By Michael Buhler
It all got started with an online ad for Shannon Grate and the Banned back in 2006.
“It’s funny,” Grate said. “I placed an ad online to find a band to play in. The members of what became The Banned wanted me to be lead singer. Originally we were called Hellcat – I didn’t like that name, so I suggested The Banned.”
The Banned will be the featured musical act at this year’s Goddard Fall Festival. Groove 42 will lead off on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m., with The Banned taking the stage at approximately 8:30 that evening.
Unlike a similarly-named group known for its association with Bob Dylan, The Banned specializes in 1980s hair metal, playing songs made famous by such bands as Poison, Motley Crue, Ratt, White Lion and Whitesnake and “all that good stuff,” according to Grate.
The Banned is based in the Wichita area and features Grate on lead vocals, Jordan Bollig on lead guitar, Goddard High School graduate Sean Borst on drums and Carlos Cervantes on bass. They have played several locations in Kansas and Oklahoma, including the Port, the Brickyard and the Pumphouse in Oklahoma. The Banned also opened for Grand Funk Railroad at Riverfest and opened for 1980s band Dirty Penny.
Playing in a band has had its ups and downs for Grate and The Banned.
“There are good and bad,” Grate said. “The good would be when we played Rocklahoma in the VIP tent. It was packed with people who wanted to sing along and hear every song. That’s pretty cool. The bad would be whenever anyone leaves the band – but that happens.”
However, it is a safe assumption that the good outweighs the bad for The Banned at the end of the day.
“I think when you have a good show where everything is clicking and people are having a good time – and let you know it – that’s pretty cool,” Grate said.