KJ Apa, known for his role as Archie Andrews on the TV series Riverdale, recently got on stage to jam with a band playing at Vancouver bar Guilt and Co.
Footage of Apa playing guitar with Saskatoon band the Steadies, Dec. 15, first circulated on the internet via celebrity website TMZ.
Even though Apa’s Archie Andrews is an aspiring teenage musician on Riverdale, the actor’s actual musical talents surprised Steadies bassist Earl Perieria.
“I didn't know how good he was going to be, like I didn't know he was a lead guitarist until the first 10 seconds,” Pereira said.
According to Pereira, Apa arrived with his entourage and most of the Riverdale cast to listen to a mutual friend sing with the Steadies that night.
After realizing Apa was there, Pereira invited him on stage to perform a song with the band to which he received an enthusiastic yes from the star.
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Apparently Apa’s style meshed with guitarist Jesse James Clark, and they played off each other well according to Pereira. So well in fact, Apa was invited to finish the set with the band, and they jammed for more than 30 minutes playing Steadies’ songs.
"I would just shout the chords at him, and he was right there,” said Pereira, adding that the crowd went wild with Apa’s performance.
“Because [Apa] was so good, and it fit with our sound so well, people were going insane.”
“[The Steadies] love jamming, that's what we do all the time, so I take pride thinking we can jam with anybody. As long as you can hold your own, everything is gonna probably turn out pretty well, and it was better than that,” said Pereira.
There was talk at the end of the night about Apa joining the Steadies in the recording studio next year said Pereira. Pursuing a career in music is not off the table for the actor.
"He definitely has a future in music if he wants it. He's got the talent," Pereira said. "If he ever needs a band, well he's got one."