Nashville Grad, Band Play For Shot At Pointfest Performance

A Metro East band with ties to Nashville will be playing this weekend for a chance to land a spot on one of the biggest alternative music festivals in the region.

The Relyness takes the stage at Pop’s in Sauget for The Road to Pointfest session one finals. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m.

The Relyness started out as a solo acoustic act by NCHS grad Rebecca Mines, who later branched out to include lead guitarist John Walth and former drummer Jake McNerney. The band added bass player John Wheatlery.

The name comes from a combination of the singer’s first, middle and last name. The first show the band had was a gig opening up for Drake Bell from the Nickelodeon show “Drake and Josh.” Since its inception, Erik Gonzalez has come on as drummer.

The Relyness band mates say that the road to where they are now has not always been smooth sailing but their perseverance kept them going.

“There were plenty of times we bit off more than we could chew, but more often than not it has turned out better than we could ever have hoped for,,” Mines said. “Plenty of our road bumps have opened doors to opportunities we never would have thought possible.”

Pointfest is an annual concert at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater in St. Louis. Once the opportunity came to try out for a chance to play on the same stage as many national rock acts, the Relyness decided to cease the opportunity that was ahead.

“We saw that the Road To Pointfest was coming up and we jumped on it,” Mines said. “We didn’t know if we were really ready, but we thought ‘the worst we could do is lose’ so we sent them an email. Not long after, they confirmed we were on the list and suddenly we were entangled in this competition where we had no idea what to expect. But we were so excited!”

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