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CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWonderground, from left: Joe Tkach, Jason Adams and William Palmeiri at Shanty on 19th, Allentown. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWonderground, from left: Joe Tkach, Jason Adams and William Palmeiri at Shanty on 19th, Allentown.

Night on the Town: Wonderground digs that indie rock

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 by Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com in Focus

The name Wonderground evokes a 1960s’ vibe of The Beatles, Kinks and Zombies.

That’s exactly what Jason Adams and the members of Wonderground intend.

When asked to describe Wonderground’s sound, Adams says it’s “psychedelic soul progressive indie rock.”

True to that description, Adams lists the music groups and music artists influencing Wonderground as including Miles Davis, Zombies, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, and the Kinks.

Wonderground played July 19 at the Shanty on 19th, 613 N. 19th St., Allentown.

Opening the concert was TQI, as in Total Quality Institute.

Wonderground is: Jason Adams, bass, keyboards, lead vocals; Joe Tkach, bass, guitar, keyboards, lead vocals, and William Palmieri, drums. Joining Wonderwall at the Shanty was Michael Rafalowich, guitar, bass.

The trio has been together for about 10 years, performing as Wet. The band’s name was changed about one year ago because the name W.E.T. is used by a Swedish-American hard rock band.

Wonderground has been recording songs for a self-titled CD of 14 songs.

Adams and Palmieri graduated from William Allen High School. Tkach graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School.

Prior to Wonderground, Adams played keyboards in Weston, joining in 2001, touring in the United States.

Tkach also has the band, Brother Louv.

Wonderground played its first concert under its new name in December 2018 at the Shanty.

Adams played in the “To Sir Elton With Love: The Elton John Tribute Concert” in September 2018 in Allentown.

Adams began playing music at age 11, studying classical music.

“My mother played piano and my aunt played piano. And they all were very encouraging,” says Adams.

He began writing songs at age 18.

Songs written by Adams for the forthcoming Wonderground CD include “Dangerous to Love,” “Denim Queen,” “Paradox,” “Why Don’t You Like” and “Mystic Eyes.”

Says Adams of the songs, “They’re all very soulful. They’re all very passionate. They evoke a vintage, retro vibe. Timeless, but current.”

Of the Lehigh Valley popular music scene Adams says, “I think there’s a lot of talent here. Unfortunately, a lot of people leave the Valley. I’d like to see the scene thrive. And I’ll do whatever I can to encourage it.”

“Night on the Town” is a column about popular music with an emphasis on live perforrance. Information: pwillistein@tnonline.com