few folks we've shared the stage with:
Jimmy's Chicken Shack
Fools and Horses
Soldiers of Jah Army
Mary Ann Redmond
Hand Painted Swinger
Jonny and the Stingrays
Zachary J Band
Lori and Cletus
Tender Polman Band
few places we've played:
National Capital BBQ Battle
The State Theater
Constitution Hall DAR
Billingsley House Museum
Leesylvania State Park
Hyattsville Concert Series
SIlver Spring Concert Series
Dogfish Head Alehouse
Growler's of Gaithersburg
Old Angler's Inn
is the right band for a memorable night of fun times and high energy
music. They have built a reputation for passionate live performances
and have a large repertoire of fantastic material so each show is
always new and exciting. The band mixes a bit of acoustic rock sensibilities
with contemporary rock grooves and then tops it all off with some
fat guitar edge, tight vocal harmonies, and excellent musicianship,
all the while creating a great party atmosphere.
members of the band have spent most of their lives playing music
and touring both regionally and nationally. It shows in every aspect
of their live performances. Lead singer, John Trupp, was a member
of New Potato Caboose, a band that toured the US for years and released
a major label recording. Working the states, John learned what works
best when you get good folks together who are ready to party.
The band is
perfect for events large and small, catering to the expectations
of the crowd and the event. For a more intimate event the group
can also perform solo acoustic or duo as well. The group can also
do a mix of the two if that is what your event calls for and are
always flexible on songs, sound, lighting, and scheduling. If there's
something you really want, just ask!
has a unique, energetic and fresh approach that gives their music
an original and progressive flavor. The spontaneity of their shows
and symbiotic interaction with the crowd make for an enjoyable and
memorable event of not just music but of experiences of the moment
- something extraordinary that will never be the same on any given
Trupp — Lead Vocals, Strummin', & Exuberant Stage Antics
John is a musician-songwriter
and native of the DC music scene. Early on, he joined a nationally
touring group called New Potato Caboose - what fun. After years
of road warrior touring, NPC was signed to Rykodisc and having sold
tens of thousands of cds, broke up shortly after. He then formed
- a modern funkish rock ensemble with memorable hooks and forgettable
looks. MCA bankrolled a development deal resulting in an untimely
break up after years of regional touring. That's the biz!
had great times recording albums with John Alagia and Doug Derryberry
and made a bunch of cds with various artists. He performed with
their band live and on their cd Reinvigorating the Wheel. He also
jams with Radio Mosaic and produced, mostly wrote, and performed
on their 2 CD releases "Roll" and "Look Around."
Radio Mosaic also has a new dvd from their MHz TV performance.
He also made a solo record
called "Beware of the Dogma" while in between The True
and Radio Mo and just made another CD called Karma Electric where
he produced, performed and wrote all the music and also designed
the cd. John also
has many songs placed in movies and televison.
John's lovin' life, rockin'
out with his pals in Soul Gravity. All the boys in Soul Gravity
just groove so well together and John loves the vibe of this band
and that they can play just about anything. So fun! :-)
Steve Leroy — Ace of Bass, On the Down Low, & Vocals
Steve started out as a trumpet player before switching to baritone horn in junior high. In high school he took a few acoustic guitar lessons and picked up the electric bass, which has been his primary instrument ever since. He taught himself to play bass but continued his music education by studying music theory and harmony in college.
After graduating, Steve moved to New York City, where he performed and recorded with a number of incredible musicians and bands, including Shark Hat, Mindface, Venice Beach Muscle Club, and Buzz Heavy. He relocated to DC in 2009, where he’d put down musical roots during college with a much beloved funk party band, Perfunktory.
Steve is also a songwriter and a music teacher. He teaches music to children, adults and families on Capitol Hill.
"Ronstar" Smith — Kickin Beats, Workin the Groove, & Vocals
Ronnie got bit by the Rock and Roll bug early, and by 10 was drumming on any surface that he could find. He got his first drum at 12 and proceeded to teach himself to play. Formal lessons soon followed, and at 19, he moved to Boston, MA. to attend the Berklee College of Music, attaining their Diploma in Professional Music. He also started playing the guitar around the same time, and still can't put it down ! After school found him back in the DC area, playing 250 nights a year in several different bands that performed all over the Mid Atlantic region.
Ronnie has had the opportunity to work with some REALLY great musicians ! In the 1990's, he formed ZIP with local singer songwriter Cal Everett (4 Out of 5 Doctors), and they were featured on the Washington Area Music Assc. CD "Best Of DC Artists" in 1997. Shortly thereafter, he joined The Larry Burnett Band (singer songwriter from Firefall) for several years and made a great record with them.
Currently, he is playing with Soul Gravity, Jonny and The Stingrays, Deeme Katson, Cal Everett, Greg Reges, and several others. He has also been honored to have been included in several of the local Bandhouse Gigs Tribute shows, including the "Tribute to The British Invasion" show that was recorded and recently released on DVD and CD.
Ronnie also teaches drum and guitar lessons and does studio work. He is also an avid vintage musical instrument collector.
Some of the bands he's worked with are: Tomorrow's Dream, Spyce, Face It, The Locust, The Shake, The Regenerators, Boss Crow, The Spankmasters, Wall to Wall, The Greg Reges Band, Steve Murphy, Bruno Loves Danger, ZIP, The Larry Burnett Band, Wade Matthews, Tommy Lepson, Perry and Polman, The Cactus Liquors, Walnut Grove, Rita Rocks, Karl Stoll and the Danger Zone, Jonny and The Stingrays, Doug Pritchett and Friends, Radio Mosaic, Wood'n'Steel, and many others !
Ziebarth — Killer Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, and Just About Everything
began playing guitar in high school and he’s been playing
in bands ever since. He plays many play styles of guitar (classical,
electric, jazz, steel-string acoustic and pedal steel) keyboards,
bass, mandolin, harmonica, accordian and several other instruments.
You may have heard
him playing guitar and banjo along with a full orchestra for the
musicals Thoroughly Modern Millie and Steel Pier at Montgomery College,
lead and acoustic guitar in Godspell at the Warner Theater or any
of a dozen other musicals for which he was a member of the pit orchestra.
As a veteran of many
wedding bands, he played hundreds of office parties, weddings and
bar-mitzvahs over the years. He played lead guitar on a number of
shows during the heyday of the New Potato Caboose from 1988 –
1990. He was a longtime member of the band Redline and played lead
guitar on their CD Baby Blue. Some other bands he’s played
with have included The Nodes, Feel, Whalebone Junction, Buzzy Linhart
(who wrote the pop hit song "Friends" and played vibraphone
on Jimi Hendrix' song "Drifting"), Charles Wright, The
Next Step, Larry Seals Quartet, Crazy Fingers, Joe Dicey & Jamnation,
Laura Maureen Sullivan (finalist on Nashville Star), Radio Mosaic,
The True, The Hula Monsters and many others.
Dave has recently done
a few gigs on acoustic guitar and keys backing up a great Nashville
singer/songwriter named Jaime Fox. These have included opening for
country star Mark Wills on the 4th of July, and an amazing gig in
Cancun, Mexico backing Jaime and another talented Nashville singer
Shannon Mock, which was filmed and broadcast on the GAC cable network.