Adam Garner conducted this interview with DiMari Fennell, who plays the keys in a band called Sunday Afternoon along with other fellow friends from his hometown. DiMari talked about who his band is, and what the music scene is currently in his hometown of Bloomington, Illinois.
AG: What kind of music and services do you offer your fans?
DF: We are an R and B blues funk kind of group. That's our main genre of music. We'll step into other boundaries but that's where we really like to spend our time. We play at music festivals for people just across the state of Illinois and we've ventured off into Indiana and other states to play music festivals.
AG: How did you guys start as a band?
DF: We actually were all friends in church for a long time and we got tired of just playing worship music all the time. Then we decided to start playing rock music we had a great time. At one point I was originally the drummer for the band but for one of the gigs I wasn't going to be able to make it, so we found another drummer. He's a really good friend of mine. We put him in the group and he became a member. We added the saxophone as he played originally piano and then he got me the saxophone and we started playing music. We jelled together with him playing music together ever since.
AG: What do you have to say about the music scene in Bloomington, Illinois?
DF: Central Illinois in general is going through a rebirth movement right now because there was a moment where it was really dead. There was just like no real vibrant scene or anything.
But now you see a youth movement really move well. There's our band that does pretty well in the area. There's another great musician named Leah. She does a great job. Stephanie Chow, she's a great guitarist in her band the Rose Room. Sherwood Forest is another great band.
There's a lot of great musicians and this youth movement is very prominent and it works well. That's kind of scene that's been going. So it's a really big youth movement right now.
AG: Where do you see your band going to next?
DF: We just released an EP. I'd like to see us in the next two years to start playing more out of our state a bit. We do a lot of Illinois stops. I want to see this venture out of Bloomington and into Missouri, Indiana, and Wisconsin areas. I also want to see us producing our first full album for everybody by giving them a taste of what that is and what we are about.