LEHI — Ryan Shupe and his Rubber Band know how to entertain.
They had a capacity crowd on the lawn at the Thanksgiving Point Amphitheater rocking out well into the night Friday.
The crowd seemed to realize Shupe's star is rising, and they may not see him again as cheaply.
After nine years, Shupe and the boys are getting the notice they so richly deserve.
These are a bunch of talented, charming, funny guys who can play a mean guitar, banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, croon a ballad and duel with the devil in style.
They know how to sing, and they know how to reach an audience. It's really quite remarkable.
And that's surprising, because Shupe says he didn't start out planning on being a musician with a No. 2 record on the national country singles chart. In an earlier interview with the Deseret Morning News, Shupe said, "It started out I was just in college and just wanted to make a band. So me and a bunch of friends that played music started playing. Then shortly after that, we became a five-member band. I don't know how serious we are yet."
Today, Shupe and his "Rubber Band" are opening for Trisha Yearwood, working with Capitol Records and hearing their song, "Dream Big," on the airwaves.
"It's been a steady rise," Shupe said. "We're moving along."
Mostly, it's been fun, he said. Fun is something he prizes and a quality that is reflected in the band's music.
"If you're not having fun, you should probably change what you're doing. Life's too short to not be having fun," he said.
Shupe thinks "Dream Big" is doing well because it strikes a common chord with people.
"It's a song of hope," he said.
Two members of the band are from Utah County: Roger Archibald and Craig Miner. Archibald is from Spanish Fork. Miner is from Orem.
The group has produced five albums. "Dream Big" is the latest.
They perform a unique kind of music that Shupe describes as "postheehawfunkadelichiphopnewgrass."