Kings of 88

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The Kings of 88

88 keys on the piano, 4 top pros from the LA music scene, on 1 stage having a rocking good time! That’s The Kings of 88. Presenting a fun-filled tribute to the legends of piano-rock including Elton John (“Take Me To The Pilot,” “Honky Cat”), Billy Joel (“My Life” & “Big Shot”), Billy Preston (“Nothing From Nothing”), Little Richard (“Keep a Knockin’”), Leon Russell (“Tightrope”), Stevie Wonder (“Living’ For The City”), Bruce Hornsby (“The Way It Is”), Coldplay (“Clocks”), Jerry Lee Lewis (“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”), and more.

Made up of an all-star cast of Los Angeles musicians, “The Kings” have carefully crafted a powerful set of music paying homage to piano-rock’s most iconic artists. These longtime friends – each with their own impressive list of credits – have come together to present a collection of songs close to their hearts performed with a sincerity and conviction that will uplift and entertain any audience. Unlike other tribute acts, “The Kings” are not performing material from any specific artist, but rather presenting the iconic classics of the great piano-rock genre that have left an indelible mark on pop music history, as well as select tracks from contemporary artists who are carrying the piano-rock torch into the new millennium.

Founder, keyboardist, lead-singer, and San Diego native, Tommy Reeves is an acclaimed composer whose compositions have been heard on American Idol, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC hit shows Smash and Parks and Recreation, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, E! Special Timbaland, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Access Hollywood, Melrose Place, E! News Live, So You Think You Can Dance, and Dateline NBC. His performance credits include work alongside Reba McEntire, Tony Bennett, Ziggy Marley, Melissa Etheridge, Jesse McCartney, and Burt Bacharach. Tommy is also an experienced educator with nearly 20 years at the world-renowned Musicians Institute, including a 4-year stint as director of the keyboard program. Tommy has also released two solo albums, Anyone Who Isn’t Me and Another Lap Around The Sun. Reeves’ first love is the deep tradition of the epic rock piano tunes presented by The Kings of 88, and he feels right at home fronting a show that pays homage to the renowned artists who have brought the piano center stage.

Drummer and Allentown, PA native Drew Megna is both an alumnus of and instructor at Musicians Institute. His deep knowledge of music reaches across all genres, from rock to funk, jazz to fusion, and beyond. He has studied with some of the most significant drummers of our time, including Dave Weckl, Ralph Humphrey, and Joe Porcaro. His impressive performance credits include: LL Cool J, Smoky Robinson, and Dakota Moon.

Bassist and Washington, D.C. native Maurice Verloop is an experienced session and live bass player who was awarded “Bass Educator of the Year” at Musicians Institute. His long list of recording and performing credits include: Carl Anderson, Nick Menza of Megadeath, Ray Luzier of Korn, and Bruce Conti of Tower of Power, to name a few.

Los Angeles native and University of California Santa Barbara alumnus Joel Wachbrit is an acclaimed guitarist, composer, and producer and two-time winner of the prestigious BMI Film and TV Award for “Theme Song of a Top Ten Show” for composing the theme song for Shark on CBS. Joel’s compositions have been heard on television airwaves worldwide including; True Blood, Dexter, Modern Family, House, Treme, Sons of Anarchy, Homeland, CSI: New York, NCIS and The Office. His recording credits include; Ace Frehley of KISS, Edgar Winter, and The Three Degrees.

These talented friends created The Kings of 88 to share their love of this amazing music. Appealing to a diverse audience, they present an electrifying concert retrospective celebrating these great artists and songs, infused with their own infectious humor and enthusiasm. Their show promises to leave audiences coming back for more!

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Sully and the Blue Eyed Soul Band

11232986_1070850126263302_3994024122953184790_n (1)Bandleader, SULLY, began his music career at the age of 9 at his first paying gig and securing his first recording contract at age 19 with Island Records. Since that time, music has been a central theme in his life.

