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- Greg Kihn
- Mickey Thomas and Starship
Fairs & Festivals
- Capitola Begonia Festival
- Millbrae Art & Wine Festival
- Los Gatos Fiesta de Arts
- San Jose Tapestry and Talent
- Santa Clara Street Dance
- Celebrate Saratoga
- Los Gatos Bandstand Boogie
- St. Francis Cabrini Funfest
- Tracy Beanfest
- Walnut Creek Art & Wine
- Sunnyvale Art & Wine
- Almaden Art & Wine
- San Ramon Art & Wind
- Holy Family Carnival
- St. Lucy's Carnival
- Mushroom Mardi Gras
- Dancing on the Avenue
- Santa Clara County Fair
- Walnut Creek OctoberCreekFest
- Moraga Pear Festival
- Stockton Asparagus Festival
- Gilroy Garlic Festival
- Paul Kent - Guitar, Vocals
- Simon Santiago - Guitar, Vocals
- Nick Chargin - Keyboards, Vocals
- Steve Strom - Bass, Vocals
- Joe "BAM!" Rizzi - Drums, Vocals
- Mike McWilliams - Trumpet
- Al Gonzalez - Trumpet
- Michael Mendoza - Tenor Sax
- Jon Hassan - Baritone Sax
- Kevin Bryson - Trombone
- Bill Tasto - Sound Engineer
- Lima Family Mortuaries
- El Camino Hospital
- Fallen Officers Association
- Reach Air Services
- Institute Internal Auditors
Civic Concert Series
- San Bruno
- Redwood City
- Mountain View
- Santa Clara
- San Jose
- Willow Glen
Paul Kent, Guitar, Vocals
Paul was born in Brooklyn but spent most of his youth in Rockland County, New York, moving to Palo Alto, California in his teens. His musical influences include Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Southside Johnny, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, 60's Stax and Motown groups. His guitar influences are Eric Clapton, Mike Campbell, Joe Bonamassa, Chuck Berry, James Burton and Pete Townshend.
Paul plays a custom Scott Lentz Telecaster, Fender Telecasters and occasionally a Gibson Les Paul guitar through Fender Bassman and VOX AC30 amps.
"Rock & Soul music is very important to a lot of people. Of course it's entertainment and is fun, but the personal connection that people have to timeless songs is very intense - that's what makes it timeless! Much of the fun in what we do is seeing people singing along, pumping their fists, or just smiling from ear to ear when we launch into a song that has that personal connection for them, or evokes a great memory - whether it was last week, last summer, or years ago. The magic moments are when a whole audience connects to a song and you can tell we're all connecting to a special time in our lives."
Simon Santiago, Guitar, Vocals
Simon has been playing guitar since the age of 13. He also dabbles in bass, piano, mandolin, ukulele, and Native American flute. Original projects include SUMO, Hollow, Crazy Man Soup, and Screaming Rubber Chicken. Influences range from The Beatles, Van Halen, Jonatha Brooke, Warren Haynes, Jimi Hendrix, Alain Johannes, and Tom Morello.
Simon was born in the Philippines... moved to Massachusetts at the age of 7... and just migrated to California at the end of 2012.
Nick Chargin, Keyboards, Vocals
Nick has been playing music since the age of 5, starting out on piano and later picking up guitar in his teens. Moving from his hometown of Stockton,CA in 1984, he has spent the better part of his life writing, playing and recording original music with multiple San Jose bands including BlissNinnies, Elephino and Shady Groove as well as playing stints with musical legends Zigaboo Modaliste and Ike Willis. He is currently in the midst of writing a musical (about a guy who's head is shrinking.) His varied musical influences include everything from Stevie Wonder and P-Funk to Frank Zappa and Yes, from Miles Davis and John Coltrane to Little Feat and Phish, from NWA and Outkast to the Toy Dolls and the Dead Kennedys. Nick's dynamic stage presence is both fun and thoroughly entertaining. He has been known to pull up audience members to be directed along with the band on slide whistle and triangle, participate in on-stage vignettes, and to generally strive to expand the entertainment value of a show.
Steve Strom, Bass, Vocals
Holding down the bottom end, rock-steady Houserocker bassist Steve Strom has been playing bass in a variety of bands for over twenty years. With his eyes closed and bare feet tapping, Steve is a fan favorite on stage, taking the audience on wild rides with his funky solo's and authentic bass lines for the Houserockers' rock, rockabilly, 60's soul and swing songs - he's even been known to lend a hand on vocals.
An accomplished and versatile musician and composer, Steve plays in a number of musical projects. His middle name is Leonard, which originates from the Old High German Leonhard containing the prefix levon ("lion") and the suffix hardu ("brave" or "hardy").
Joe "BAM!" Rizzi, Drums, Vocals
The backbeat for the Houserockers is provided by Bay Area veteran drummer Joe "BAM!" Rizzi. Long before Food TV icon Emeril Lagassi popularized the term BAM this BAM! has been "kicking it up a notch" of his own, rockin' dance audiences for three decades. BAM! provided the backbeat as an original member of one of the Bay Area's most popular 70's dance bands Ivory Tower. BAM's solid in-the pocket style is directly influenced by what he describes as the Three Tenors of Rock n' Roll drumming; Charlie Watts, Ringo Starr and Max Weinberg, the supreme kings of the backbeat. Bam's solid drum style provides dancers the groove they need to tear up the dance floor as they sway and stomp to The Houserocker's infectious groove oriented repertoire. When BAM! isn't heating up his drum kit on stage, he is firing up the stove as a Personal Home Chef ( www.thechefworks.net) for busy families on the run, "good food, good friends and good music all groove together! Mangia Bene! Eat Well!
