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Sons of Gladys Kravitz

12/2/2020

The Sons of Gladys Kravitz is a local cover band that specializes in playing classic rock music from the last half century. Photo submitted

With nearly 50 years of musical experience and showmanship, the Sons of Gladys Kravitz continue to rock while entertaining a loyal local following.

Affectionately known as the “Sons,” the group originated as an acoustic duo in 1993 before morphing into a four-piece ensemble, the Subdivisions, and then expanding into a six-piece band in 2016.

The name is derived from the 1960s TV show, “Bewitched.” A character known as Gladys Kravitz was the nosy neighbor trying to catch Samantha while the witch was performing magic. But Gladys couldn’t convince anyone else.

The band name fits perfectly, according to co-founder Wade Krieg.

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“It’s a good name for many reasons,” he says. “The main one being it allows for stage banter and ‘shtick.’ It’s an unlikely band of musical brothers who are all sons of the same crazy mother, Gladys.”

The band’s stellar reputation as versatile musical talents includes Krieg, guitar, vocals; Rick Maly, drums, vocals; Stan Richard, keyboards, vocals; Greg Leeper, bass, vocals; Greg Valentine, violin, acoustic guitar, vocals; Sandy England, percussion, special effects; and audio engineer Mike Maly.

Together they play classic rock cover music from the 1960s and 1970s. They are known to perform deeper cuts and longer versions of tunes from Kansas, The Who and Pink Floyd. Fan favorites include Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al.”

The Sons began hosting their popular annual winter party in 2006. Renting out a private larger venue, fans are invited as a “thank you” for their loyalty and dedication.

“It’s to thank them for years coming out weekend after weekend, spending their money in our employer’s establishments,” Krieg says.

They don’t charge a cover for their annual event; it’s for the sheer love of musical enjoyment. One of their most attended winter party events, held at the former 7 Flags Events Center, brought out more than 1,000 in attendance. The band welcomes musical guests, and it’s the highlight of the year.

At the beginning of 2020, they had 40 shows scheduled. Due to COVID-19, they only played 14 of them, including local wineries and bar venues.

“We consider ourselves lucky to do that,” he says. “In a way, playing a lighter schedule this year has been good, as we’ve been busy the last four years.”

The band’s strength is playing cover tunes accurately.

“People who come to our shows want to hear the songs performed the way they know them,” says Krieg.

The band loves it when the fans sing and dance.

“There’s no feeling in the world like connecting with an audience through music,” says Krieg. “It’s a really spiritual experience. We sure hope to return to public performance soon. It’s good for the soul.” ♦

2 Comments

  1. Steve Vasquez says:

    Genuinely talented musicians that have more fun on stage than should be legally allowed. You want a feel good band? Stop here.

  2. Tricia Rose says:

    We love seeing these guys at the Iowa State Fair. We don’t live close, so they are a highlight of this trip for us. They are so much fun and had my daughter up on stage to help with percussion. Missed them this year with no fair

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