When you think of a Rhode Island family band that made it big there is only one answer, The Cowsills, the band that had several hits in the 60s and inspired the television show “The Partridge Family”.
But did you know, there is another family band from RI that is making quite a buzz around town with their brand of great cover music and their mission to educate the public on a cause close to their hearts? The band is The Reminders, a band made up of the Reid Family that includes Tim Reid on guitar and vocals, his wife Taryn on guitar/vocals along with their two adult children Taya on keyboard/vocals and Tyler on drums/vocals.
The Reminders made their debut in 2018 at Lou’s Café (now the Harmony Café) in Manville, RI and has been performing ever since. The band’s name pretty much sums up their repertoire. The Reminders perform music from years past as well as current material. The band makes it a point to select songs with a fun upbeat vibe that gets the audience on the dance floor. Artists covered include such legends as Elton John, The Beatles, Janis Joplin, John Denver, Kenny Loggins as well as some not so obvious artists like The Proclaimers, Fastball and a tune by Lewis Capaldi (Someone You Loved, sung by Taya, a fan favorite). Being a talented four-piece ensemble, all with lead vocal and harmony ability, there is not much The Reminders cannot cover.
The band and family go beyond just making great music, an important part of their mission is to bring attention to autism and overcome obstacles within the magic of music. Tim and Taryn’s young adult children/bandmates are autistic. As public entertainers, the band makes it a point to promote an organization they hold close to their hearts, The Autism Society of America. https://autismsociety.org/who-we-are/
As band leader Tim says “The reason we support this charity and not some of the other more well-known autism organizations is that it does more work not only for helping families with the resources that they need, but also is about educating society about accepting and accommodating autistic people into society without forcing them to mask who they are or conform to all “neurotypical” behavior. When we show up at a venue, we want management, workers, and patrons of the establishment to see Tyler and Taya showcase their musical talent, but also see them navigate their setup and break times and packing up at the end so that they can see how autistic people navigate being in a band. Hopefully, folks will see that autistic adults, even though they navigate the world differently than they do, can be just as much a part of their fun night out as neurotypical people”
As you can see, Tim, Taryn, Taya & Tyler as The Reminders (aka 4-T’s) are more than just your typical band, they are a family making music together while educating the public that autistic people belong in all areas of society including as stage performers. I can only imagine all the people who live with autism directly or indirectly that have been deeply inspired by The Reminders.
You can catch The Reminders this month at The Ocean State Food Truck Festival at Mulligan’s Island in Cranston, RI on Friday, August 19th from 4:30pm – 8:30pm. The band will also return to the place where it all began on Sunday, August 28th from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at The Harmony Cafe (formerly Lou’s Café) located at 47 Summer Street, Manville, RI. Tim also performs as a solo artist at many fine RI venues.
To keep up to date with “The Reminders” shows, events and news as well as Tim’s solo performances, visit their Facebook site @ www.facebook.com/remindersbandlive and be sure to “Like & Follow” the page. To book The Reminders at your event or venue you can reach them at email@example.com or simply send a message via Facebook.