Departure Gives It To You “Any Way You Want It” on Saturday!


Departure at The Whiskey Warehouse Bar & Grill.

 Departure returns to the Whiskey Warehouse Bar & Grill on Saturday, July 22nd in Mansfield, Ohio.  The Journey/Classic Rock band has been making quite an impact for a number of years, but their efforts are beginning to pay-off in 2017 with extensive bookings throughout Ohio.  Most  of Richland County’s cover bands have been notoriously absent from performing outside of the Mid-Ohio area.  With the abundance of talent throughout the area by cover and original artists, it’s baffled me for decades.

Several years ago, the Red Ball Jets broke through the barrier with a sponsorship of Budweiser.  Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that Departure has no sponsor.  Their hard work, talent musicianship and stellar vocals have been noticed beyond North Central Ohio as the band even plays the Lake Erie Islands too!  Their persistence and wait has paid off.

We recently caught Departure in action at the Whiskey Warehouse Bar & Grill in June.  These guys gave us a powerhouse of  rock music from Journey with hits such as “Feelin’ That Way/Anytime”, “Just The Same Way”, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin”,  “Wheel In The Sky”,  “Stone In Love”, “Be Good To Yourself”, “Don’t Stop Believin” and “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”.  They also render the ballads so good it touches your heart with “Lights”, “Only The Lonely”, “Patiently”, “Who’s Crying Now”, “Send Her My Love”, “After All These Years” and “Faithfully”.

One of the obvious noticeable traits of Departure is to emulate these songs with their ability to present an astute blend of  4- part harmonic vocals and perfectly executed musicianship.  The cohesiveness of the band delivered tightly on every measure while together on every pause!  You’d sweat it’s the actual record over the P.A. system.

Departure mix their Classic Rock tunes in between the Journey tunes are rich with such hits as: “Oh Sherrie” (Steve Perry), “And We Danced” (The Hooters), “Ah Leah” (Donnie Iris and The Cruisers),  and more to keep the fans dancing the night away.  Their rendition of Styx’s “Grand Illusion” is unbelievable! Between Bill Cornell’s vocal ability to sound like Dennis DeYoung, the synthesizer sequences from “Kid Kline” were so luscious with thick and rich layers of grandeur.  The rendition reminded me of the late Keith Emerson on the Moog Synthesizer!  Charlie Keffalas’s ability to perfectly cover two guitar parts, while drummer, Tommy Allen and bassist, Bill Cornell drive the band through the tune like a volcanic eruption creating the perfect storm!

Don’t miss Departure, who is no longer the “Best Kept Secret” in Richland County, as their journey continues at the Whiskey Warehouse Bar & Grill on Saturday, July 22nd.

Departure Photo Gallery.






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Jim Carver About Jim Carver

Jim Carver is the President of The Rust Belt Chronicles.

In 2004, Jim graduated from North Central State College with a degree in Business Information Technology. Jim developed "Rock Lines" news report online in 2010.After a trial-run of The Rust Belt Chronicles in April of 2013, Jim decided to make his dream a reality in 2014 by re-launching The Rust Belt Chronicles.

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