The Guess Who

Catching up with The Guess Who (By Andy Argyrakis)

As the house lights fade down and the stage spots flair up, the sounds of rock and roll with classic sensibilities and progressive nuances permeate the crowd. At first a familiar chord strikes everyone’s attention, then comes a catchy chorus followed by a memorable solo or remarkable moment of improvisation. Such an ear-pleasing arsenal carries into a non-stop evening of precise performance taking fans on a roller coaster ride of electric instrumentation, timeless balladry, unpredictable jamming and the ultimate sing-a-long experience. It’s a position held by a troupe of true musical luminaries who through over four decades in show business have been loaded with more hits than members can count, record sales well into the multi-millions and more drama than a VH1 “Behind the Music” episode and an E! “True Hollywood Story” documentary combined.

The name is none other than The Guess Who, a group that’s connected with the masses throughout a exultant hit parade including “These Eyes,” “Clap For the Wolfman,” “Hand Me Down World,” “No Time,” “Star Baby” and “Share the Land.” Add in fellow classics and double sided singles like the rock anthem “American Woman” and “No Sugar Tonight,” plus “Laughing” and “Undun,” and the Canadian bred stateside conquerors are amongst music’s most indelible treasures who are eternally etched within the very fabric of pop culture history.

“You’re going to see an excellent version of the songs and hear exactly how they should sound or be played,” verifies founding member and original drummer/songwriter Garry Peterson. “We’re coming at a new generation of fans who are seeing how the band can execute with enthusiasm. And we’re also making sure the respect level remains at an all time high for how the music was initially recorded and remains at an all time high for the fans who have been with the band from the beginning.”

Joining Peterson is fellow co-founder, songwriter and bassist Jim Kale, plus veterans like keyboard player/flutist Leonard Shaw, lead guitarist Will Evankovich and lead vocalist/guitarist Derek Sharp, who began touring with the band in 2008 after Carl Dixon’s near fatal car accident. Together the quintet has launched an ambitious annual tour, criss-crossing the country to adoring audiences and selling out each house with their awe inspiring execution, deft meticulousness and decades of radio penetrating smashes.

“Besides hearing members reproduce each record’s integrity, we’ve exhaustively outlined all the other moments that cannot be reproduced by players on stage,” Peterson explains. “We’ve used technology to bring fans closer to the action than they’ve ever been on any of our previous tours, incorporating everything from the strings in ‘These Eyes’ to the enhanced percussion in “Laughing” to chimes at the end of ‘Share the Land.’ The point of this band is to take time and let fans old and new experience the material true to form. The more we play, the more that’s becoming evident and the comments are astounding!

Departure: The Journey Tribute Band

In their 10th year together, DEPARTURE is the most respected Journey tribute band in the nation. DEPARTURE replicates the look, sound and feel of the original 80’s rock super group. All five DEPARTURE band members are from the original line-up and have been together from the very beginning. These veteran musicians love what they do and have developed an amazing on-stage chemistry and pride themselves on giving their audience an incredible high-energy, qualitative stage show from start to finish. DEPARTURE lead vocalist, Brian Williams, has an amazing singing voice flawlessly matching Steve Perry’s vocal range and on-stage movements, exactly.

DEPARTURE plays all the hit songs that everyone knows and loves. They also highlights the early Journey years when Gregg Rolie was lead singer; featuring DEPARTURE keyboard/ piano player and lead vocalist, Joel Hayes. They perform for 2 hours straight without taking a break to give their audience the true concert experience. Their performance is professional and highly engaging for their audience. Everything heard during their performance is live with no pre-recorded tracks used.

Performing approximately one-hundred shows nationally per year, DEPARTURE brings the very best of Journey to audiences of all ages.

The Devonshires: Legends in Rock

For decades The Devonshire brothers have been entertaining audiences in cities and towns across the U.S. including San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Atlanta, Orlando and New York City.

Their impressive list of clientele includes Walt Disney World, Six Flags, General Electric, Freemont Street, Harrahs Casino, Honda of America, NASCAR, Clear Channel Communications, Blackrock Financial, The American Red Cross, Texas Roadhouse, The Hard Rock Cafe, The United States Navy, and the world famous Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake Iowa.

The Devonshires have performed with numerous rock legends such as Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, The Doobie Brothers, Eddie Money, The Edgar Winter Group, Badfinger, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and The Temptations.

The Devonshires present the LEGENDS IN ROCK Concert TM. The show pays tribute to the rock legends of the 70’s and 80’s and is performed with exceptional musical precision, fully costumed and suitable and fun for all ages.

The band is made-up of an all-star cast of brothers/musicians, each a legend in their own right. The Devonshires “have left an indelible mark in rock music history”. “They’re making a name for themselves around the country” (The Louisville Courier Journal) and “An absolutely fantastic, first-rate show” (Brad Ross, Disney World) are just a few of many accolades for The Devonshires.

Royal & Toulouse

“Comprised of seasoned musicians, Royal & Toulouse draws their energy from the electrified South. Their albums are rich with blues and Southern rock. The group is a jam band at the core and really shines in their slower numbers, letting each measure steep. R+T has received widespread airplay and the attention of very enthusiastic critics such as Paste and Relix Magazines.”