While pursuing a solo career, Kansas City native Jillian Riscoe was in need of a bassist.
She met Daniel Mendala, who had performed in several regional bands, and as they say in the movies, “The rest is history.”
They formed Red Velvet Crush, a local fan favorite that was influenced by such varied artists as Simon and Garfunkel and Guns ‘n Roses.
When not performing, Mendala and Riscoe would sit down between rehearsals and talk about the music that served as their inspiration.
Riscoe was inspired by 1950s and ‘60s pop, soul and rock acts of the early 2000s, while Mendala enjoyed classic country and rock and poetic/political acts.
Together, they formed Red Velvet Crush in 2012 and over the past five years have won five KC Cassi and Midwest Music Awards.
And they’re bringing their unique sound to the Sidepockets Main Stage of the Blue Springs Fall Fun Fest at 6 tonight and 3-5 p.m. Saturday.
“We can’t wait to get out to Blue Springs and perform an acoustic set,” Riscoe said earlier this week. “We’re based out of Kansas City, but we’ve been busy touring around the Midwest. But we’ve also played in Texas, California and Tennessee – but we love playing for our hometown fans in Kansas City and are really looking forward to our concert at the Fall Fun Fest.”
While they will perform covers from their favorite artists, they will also include songs from their latest EP, “Crystal Clear,” which they recently premiered at Kansas City’s Riot Room.
“That was a great night,” Riscoe said, “because we had a lot of fans who have followed us since day one, and it’s always fun to share new music with them.”
While Red Velvet Crush has opened for such headliners as Pat Benatar and Neil Gerardo, Rick Springfield and Lisa Loeb, they have been headlining regional events like the Plaza Art Fair, Waterfest, Gladfest and Aggiefest.
“We love to perform,” she said, “and we’re going to Minneapolis-St. Paul soon to record a new music video. Then we’re headed back to Nashville to record some more new music. But performing live is our real passion and we are looking forward to Friday and Saturday’s Fall Fun Fest.”