Edmonton-based band was the latest to headline the virtual Summer Sessions concert series in Stony Plain Wednesday. Stefan Legacy

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Drew Shalka and his peers from FKB are living their teenage dreams as young adults.

The alternative rock band from Edmonton was the latest group to headline the Town of Stony Plain’s virtual 2020 Summer Sessions concert series Wednesday. Through the stream on the Town Facebook page and YouTube channel, they presented their energetic, animated and alternative sound to fans old and new and continued on with their journey that began with Shalka and drummer Derek Chalut in Bonnyville.

“We knew each other from school and picked up [Alex Fedorouk and Travis Topylki] along the way through lineup changes,” Shalka said before their performance. “Our name comes from a bar near home and we have just kind of ran with things ever since the beginning.”

In their time with the current lineup, they have performed across Canada and the United States crossed paths with notable entertainers like the Michigan-based band Pop Evil and have even made appearances in film. Shalka added that getting into these various projects has been one of their major challenges to overcome since they first performed as teenagers at a cancer fundraiser that they put together themselves in a small community hall in the Bonnyville area, but they did so because of the network they built through their extensive touring schedule.

“We got people to take a chance on us and we finally have a good group of people around in Canada and even some in the United States,” he said. “We can go to them and they help us get shows and the interest is such now that we are able to go and book all over the place.”

In the future, the band aims to continue building its statue in the Edmonton scene and the overall industry. Travelling and doing what they love can be hard because of the pandemic, but, Shalka said they will continue on as the feeling of impacting an area is one he never wants to lose.

“I remember when we first went down to New York City,” Shalka said. “It is not something, necessarily, in our biography or that we even speak about often, but when you go into a place like that and you see the lights and new buildings, it is amazing, like an electric happening.”

More about FKB and what they are doing can be found on their website, fkbmusic.ca.

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