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Indie band to kick off Henderson's ArtBeat season

Local indie rock band A Crowd of Small Adventures is scheduled to kick off the new ArtBeat season.

“We are excited to be playing as part of the series,” said Anthony Sermeno, the band’s drummer. “This is a first for us.”

The band is scheduled to play at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water St. Admission is free.

The band features lead vocalist and guitarist Jackson Wilcox; violinist, vocalist and keyboard player Megan Wingerter; drummer Anthony Sermeno; bassist Kevin Oakley; and guitarist Sean Villaros.

A Crowd of Small Adventures began in 2007 as the brainchild of Wilcox.

After writing several songs, Sermeno said Wilcox brought together musicians to record an album and start the band.

Sermeno started out as a fan.

He would line up at local bars such as the Freakin’ Frog or the Beauty Bar to watch the band play.

“It was something about the live shows,” he said. “I was really attracted to Jackson’s vocal style. Plus, Megan playing the violin was really different.”

The band released its first CD that year, something Sermeno purchased.

A Crowd of Small Adventure began to transition in members.

After running into Wilcox last summer — they had mutual friends in common — Sermeno discovered the band was looking for a new drummer.

Sermeno has played for other bands before but this experience has been surreal, he said.

“But A Crowd of Small Adventures has a pretty good following,” he said. “I tried to act like it wasn’t a big deal but it was.”

Sermeno said the band has evolved in its sound and mostly plays newer songs.

“We play a couple of the originals,” he said.

The band was invited to open at ArtBeat, a free cultural series put on by the city of Henderson.

City spokeswoman Kim Becker said there will be vendors selling art before the show.

When picking the lineup, Becker said the city was looking for diversity.

“The diversity in musical genres gives our audiences an opportunity to explore different types of music that they might not normally be familiar with,” she said. “We also wanted performers who could put on a good show.”

She added that ArtBeatalso is expected to feature a folk singer and country musicians in future events.

Sermeno said people should come to ArtBeat to check out some of the band’s new tunes.

“It’s nothing we have ever done before,” Sermeno said. “We are used to playing downtown or at bars and going on at 3 a.m. It’s refreshing playing a family friendly environment.”

Sermeno added that since he has children, as do other members of the band, it’s nice to have a place their families can watch a show.

Looking ahead, the band is slated to play at Life Is Beautiful, a music, food and art festival scheduled for Oct. 25 and 26 in downtown Las Vegas.

“We are really excited to be playing with some bigger bands like Vampire Weekend and The Killers,” he said. “Being able to see these bands after playing is the icing on the cake.”

A Crowd of Small Adventures is working on a kick-starter campaign to raise money to release a five-song extended play, which is a musical recording that is shorter than an album but has more than just a single.

Sermeno said the kick-starter should be launched by the end of September.

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Contact Henderson/Anthem View reporter Michael Lyle at or 702-387-5201.