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Signal 76 reunion show at Lost Kangaroo

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Signal 76 in an undated picture from the early 2000s is, from left, Aaron Bowen (bass), Danny Wampole (lead vocals, guitar), , Mike Holt (drums) and Ben Bakker (vocals, guitar). Signal 76’s reunion show at Lost Kangaroo in downtown Bradenton is Saturday. COURTESY PHOTO

Most bands, even ones with substantial followings, break up. Sometimes it's because of egos. More often, life just gets in the way. Luckily for enthusiasts of Signal 76, one of the top melodic punk bands in the Sarasota-Manatee area in the early 2000s, the band split on great terms and the original lineup will reunite Saturday for a special  show at the Lost Kangaroo in downtown Bradenton.

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Signal 76, from left, Danny Wampole (lead vocals, guitar), Aaron Bowen (bass), Mike Holt (out of view on drums) and Ben Bakker (vocals, guitar) rockin' the original Lost Kangaroo Pub circa 2000. Signal 76’s reunion show at Lost Kangaroo in downtown Bradenton is Saturday. COURTESY PHOTO

Originally a trio under a different name, Danny Wampole (lead vocals, guitar), Aaron Bowen (bass), Mike Holt (drums) decided to expand their sound in 1999 and added second guitarist and singer Ben Bakker. Signal 76 took their name for, and this is according to the band, the code used by the Bradenton police department when dispatch called in a noise disturbance.

Signal 76 won the old Weekly Planet’s Best Punk Band award in 2001's Best of the Suncoast issue but eventually the quartet disbanded due to growing family and work commitments (the whole life getting in the way thing). The members of Signal 76 have stayed friends over the years, though, and recently, while discussing the lack of local original music in the area, thought it might be fun to pull the instruments out of the closet and dust them off for one night of fun.

 "Since Signal 76 was born at the Lost Kangaroo — that's where the Chase Theory (now Have Gun, Will Travel) guys introduced me to the other guys in Signal 76 —  it's only fitting that we do our reunion show at the 'Roo," Bakker says. "It's something we're all really excited about."

Signal 76 reunion show; 9 p.m. Saturday; The Lost Kangaroo Pub, 406 12th St. W. (Old Main St.), Bradenton; free; 747-8114; lostkangaroopub.com

Listen to Signal 76's discography:

"Ten Stories" released by Signal 76 in 2002

Suggested listening: "Limelight," "All These Days," "Your Tomorrow")

"Signal Seventy Six" released by Signal 76 in 2005

Suggested listening: "Rome," "Breathe," "Communicate Solo"

Check out this complete Signal 76 show from 2005 at the old Rasher Tierney's in Bradenton:

 

Signal 76 reunion show
9 p.m. Saturday; The Lost Kangaroo Pub, 406 12th St. W. (Old Main St.), Bradenton; free; 747-8114; lostkangaroopub.com

Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013 Wade Tatangelo has been an entertainment reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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