In addition to being a working-musician, Sully is also a nationally syndicated radio/television talk-host, his shows broadcast weekdays via radio on Clearchannel Media Affiliates, CBS Radio Affiliates, BizTalk Radio Network and Armed Forces Radionetwork in 175 countries and all the ships at sea and simulcast on network television in over 65 million broadcast homes daily and is heard weekday afternoons on NEWSRADIO AM600 KOGO heard from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

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WCR

WCRGet ready to have the time of your life! Rocking out to live music surrounded by a group of people. It doesn’t get much better than that! The WCR is a group of seasoned professional rockers that have come together to create the best variety of rock n’ roll music. From classics to hits, they know it all. The band members include:

-Nick St. Nicholas of Steppenwolf. Known for instant classic hit, “born to be wild”.
-Aynsley Dunbar of Journey. On the most elite drummers in all of rock n’ roll history!
-Lynyrd Skynyrd, also know as the “Sweet Home Alabama” singer!
-Greg Walker from Santana! With his smooth church voice, you can’t resist!
-Vocalist Fran Cosmo from the famous band Boston.
-The lead guitarist from Steppenwolf, Michael Monarch.
-concluding the band includes David Coyle, Mark Hoyt, and Juan del Castillo.

Crimson Crow

Crimson Crow

Tim Kramer formed the band out of a desire to play zingy rock music including the classics of not just the 60’s and 70’s but also the 80’s to the present day. “I was fortunate to find like-minded players” says Tim. Crimson Crow’s stripe of Classic Rock from every era is catching on quickly with audiences in the wider Temecula area.

 

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Ron’s Garage Band

Ron's Garage BandRons Garage originated in the spring of 1994 as a trio devoted primarily to acoustic music.  It did, indeed, come to fruition in a garage in Coronado, California. The band has played at many prestigious venues over the years.  The longest of these being the Hotel del Coronado.  The band recently concluded a 19 year run on the “sun deck” playing every summer (May through October) on Saturdays and Sundays.  Other venues in the San Diego area include:  The Catamaran, Humphrey’s Backstage, Barefoot Bar, Amaya in La Jolla, Hennessy’s in Carlsbad and Pacific Beach, McP’s Irish Pub in Coronado, Costa Azul in Coronado, The Boathouse (now 1887 on the Bay) in Coronado, Dick’s Last Resort in downtown San Diego, the now defunct Firehouse and Island Sports and Spirits in Coronado, BNS Brewery in Santee, Coronado Brewing Company in Coronado and other numerous venues.  The band has also played many private and corporate events at the Hotel del Coronado, La Jolla, Laguna Beach, Las Vegas,  Nv., Phoenix, Az., Surprise, Az., Scottsdale, Az., Tuscon, Az., Loews Coronado, Hard Rock Hotel downtown San Diego and local yacht clubs in the San Diego area (Coronado Yacht Club, Coronado Cays Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club, Southwest San Diego Yacht Club).

Showcasing a variety of cover tunes, the band plays hard rock , classic rock, pop music and country.  With such a wide range of musical standards, Rons Garage can provide entertainment for all individuals seeking excellent live music.

Michael Cavanaugh

0189_864x575Michael Cavanaugh is the New Voice of the American Rock & Roll Songbook. A charismatic performer, musician and actor, made famous for his piano/lead vocals in the Broadway Musical Movin’ Out.

Michael Cavanaugh was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in title role and evokes a style rivaling the Piano Man. Michael appeared in the show for 3 years and over 1200 performances, receiving accolade after accolade, which culminated in 2003 with both Grammy and Tony award nominations.

Michael began playing at age 7, when his parents bought their first piano.  Encouraged by family and friends, and inspired by his hero Billy Joel, Michael formed his first band at age 10 and began playing local functions, fine-tuning the craft that would become his chosen career. His first full time gig as a musician was an extended engagement in Orlando Florida at a piano bar called Blazing Pianos. In January of 1999, Michael received an offer that would unknowingly change his life, with an opportunity to play Las Vegas at the famed “New York, New York Hotel and Casino.” It was there that Billy Joel spotted Michael and joined him on stage one fateful night of February 2001.  It only took 2 songs before Billy was convinced that he had found his new Piano Man, Michael Cavanaugh. Michael closed up shop at New York, New York and moved to New York City to work alongside Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp, to shape the Broadway Musical that would be called “Movin’ Out”.

