In the Mix with Kevin Scott Kroner
Apr 03, 2018 09:12PM ● Published by Paul Cotruvo
In the Mix with Kevin Scott Kroner
I always say I am the luckiest guy out there. I get to play music with some of the finest musicians in the area. But as I get older, it is not only important for me to play with like-minded and quality musicians but with great human beings. Kevin Scott Kroner embodies both those qualities. A long-time Pleasant Hill resident, Kevin has played keyboards and guitar with many local bands. He’s one of the original members of The Big Jangle, and I call him the utility man. On any given night, you may see him play keyboards, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and you may even see him sing! (He may park your car, too) Kevin would never toot his own horn as he is very humble, but I think it’s time to get to know Kevin Scott Kroner.
1. How old were you when you first decided to be a musician, and was keyboard your first choice? I wish keyboards had been my first choice as I might be a lot better! I was in third grade when I decided to take up the trombone, which I played all the way through college. I liked it because it was loud! I also became a very fast runner to escape the bullies while carrying my horn home from school in my blue collar St. Louis neighborhood. Later, while in junior high, my dad bought me an electric guitar as a bribe to keep me practicing the trombone. That was good because I found out girls liked guitar players better than trombone players, and I was able to get in a rock band with some of my friends. I had to take piano as a music major in college, and one of my professors told me I'd never be a musician! But once I got to play a friend's Hammond organ and a Moog synthesizer, I was hooked on keyboards forever.
2. What was the name of your first Band? The Enterprise.
3. Who are some of your influences? On trombone, James Pankow from the band Chicago. On keyboards, my dad, who played organ at church. Brian Wilson, Keith Emerson, Greg Rolie, Elton John, and Booker T.
4. What have been some of the highlights of your career so far? Getting to play music has been the highlight of my entire life! I've met most of my friends either playing or enjoying music together. It has allowed me to connect emotionally and spiritually with life, better understand love, and deal with life's pains.
5. What is your opinion of the local music scene? I find the local music scene to be very exciting! We have many venues that feature and promote live music, and it's possible to find nearly any genre that you might enjoy.
6. If you were a song, what song would you be and why? If I were a song, I'd be John Lennon's Imagine. I have found great success by focusing my efforts on whatever I could imagine, and I believe the world could be a better place if we all applied the message of that song to our lives together.
There is an upcoming event that is near and dear to my heart. Cameron Wanser, a senior at Northgate High School, Walnut Creek, has undertaken a very interesting endeavor for his senior project. Cameron secured the Campbell Theater in downtown Martinez on Saturday night, April 14, for a “Hot Latin Jazz” concert featuring Northgate’s 23-member jazz big band, with Grammy Award winning special guest Javier Cabanillas of Pacific Mambo Orchestra sitting in. This is a unique event for the Campbell as they more commonly function as a playhouse. Kudos to the Campbell Theatre for supporting live music and working with local organizations such as high schools. So let’s get out there and support our future musicians. These kids are changing the world!
Quote of the Month: Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert. -- Kahil Gabran
Paul’s Picks for April:
April 7: Brooks Lundy, Roxx on Main, 627 Main St., Martinez, 7pm
April 13: Poison and Wine, Roxx on Main, 627 Main St Martinez, 7pm
April 14: Sin Silver- Rocco’s Pizzeria, 2909 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, 8pm
April 14: Lumberyard- Back Forty, 100 Coggins Drive, Pleasant Hill, 8pm
April 20: PB & J- Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm
April 21: Dirty Cello, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm
April 21: Big Jangle, WiseGirl, 1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, 9pm
April 28: Chris Cain Band, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm
April 29: The Sunday Paper, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 4pm