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Friday Night Live Music with Retro Rockits
October 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jason Wells: Lead Vocals and Percussion
Jason spent most of his adult life as the owner/operator of a successful DJ & Karaoke company. Entertaining eastern Iowa for over 20 years. In his 20’s he discovered his love for the stage and became the front man for a rock band that traveled all over the midwest performing at festivals, fairs and clubs. Having been out of the music scene for a few years now, he is looking forward to jumping back in and showcasing his vocal talent and entertaining stage presence with the very talented musicians that are Retro Rockits.
Doug Allemang: Drums and Percussion
Doug grew up playing drums in old school soul, blues, and R&B bands, tours that included playing with multi-Grammy Award winning keyboardist and composer Mike Daugherty and Cedar Rapids blues guitarist and stalwart Dennis “Daddy-O” McMurrin. Over the years he has played with numerous musicians and bands in the Cedar Rapids area and around Eastern Iowa. With Retro Rockits he is really enjoying getting back to his musical roots and providing the rhythmic foundation for the great radio hits of the classic rock era.
Keith Shriver: Bass and Vocals
The lone Southern transplant in Retro Rockits and Florida native, Keith headed to Iowa after more than 20 years in Georgia. After a stint with keyboards in a high school/college project, he switched to bass and started singing. His bass influences include John McVie (Fleetwood Mac), Dusty Hill (ZZTop) John Lodge (Moody Blues) and Dean Dinning (Toad the Wet Sprocket). Keith played with Atlanta-area bands 3 AM, Copper, Roadside Sofa, Catfish Johnson, The Shetlands, and on solo artist Rick Crane’s 2003 release, Stretch. Keith joins former Vintage band mate Doug Allemang in Retro Rockits.
Kevin Simnacher: Guitar and Vocals
Kevin has played in several bands over the years, including Ratler, Fighter, Tan Yer Hide, Monkey Business, Harvey Headbanger, Full Circle, SaLOONatics and Robin Banks.
Influences include top 40 radio hit music of the 1970s and 80s and bands like Boston, Journey, Toto, Kansas, Asia, Jefferson Starship, Saga, Rush, 38 Special, Blackfoot, Loverboy, Styx, Foreigner and Survivor.
Kevin has written and recorded 5 solo albums to date. For more information visit kevinsimnacher.com Kevin plays guitars by Carvin, Dean, Musicman, and Fender.