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Tennis serves up its songs at Urban Lounge

Published April 19, 2012 8:12 am

Music • Trio from Denver share tales from the high seas, perform on April 24.
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The Denver three-piece group Tennis creates melodic, beautiful music that updates the sound of girl groups from the 1960s. After the husband-and-wife team of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore graduated from the Denver campus of the University of Colorado, they left music behind to sail along the Eastern seaboard for seven months. The duo several times had to rescue flat-bottomed fishing vessels that had radioed "Mayday" on Channel 16, Moore said in an interview, but several times they were helped themselves by the United States Coast Guard. On one occasion, a massive freighter was headed straight into the path of the small boat Riley and Moore were commanding. The pair repeatedly hailed the freighter to alert them to their presence — to no avail. Then, out of the darkness, a Coast Guard cutter called Moore's boat to let them know that the Coast Guard had contacted the freighter on their behalf to tell the freighter to change course, to avoid crushing the small boat. "We sounded like scared children," Moore said. "They were very caring." After the experience, Riley was seriously considering applying to Officer Training School with the Coast Guard until the group unexpectedly hit it big. The Coast Guard's loss is music's gain. Wild Belle opens.

When • Tuesday, April 24 at 9 p.m.

Where • Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 in advance, $12 day of, at 24Tix