SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Legendary Valley Rock Band “FAT” closed out the summer Cityblock Concert Series Thursday night in Springfield.
The venue was changed for the final concert of the 2015 summer season, moving it from Sterns Square to Court Square to accommodate the expected large crowd. It turned out to be the correct move; there were as many as one thousand people enjoying the enduring local rock band’s music.
FAT got their start in Springfield 45 years ago, and have a solid following. Court Square was packed, filled with fans from all over New England. Limo driver Mark Morse drove down from Westminster, Vermont, telling 22News he’s “sick of going to shows and never being able to go in.” He said, “Tonight was my night to come down and gave a little fun… It’s a no-lose proposition. How can you not have a good time here? Every city should do this. Even Brattleboro should do this once a month, or once a week.”
FAT’s founding members are mostly still with the band, and played for the enthusiastic crowd Thursday night.
Front man Peter Newland sang the vocals on various orginal songs and covers. Guy Devito played solid bass as he has from the start. Jim Kaminsky, also known as “The Amazing Jim K” worked his usual magic on lead guitar, with the foundation provided by William “Benji” Benjamin on drums. The legendary Mitch Chakour (of Mission Band fame) sat in as the band’s special guest.