After a decade-long absence, Daniel Kirkpatrick is returning to rock the Columbia Theatre.
The Longview native who first fronted a band at the theater as a high school senior will lead the Friday night vintage rock show. In addition to Kirkpatrick’s Seattle-based band, the Bayonets, the concert will include local musicians and a choir of current high school students.
The show will include mostly Kirkpatrick’s original material, along with a Rolling Stones song and a cover version of Jimi Hendrix’ “All Along the Watchtower.”
Kirkpatrick burst onto the local rock scene in 2000. For his R.A. Long High School senior project, he assembled a nine-person band including his father, Steve, and played an Eric Clapton tribute at R.A. Long. That show went so well that Kirkpatrick staged an encore at the Columbia Theatre. The Project band returned to the CTPA the following two years with a mixture of classic rock written before Kirkpatrick was born.
After high school, Kirkpatrick attended Lower Columbia College for a year, then decided to break out and chase his dream.
“I was really focused on music,” he said. “I decided to follow my passion” and move to California to play. His band there, As We Speak, had “a little bit of success,” he said.
Kirkpatrick spent about a year singing on a San Diego street corner. He made a meager living, and “singing three to four hours a night, four days a week” damaged his vocal cords.
“That kind of ran its course,” said Kirkpatrick, now 30. He moved to Seattle and took sales jobs for a flavoring company and payroll company. His current day gig is in sales for a corporate travel firm.
For four years, Kirkpatrick gave up playing. “I did a lot of karaoke. It wasn’t the same as being on stage,” so he picked up his guitar again “to see if I could still do it, and see if I could write.”
The answer to both questions was yes.
In a month and a half, he wrote all the songs on his upcoming album, “Alibis.” One of his collaborators is Spencer Booth, 24, also of Longview. “I hadn’t talked to him in 10 years,” Kirkpatrick said.
Booth started commuting from Bellingham to Seattle, and the Bayonets recorded in the Robert Lang Studios, where Nirvana and the Foo Fighters recorded.
Kirkpatrick’s music is reminiscent of bands from the 1960s and ’70s.
“People say it’s Tom Petty meets Bruce Springsteen,” Kirkpatrick said. The jangly guitar chords indeed sound Petty-esque, and Kirkpatrick’s plaintive vocals do, too.
“Everyone in the band has been inspired largely by rock from the ’60s and ’70s,” said Booth, whose parents, Bill and Theresa, still play tunes from that period in their revived band, Phoenix.
The Bayonets’ rhythm guitar player, Longview native Daniel LeBaron, 27, calls the group’s music “vintage rock,” to distinguish it from the harder-edged classic rock. The group’s influences include Petty, Bob Dylan and “a bit of the Rolling Stones,” said LeBaron, who used to play in a Longview band with Booth and Daniel’s brother, Evan.
The other Bayonet is bass player Jordan Cassidy, 33; a keyboards player and female singer sometimes join the group.
Originally, Kirkpatrick thought he’d debut his album at a tavern and invite friends. “I kept thinking how fun it was to play at the Columbia Theatre. We came up with a wish list of people we wanted to perform with.”
Pat Branscom, who was Kirkpatrick’s mentor for his senior project, will play saxophone. Kirkpatrick’s cousin, Bruce, and Austin Brumbaugh will play trumpets.
One of Kirkpatrick’s first ideas was to find a choir to sing on the Rolling Stones song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” just as the Stones had on their studio version.
He and Booth pitched the idea to Brian Mitchell, the choir director at Mark Morris High School. “It developed really quickly,” Kirkpatrick said. “Within a day or two we had the whole thing lined up” with the Mark Morris Advanced Mixed Ensemble.
Kirkpatrick will get a chance to play again with his father, too.
“I haven’t played with him since the last Project concert.”
Tracks of Daniel Kirkpatrick and the Bayonets’ new album, “Alilbis,” can be accessed through the Columbia Theater website, www.columbiatheatre.com.