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South 65's sound is born of the legendary country roots of Bakersfield with a whole lot of rock attitude.
Members: Bill Starling, Guitar and Vocals, Evan Hiney, Bass and Vocals, and Bret Merrill on drums.Genre: Classic Rock
About: They simply ROCK and sometimes ROLL!
SOUNDHOUSE...SOUNDHOUSE...SOUNDHOUSE...If you have been to any of California's elite events, concerts, or night clubs, then there is a very good chance you haveheard this chant. Since their conception in 2008, the band quickly built a huge and loyal fan base (over 2,700 followers on Facebook alone)! SOUNDHOUSE plays your favorite rock, country, reggae, ska and R & B songs from the late 70's, 80's, & 90's. You will see the audience dancing, shaking and singing along with every song, making it fun and festive for all in attendance. Their song list ranges from PRINCE, MICHAEL JACKSON, BAD COMPANY, THE CARS, HANK WILLIAMS JR., GARTH BROOKS, BOB MARLEY, SUBLIME, LYNARD SKYNARD, DURAN DURAN and MANY more! SOUNDHOUSE is comprised of four gifted musicians, some who have worked, toured and/or recorded with some of the world’s best-selling artists. If you are looking for one the best cover bands, who plays a set everyone knows and loves, around, that will play songs that EVERYONE knows and loves, well look no farther, because SOUNDHOUSE is your band!
Genre: Wide Variety Rock
Gene Baker - Guitar and vocals
Rett Fischer - Bass guitars and vocals
David Visser - Drums and vocals
Mean Gene Band today is based out of Greensboro NC yet originally began in Pismo Beach CA. Wide variety ROCK!
Mean Gene Band alias MGB. Updated as of 2016 Gene relocated to Greensboro North Carolina to team up with Roscoe Guitars along with his own b3 and Mean Gene brands of custom built instruments.
Stay fine tuned North Carolina as MGB East Coast Chapter begins making their mark on the South.
Originally based out of Pismo Beach, CA, MGB is best described as a fun, powerhouse, wide variety ROCK band, pooling polished Acoustic to Electra-fried renditions of the best of the best. Specializing in Genuine Rock and the hits of each genre that keep everyone rocking all night long.
MGB has a great feel for delivering what any audience wants to hear. A group of seasoned pro players that have graced the stage opening for many well known artists such as; Robin Trower, Blue Oyster Cult, Quiet Riot, Thin Lizzy, Billy Idol, Pat Travers as well as sharing the stage performing with legendary guitar icon “Ronnie Montrose”.
In 2009 the band went thru a name change from “Mean Gene and the Portable Jon's” given 3 Jon's in the band to the new name of MGB. As years passed and “Jon's” entered or exited the band “Gene” remained the consistent player and the name changed in 2009 to “MGB” Mean Gene Band. We have dubbed the evolution as “UQM” a “University of Quality Musicians” meaning the band has always been well known and respected for having great players/singers so the audience always gets an excelled musical experience.
Although MGB started as a 3 pc power trio we didn't truly take form until 2013 as Kelly Atwell became the 4th member and front man/lead singer for MGB, adding to the expanding variety or Genuine Rock to be served.
Catering to the audience, entertaining to all age groups, MGB can tailor a show to that of the majority. The perfect band for Fundraisers, Bike Runs, Weddings, Birthdays, Festivals, Wineries, Corporate events and we love helping Charity's too and guaranteed to pack that dance floor for a very memorable night and always asked for return shows.
Gene Baker – Guitar/Vocals
Founder, front man and driving force behind the MGB motorcade. Dubbed “Mean Gene” in his teens for his energy fueled rippin guitar playing coupled with a strong vocal approach, all which contradict his modest/humble off stage persona. “86” Musicians Institute of Technology graduate, world renown as the designer/luthier of “b3” custom guitars via their company “Premier Builders Guild” having worked for both Gibson and Fender Custom Shops. 1990 Author of “Mean Gene's Insane Lead Guitar” instruction DVD/manual with multiple Guitar Competition titles under his belt. Guitar enthusiasts know him well.
Kelly Atwell – Lead Vocals
Big things often come in small packages and Kelly is a true performer and front man from the word GO. A virtual vocal chameleon adapting to most any style from soft and nice to lungs flame throwing screams born and raised on pure rock. Well known for his iconic role in High Voltage an AC/DC Tribute as well as having shared the stage with legendary Ronnie Montrose for multiple shows in 2011. Kelly’s versatility expands MGB into anywhere we wish to go.
MGB In summary, we LOVE to travel and share what we do with all we meet. With California being our travel zone, if you need a great band then were ready to roll.
Gene Baker (805) 478-7017 phone/text firstname.lastname@example.org email