Mike McWilliams, Trumpet
Adding some high end to the powerful Houserockers horn section is Mike McWilliams on Trumpet. Mike began playing the trumpet at age 10, and continued to play all throughout high school and San Jose State University, playing in the Jazz band, Symphonic band, and Marching band. He also marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from 1974 to 1985, building his chops up to cover lead parts from a very young age. Mike’s main influences are Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson, Al Hirt, Tower of Power, and Earth, Wind, and Fire. Mike plays on a Flip Oakes Kanstul “Wild Thing” Trumpet, with a Monette B4L Prana Mouthpiece. His horn microphone is a Sennheiser E908TEW, paired with a Sennheiser EW 152 G3 Wireless system. Mike has been playing in local bay area horn bands since 1984, believing that real horns add a certain sparkle to a band, like icing on the cake, and cannot be covered with keyboards or synthesizers. Mike also plays jazz with the Nineteen Jazz Ensemble and Funk/R&B with Pacific Standard Time. There is no substitute for real brass!
Al Gonzalez, Trumpet
A powerhouse member of the Houserocker Horns is Alfonso A. Gonzalez, who's had a horn in his mouth since the age of 12. Raised in Costa Rica, Al has been in California for over 30 years, and honed his trumpet chops in high school and college. He has opened up for and/or played with Joe Henderson, Allen Vizzutti, Greg Abate, The Smother Brothers, Miles Anderson, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Larry Vockuvich, and Louie Bellson. He credits Maynard Ferguson and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass among his influences. Al Also plays Funk/Soul with The JT Horns.
Michael Mendoza, Tenor Sax
Sax player Mike Mendoza brings rich and varied musical experience to the Houserockers. Having played the sax since he was 12, he attended Abraham Lincoln High School (San Jose, Ca.), where he played in the marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, and jazz quintet. While in high school, he was first chair alto sax in the Santa Clara County Honor Band for two years in a row and also played lead alto with the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Festival Symphonic Band. He was named Outstanding Instrumentalist his junior and senior years in high school, and was awarded the Semper Fidelis Award for musical excellence. In 1995 and 1996, he played lead alto with the Santa Clara University Jazz Ensemble, where he had the opportunity to perform with Tony Williams and Greg Bissionette as a part of the university's Spring Jazz Concert. At De Anza College, Mike performed with the De Anza College Jazz Ensemble, and won Outstanding Soloist at the American River College Jazz Festival in 1998. He played three seasons in Great America's Way Too Much TV Band, and an R&B/soul show called Club Paramount. Currently, Mike plays and Gigss with the jazz/swing band Hot Town Jubilee, and performs with the Musician's Warehouse Big Band, as well as the JT Horns.
Jon Hassan, Baritone Sax
Jon's been playing the sax for over 30 years and played in Europe for several years while a member of the Army. He plays all of the saxes, especially loves the baritone, as well as the flute, bassoon and, somewhat grudgingly, the clarinet.
Kevin Bryson, Trombone
Kevin Bryson is a trombonist, composer, and educator based in the Bay Area. He graduated magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 2008, where he was a recipient of the Lawrence and Alma Berk scholarship. He maintains a busy teaching studio and has worked as a brass clinician with many local schools. Originally drawn to music by the big bands of the 30s and 40s Kevin has taken his passion for trombone playing and performing to a wide variety of genres including Jazz, Salsa, and of course Rock & Soul with The Houserockers.
Bill Tasto, Sound Engineer
Bill is our resident audio & technical magician.
“The Los Gatos-based band advertises itself as one of the hardest working bands in Northern California and everyone in attendance could tell. Right from the very first note to the last strum of the guitar, the Houserockers put on quite a show. ‘I’ve been coming for years and this is definitely the best I’ve ever seen,’ exclaimed Tammy from San Jose. Tammy and the rest of her friends spent the night dancing and swaying to the music. (story)
“The Houserockers is not just another cover band. In 2010, after more than a decade of honing their chops, these guys, for the first time, entered the KFOX Radio Last Band Standing competition. They won the title of ‘Best Cover Band in the Bay Area.’ The Houserockers have crowds dancing from San Francisco to Monterey... In a sea of cover bands, The Houserockers swam to the top echelon. (story)
“The Houserockers combined a mix of fast-paced beats with slower melodies and managed to keep concertgoers dancing from the moment they took the stage until the very last song. (story)
“If you haven’t had a chance to see the Silicon Valley Houserockers cover band you’re missing out on one of the true gems in bay area music. Led by front man Paul Kent, the Houserockers have become one of the bay areas most highly sought after acts, and one of the busiest. Winners of the 2010 K-FOX “Last Band Standing” competition as the best cover band in the bay area, the Houserockers playlist includes rock, R&B, funk and soul hits from the 60’s and 70’s with a sprinkling of 80’s and 90’s rock and soul tossed in for fun. (story)
“The Houserockers capped off the event and had the crowd dancing with their horns, strings, keyboards and drums playing in perfect harmony. (story)