Norm Ruebling Band to perform free concert at Stephens Lake

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | 6:03 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A local Columbia band with a broad repertoire, including R&B, rock and jazz, will present a free concert at 7 p.m Wednesday at Stephens Lake Park.

The Norm Ruebling Band, consistently named one of the best bands in Columbia by Inside Columbia magazine, will perform at the Stephens Lake amphitheatre, said Erin Carrillo, recreation specialist for the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. 

Wednesday's concert is the second show the band has performed at Stephens Lake, Carrillo said. They played in July, but hot weather limited their audience to only about 50 people. Carrillo said she hopes to see 100 to 200 people this time.

Norm Ruebling, the band's drummer known as "The Boss," said the band plays every type of music, including R&B, funk, soul, rock and jazz. He said they can go from playing Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" to The Commodore's "Brick House" without blinking an eye.

The band's following is made up mostly of people in the 30-65-year-old crowd, but college students can also enjoy the band's eclectic repertoire, Ruebling said.

“Anybody that comes to hear our band knows what to expect. We don’t do just any one genre of music — never have," Ruebling said. "It’s always a wide, wide spectrum of musical tastes. That’s what people enjoy about our band."

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