With the close of Movin’ Out at the end of 2005, Michael began touring in his own right, creating a show that reinterprets the modern pop/rock songbook. Michael soon became one of the hottest artist’s in the corporate/events market.  He continues to perform worldwide for company and charity events as well as sporting events including PGA tour events, the US Open, the Indy 500.  It wasn’t long before Symphony Orchestras discovered Michael’s talents and audience appeal. He accepted his first orchestral booking, “Michael Cavanaugh – The Songs of Billy Joel and more” which debuted in April of 2008 with the Indianapolis Symphony and continues to tour.  In October 2008, he signed with Warner/ADA to distribute his first CD titled “In Color”. In June, 2010, Michael debuted his second symphony show in the “Generations of Rock” series entitled “Michael Cavanaugh: The Songs of Elton John and more” and  then debuted his third symphony show “Singers and Songwriters: the music of Paul Simon, Neil Diamond and James Taylor” in 2012.  He continues to tour all three symphony productions.

Steely Jam

Steely Jam

STEELY JAM BAND

Always the thinking man’s band, Steely Dan created a sound and sensibility that changed the music world forever.  Steely Jam doesn’t just recreate the sounds of Steely Dan. They bring it to life with all the polish, style, musicianship and wry wit that makes the music so irresistible.

Steely Jam pays homage to the sound, the sense of humor and sophisticated social satire that Fagen and Becker created.

They kick off their high heeled sneakers, they lay down the law and break it. They’re the raw flame,  the live wire.  And it makes the night a wonderful thing.

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The Buckleys

TheBuckleys2Versatile– Whatever the musical requirements for your event, the BUCKLEYS will provide hours of excellent quality entertainment. This band truly plays it all….swing with smooth vocal harmonies or quiet background jazz, gritty blues and soul to blazing rock ‘n roll from the 50’s to the 90’s and beyond.

Experienced– With more than 30 years combined experience, the BUCKLEYS are comprised of seasoned musicians from noteworthy bands in Southern California (including Atomic Groove, The Pelicans, Candye Kane and many others). They know what it takes to make your event a success.

Click Here for The Buckleys Song List

The LedStones

LedStones is a Los Angeles, CA based band specializing in Classic Rock covers from the Golden Age of Rock n Roll. Lead singer and frontman Keith England toured and recorded with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Allman Bros. Band and also toured and recorded with legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose in a later edition of the band Montrose. He surrounds himself with the cream of LA session and touring musicians, each of whom have impressive resumes in their own rights, touring and recording with artists like Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes), Jackson Browne, The Wallflowers & Warren Zevon, to name (drop) just a few.

As the name implies, LedStones mines their material exclusively from the greatest days and artists of Classic Rock, focusing exclusively on bands and material from the Golden Years (mid-1960s thru late-1970s) heavy on British Invasion and American Hard Rock… groove-based and melodic, always fun, never cliche. You’re just as likely to hear your favorite album cuts as the “hits”. Classic Rock, Classic Roll…

 

Peter Monroy

Peter Monroy grew up in the California sunshine of Los Angeles raised by a family of talent.
His father was a classically trained tenor.

As early as the age of ten, Peter’s flair for drums, guitar, and keyboards began to blossom, and he decided he wanted to be a drummer!

At 13, he joined his first band playing drums in a Beatles cover band.
At 17, while at a recording session for the band “Shiro,” the singer didn’t show up. Peter wrote the song they were recording, so he figured he might as well sing it . . . and a star was born!
His father recognized his son’s vocal talent and began coaching Peter to develop his unusual four-octave range.

In 1998, Peter decided to move to Las Vegas to play music full time.
By 2000, he had played many local clubs but found the casinos to be a better opportunity to play full time.

