Tank Anthony Band is ready to play

Local musicians will start Downtown Country Jam

- Messenger photo by Bill Shea
Alex Trevino, left, and Tank Anthony, performing as the Tank Anthony Band, were on stage at a recent fundraiser for state Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink, R-Fort Dodge. The Tank Anthony Band will be the opening act at tonight's Downtown Country Jam.

The first live music the crowds packed into the intersection of Central Avenue and Ninth Street will hear tonight will come from the Tank Anthony Band.

That’s a group of local musicians who will be the first to take the stage for what is likely to be the biggest show they have performed in.

“I’m super excited,” Tank Anthony, the leader of the band that bears his name, said recently.

He described himself as “just getting warmed up.”

Anthony is a native of Texas who moved to Iowa following a military career that included nine years in the Marine Corps and four years in the Army.

The members of his band are Fort Dodge musicians Jeff Fosbender, Owen O’Brian, Elijah Smith and Alex Trevino.

Anthony said the band will debut a new original song during the Downtown Country Jam.It is called “Together in Hell.” He described it as “an outlaw kind of tune.”

The band will also play songs from Luke Combs, Band of Heathens and Brantley Gilbert, among others.

Anthony said he began playing guitar in November 2019. Before that time, his musical endeavors were limited to some singing, none of which was in a professional capacity.

“I mean, I sang a little, but nothing serious — karaoke at the bar,” he said.

The Tank Anthony Band will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. today.

Jake McVey will follow at 6:45 p.m..

Big & Rich will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.


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