duo Whiskey Tango
is a crowd favorite
band is a hobby for the two
who just like to entertain
Helen E. McKinney
(August 2009) Having known each other since
both were 16 years old, David Arkenberg and Jeff Forrest thought it
high time they formed their own band. After playing in various bands
over the years, theyve combined their talents into a unique repertoire
that is a crowd pleaser wherever they go.
by Helen McKinney
friends Jeff Forrest (left)
and David Arkenberg formed
Whiskey Tango in November 2008.
David and I have been best friends since we were
16 years old, said Forrest. Weve played in other bands
together, off and on, but never just the two of us. That is until
November 2008, when the duo formed Whiskey Tango.
Relying upon past experience, Arkenberg approached Forrest with the
question, Why dont we put together a duo? The result
is a band that plays mostly classic songs from the 50s through
the 80s and current country hits.
Arkenberg, 47, plays keyboard, harmonica and guitar. Forrest, 46 plays
drums, guitar and percussion. They share lead and harmonizing vocals.
Whiskey Tango got its name when Arkenberg conducted an Internet search
for names. He came across an add which contained the words whiskey
tango and the name stuck, said Forrest. Forrest thought the name
would go over better than his suggestion, Bob (short for Big Ol
A Louisville native, Forrest is a self-taught musician. He has been
interested in music since he was 14 years old and holds a day-job with
Physicians Sales and Service.
We do this because we like to do it, said Forrest. If
we could support ourselves, we would do it full-time. If we get the
jobs, its a plus. If not, were still going to sing.
Forrest attributes Whiskey Tangos uniqueness to his and Arkenbergs
personalities and the degree to which they go to involve the crowd through
sing-a-longs and props. Audience members are often encouraged to don
wigs and glasses and even come onstage and sing and dance.
Our main focus is to be entertaining, said Arkenberg, a
La Grange resident. We like for the audience to have fun.
Arkenberg began playing music when he was 18 and was playing professionally
by age 20. He is originally from the Okolona area of Louisville and
runs his own business, DLA Sr. Insurance Agency.
Whiskey Tango has played in local venues in Carrollton, Eminence and
can often been seen performing at the Holiday Inn in Clarksville, Ind.
They perform at private parties, weddings and have even put on a show
for the Indiana Sheriffs Department.
When it comes to doing local gigs, Wed love to do more,
said Forrest. But theres really no place for bands to play
in Oldham County, said Arkenberg.
Forrest said Arkenberg has put together a CD of original compositions
and the duo has recorded a demo under the name of Whiskey Tango. Arkenberg
said he has made a stab at writing some original songs,
and the duo does perform some of their original music live. We
just dont perform a lot of it in public, because its not
what the people come to hear, said Forrest. They want to
hear what they know.
With Whiskey Tango, its all about having a good time. Wed
play somewhere every weekend if we could, Forrest said.
Whiskey Tango can be seen on My Space at
whiskeytangolv. For more information, contact David Arkenberg at (502)
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