Journey fans will have a chance to step back into time, and sing and dance to familiar tunes, as Revelation/A Tribute To Journey steps on stage this weekend at Grand Lake Casino.
The band, composed of Danny Wayman, lead vocals; David Williams, guitars and vocals; Curtis Anderson, bass and lead vocals; Nate Holt, keyboards and vocals, and Craig Shores, drums and vocals, are set to perform at Venue 655 on Friday, Jan. 20.
Doors open at 7 p.m., with the concert at 8 p.m. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.
The group, which formed in December 2008, officially began touring in its present format in 2010. It's members are based in the Kansas City metro area.
For Williams, joining the group in 2010 gave him a chance to perform a genre of music he loves, while living and working in Lawrence, Kansas.
The group generally performs at outdoor music venues from early spring to late fall. Williams said during the winter months they perform at casinos to "keep their chops up."
This will be the first time the group has performed in the northeast corner of Oklahoma. Past shows have ranged from playing Sturgis in 2011 to summer music festivals.
On Dec. 31, 2011, the group helped ring in the new year at the River Spirit Casino Tulsa. They have also performed at Tinker Air Force Base in southeast Oklahoma City.
Williams said their band stands above the other tributes, because of the way Wayman can emulate the vocal stylings of Journey lead singer Steve Perry.
"He has the timber of Steve Perry," Williams said. "Everything is in record key - which is musically challenging.
"Journey's music sounds easy, but it's very complicated when you put it all together."
Williams said as a fellow Journey fan, he's had a chance to see the group in person a dozen or so times - from their very beginning when they were still a Santana-fusion style band, to the Steve Perry era.
Williams is not an original member of the group. He joined after answering a Craigslist ad for a guitarist.
Six months later he became a full-time member, and later one of the key players of the band in its current format.
Williams said he enjoys emulating the energy found in Journey's music, including the guitar stylings of Oklahoma native Neal Schon, Journey's last original constant member.
He said the group does well to showcase Perry's vocals and Schon's guitar solos.
"Fans of Journey music get something really close to the real thing [at our concerts]," Williams said. "There's lots of energy. Everyone in the band are top notch musicians, very dedicated to the craft.
"For Journey fans, it's almost getting the real thing. Danny's [Wayman] tone and voice is closer to Steve Perry than anyone I've heard."
Williams said his favorite points in the concert include performing the guitar solo on Who's Crying Now, as well as Journey's trademark power ballads.
"It's music I love playing and music I love listening to," Williams said. "I hope people walking away feeling like they just experienced the real band."
If You Go
Revelation/A Tribute To Journey, will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, at Venue 655 at Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10. Doors open at 7 p.m., guest must be 21 years or older to attend.
For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-8528 or visit www.facebook.com/grandlakecasino.