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Karate Coyote

Indie band making final ... probably ... appearance

Independents' Day festival performance likely to be last for the band


What breaks up a band?

For the members of Karate Coyote, after 6 1/2 years with a few personnel changes along the way, the answer is more and more responsibilities at work and home, leaving them with less and less time to devote to music, however much it might be their passion.

The indie rock group will be performing what will probably be their swan song -- one last howl, to speak -- at the sixth annual Independents' Day Festival, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22, at the intersection of Gay Street and Pearl Alley in Columbus.

Karate Coyote is scheduled to be on stage at 9 p.m. Saturday night. Sam Corlett, the original vocalist when the band was formed, will be appearing with them.

"For me, it's a bittersweet time," said Ted Bigham, a Northwest Side resident who is an original member and the band's business manager.

"We're really excited to play with Sam again, the original member. The fans really loved her and the music we did with her."

"It's definitely good memories," Bigham said.

"We've had a bunch of experiences together. They've stretched the gamut. We've seen all kinds of things. Bands come together and bands fail."

Karate Coyote mostly succeeded, with not only a loyal local following, but tours throughout the Midwest.

Still, according to Bigham, it feels like time.

"Just kind of ending or closing the band is just a mutual decision we all came to," he said. "It was something we all decided as a group."

Corlett, who will also be singing with her current band Maza Blaska at the Independents' Day Festival, said she is looking forward to the reunion.

"I think it's going to be great," the Short North resident and Hilliard native said.

"I jumped at the opportunity," Corlett said.

"Looking back I felt that I didn't get to say goodbye the way that I wanted to," she said.

"This is really the best possible scenario for the band to have a big forum to present one last time."

The Independents' Day Festival is a celebration of independent musicians, artists and entrepreneurs in Columbus, the event's website states.

"I'm really excited," said Kendra Jados, a current Karate Coyote singer and keyboard player.

"It's a little bittersweet as far as the end of an era for us, but I think we're all ready to take this next step," she said.

"We get to revisit the past by having Sam back with us and we also get to celebrate the future and everything that's in store for all of us."

Others in the band are Nic Jados, Kendra's brother; Ryan Horn; and Eric Vescelius.

"As we've gotten older and matured as a band together, every one has so much stuff going on," Jados said.

"It was just getting harder and harder to find those times we could all get together and practice and write music together," Kendra Jados said. "It just didn't seem fair to our fans.

"It was definitely a positive experience," the Upper Arlington resident added, "and we all have really good memories of the past six years."

Karate Coyote will be donating 100 percent of the band's proceeds from the Independents' Day Festival performance to the Children's Miracle Network for cancer research, according to Bigham.

The Dick and Jane Project, Momentum and Project Zero will also be charitable beneficiaries from this year's festival, the website states.

"As time moves on we found scheduling shows and practices more and more difficult as each of us has crossed the winters of adolescence and entered the spring of adulthood," Bigham wrote in an email.

"Each member of Karate Coyote knows that doing this takes dedication and in order to give you all the music you deserve we simply could no longer give the time and effort needed to sustain further musical life.

"The future is still uncertain for Karate Coyote," Bigham wrote.

"During the hiatus each of us will work on other projects and who knows, we could come back for the right cause in the future."