Hi everyone…well we are almost two weeks out from the show and I haven’t even announced the official line up of the show “Rock the Glam”! Last year we had these awesome guys starting from left to right, Bob Sach on bass, Dan Aakhus on keyboards, Johnny J. Rivera on guitars, Matt Vocalist extraordinaire, Mike Meecham on Drums, and Joey Singer on Piano, in addition to Carlos Perez (not photographed) on percussion, and Tom Ehlen on Trumpet.
This years line up will be a mix of last years crew and some new invitee’s. Unfortunately Joey, Mike, and Matt will not be joining us. Joey is now the new musical director for Mama Mia, “YAY”, who is not allowed to sub out for the gig, Dan will be sitting in for an orchestra where he could not sub out as well, and though we loved Matt our budget required us to find a local vocal talent this year so we couldn’t have him back. Which leads me to our new line up…drumm roll please….
I love this guy…this picture says it all. Ben and I probably met about eight years ago, but this is our first musical colab since then. He has been busy playing the roll of Johnny Cash in the show “Million Dollar Quartet” which spotlights the last studio session Jerry Lewis, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins were in the studio together. Great show if you have a chance to go and see it. So although he can sing very looooow, you will have to come and see what I am making him do at the show…it will amaze! He will also be filling in here and there are guitars when needed which is awesome to have the option with another vocalist.
Emilio is our latest recruit and fresh out of school, which is a blast to see new talent emerge on the scene, and yes you guessed it folks, this is Johnny J. Rivera’s son. I can’t wait until rehearsal when we get to see what he can do. If your father didn’t just have vocal surgery you would probably be in for some good harassment Emilio…we will go easy on you! =) So cool to have you aboard.
After we lost Mike we were referred to Jess Gopen. He’s definitely got this rocker edge I love about him, which will work perfectly for some of the tunes we have planned for the set list. He is the drummer for Clint Holmes who has a monthly show at the Smith Center as well.
The first time I saw Dan play was when I was seeing the Scintas show down at the D Theater. I was then referred to him after my piano guy got called out to play for Terry Fator…the nerve! =) Dan was so generous to come on board since his schedule is crazy, and since he still had a show that night. He wanted to do something for the Shade Tree which makes it even cooler to have him.
I have quite a few other surprises planned for the show, but you will have to come to see what I’m talking about. Tickets are available at http://www.thesmithcenter.com and the show is July 12th @ 7:30 pm. If you are traveling from out of town and are wondering where to stay, The Smith Center is closer to Fremont street (the old Vegas) so you can stay down there or on the north end of the strip where the Wynn is.
If you check back in after the 4th maybe I’ll post some footage from rehearsal. Until then here’s a good pic from last years show with Dan Aakhus, Johnny J., and Carlos.
Much love friends,