La Crosse cover band bringing the '90s back to Rochester

Listen to a little "something familiar."

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La Crosse band Something Familiar. Contributed.

You may not have seen Something Familiar in concert, but you’ll know their set list.

In the three years since its inception, the band has made a near-annual pilgrimage from Wisconsin to Rochester. They’ll be back Saturday to play into the wee hours of the morning at the North Star Bar.

Bandmates Joaquin Sanchez on guitar and synth, Cody Miles on guitar and vocals, Josh Behrens on bass and Brian Hamilton on drums will play everything from Pearl Jam to Nirvana, with a scattering of Shania Twain and Smashing Pumpkins thrown in for good measure.

Sanchez answered some questions for 507 Magazine readers.

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You play a lot of ‘90s music ... what are some of your favorites, and are there any ‘90s songs you would never touch?

For the first year and a half, we tried really hard to stick to the “ ‘90s only” rule we created for ourselves, but found it put us into a box that made things more difficult than it needed to be.

We really aim to be all-inclusive in terms of enjoyment for the crowd, and sticking to a single decade can make that rather challenging, so at some point, we made a conscious decision to overhaul our set list and include music from all eras. We still have a good chunk of ‘90s songs, but they aren’t the focal point anymore.

As far as favorites from the ‘90s go, I think we mostly enjoy playing songs from the grunge era, so we try to keep a few of those around in our current set list.

The ‘90s are one of the more polarizing decades. Music from the early ‘90s was dramatically different (from) what was coming out in the late ‘90s, when things became boyband- and production-centric. With that said, I don’t think you’ll hear us play any songs off the album “Backstreet’s Back” anytime soon.

What's the weirdest gig you've ever played?

We play fairly standard venues for the most part, but there was a time in the early-going where we played an outdoor town dance and had a train running behind us every 20 minutes. That was rather odd.

What do you do offstage?


Three of us work standard office-type jobs during the week; Brian is a band director in Lewiston, Minn. As far as non-musical hobbies go, I personally have a strong passion for skateboarding. It’s something I come to Rochester to partake in throughout the summer.

Why would you encourage people to come out to your show this weekend?

I would say if you’re looking for a fun, high-energy show, you should definitely stop into the North Star to check us out — we have a bit of something for everyone.

If you go

What: Something Familiar

Where: North Star Bar, 503 N. Broadway Ave., Rochester

When: 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4

Cost: Free

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