In March of 2000, he signed a one year contract with a small local casino called Vacation Village. He honed his craft there and decided in 2001 to end his contract with Vacation Village and venture out to the other properties on the strip.

Peter performed in every top casino lounge on the strip, and his genuine love of music and performing would always wash over the audience, and they couldn’t help being captivated by this mesmerizing entertainer making him a favorite with hotel staff and guests alike.

In 2007, the Venetian Hotel recognized Peter’s uncanny ability to draw and captivate an audience, and they asked Peter to sign an exclusive contract with them. He has been wowing the crowds ever since!

The Peter Monroy Show takes you on a musical journey through the ’70’s, ’80’s, ’90’s and today. As one audience member put it, “No matter what age you are, there’s a song for everybody!”

Peter Monroy blows you away with his uncanny vocal renditions of artists such as Led Zeppelin, Journey, Guns -n- Roses, as well as one of his own compositions, “Again” from his new self-released EP Level 7.

Dos Locos

WHAT EXACTLY IS DOS LOCOS?
It’s like Dueling Pianos – without the pianos and without the dueling….
It’s like a Campfire Sing-along – without the campfire and without the sing-along….
It’s like MTV unplugged – without the cameras and without the Rock Stars….
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC IS IN THE DOS LOCOS SONGLIST?
Literally hundred’s of songs…
Modern and Classic Rock, Pop, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, Current, KROQ, Blues, Country, Grunge, Pop Surf, Disco, New-wave, Soft Rock, Love songs, Fun Songs, Great Songs, Hits, Deep Cuts…..

 

 

 

The Sally Stewart Band

It’s pretty obvious, as soon as she hits the stage that Sally Stewart is in her element.  This talented vocalist and musician can cover all different styles of material with her 3-octave range.  She continuously delights her audiences with her tributes to Chaka Khan, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Ann Wilson just to name a few.  She has performed all over the world delighting corporate audiences with her amazing vocals.  Besides having an album out on CBS Records she has also starred in the movie “Dance to Win.” Sally is also an experienced piano /keyboard player.  Her many accolades include being the recipient of a scholarship at USC (first soprano).

From R&B to Opera to Rock the Sally Stewart Band can cover all the bases!

Who’s playing with Sally?

Drummer: Tony De Augustine has performed with everyone from Dennis DeYoung (STYXX) and Kevin Spacey (when he was doing the Bobby Darrin show’s) to Clint Holmes.  He has been involved with many production shows including The Academy Awards, Spamalot, and The Producers.  His bio truly has too many artists, tours, and shows to mention- he is a total pro and a joy to work with.

Bass Guitar she has the very talented Jeff Zinn.  Jeff can cover 4,5,6, & 7 fretless electric bass and also upright.  He has played just about every “A” lounge in town and has worked with local shows such as the Donnie & Marie  show and Clint Holmes. He has also worked with recording artists- Percy Sledge, The Dazz Band, and Expose to name a few.  It is a treat to play with him!

Keyboards, Sax, Guitar, and Vocals she has Ed Judd who is a favorite around town with anybody.  Besides being very fun to watch, he has experience working with several big name recording artists such as Beyonce. Stevie Wonder, and Wayne Newton.  He took his own band “One Nation” and toured in Japan and Indonesia.  Ed brings a lot to the table…

Lead Guitar, keyboards, and vocals she has Joey Lee.  Her and Joey have been partners in crime for many years.  He brings a huge amount of talent to the stage.  Besides being a consummate musician, he is an amazing vocalist and performer.  He has worked all over the world playing both covers and originals- his album is on A&M Records.  He has the most incredible Rod Stewart impression you will ever see- some might say he might sound better than Rod?!

Watch Sally as Pat Benatar:

 

Dirty Bird

Southern California’s Premier Party Band. Dirty Bird pays tribute to the “best of” the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s including Aerosmith, Black Crowes, Def Leppard, U2, Guns N Roses, Sublime, Santana, Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Doobie Brothers and Journey to name a few. The band’s musical professionalism and variety has proven to be a consistent crowd pleaser.

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