VACAVILLE — Unlicensed Therapy, which plays at Stars Recreation Center on Friday, is the product of a Weekend Warrior program at Skip’s Music in Sacramento. The program offers musicians needed gear, rehearsal space and even other musicians.
Rehearsal is once a week for four weeks and culminates in a concert in a club. Unlicensed Therapy lead guitarist and singer Scott Renton is a coach for the program.
“We decided to get together in March 2009,” wrote lead singer Teri Allison in an email to the Daily Republic. “We have been rockin’ since.”
Then came the matter of a moniker.
The quintet was playing their first gig: A backyard party for friends.
“We were talking about how practice is our getaway, refuge, our therapy. And unlicensed we are,” Allison wrote.
An Unlicensed Therapy show features a lot of high energy, Allison said. She loves to be out in the crowd singing and dancing.
“We are very interactive and have a wide variety of music,” she wrote. “Our friends who come see us play love to dance, so there is always an active group dancing and having fun.”
The group’s musical influences run the gamut from Manilow to Metallica. Performances feature tunes from 1960s pop to 1980s metal and today’s country and pop.
Unlicensed Therapy has performed at Cheers in Vacaville. This will be the group’s second time at Stars.
In addition to Allison and Renton, the band includes bassist and singer John Butterfield, drummer Chris McCown and keyboard, harmonica and guitar player Fred Gardner.
The group will play its 100th gig in December.
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