Little River Band
Little River Band was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1975. It was originally a blend of musicians who had enjoyed success in other Australian rock acts. Their new focus was to get airplay on American radio, and they achieved that goal with good songwriting, powerful vocals, and guitar harmonies. They immediately claimed their place as one of the great vocal bands of the ’70s…and the ’80s.Between 1976 and 1983, chart success in America includes the following singles: It’s a Long Way There, Help Is on Its Way, Happy Anniversary, Reminiscing, Lady, Cool Change, Lonesome Loser, The Night Owls, Take It Easy On Me, Man On Your Mind, We Two, and The Other Guy.
Little River Band is considered to be one of Australia’s most significant bands. Worldwide album and CD sales now top 30 million. They also set a record for having Top 10 hits for 6 consecutive years…the first band to achieve that mark. And according to BMI, Reminiscing has garnered rare status with over 5 million airplays on America radio…and Lady is close behind with over 4 million airplays. LRB was rightfully inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame at the 18th Annual ARIA Music Awards of 2004.The current lineup brings new energy and arrangements to the classic hits, making new memories for the audience out of each live performance. It’s always fun to watch as people are swept up by the show’s vitality and the volume of hits from LRB’s history. You’ll see plenty of people mouthing the words…”I love this song…I forgot it was one of Little River Band’s hits!”
County Road 5
County Road 5 was established in the fall of 2003 and has exceeded the expectations of its members and fans alike. The group has endured the rough terrain like many groups do, of finding permanent members, creating a marketable product, and establishing their own identity. Finding time in their busy schedules of 250 performances per year and writing original music, they have released four albums thus far, with more albums in the works.
The first album titled “Drink about it” was released in the fall of 2007. This album contains “Drink I couldn’t handle”, and “Drink about it”, “Gone Fishin'” among several other songs that have been featured frequently on many occasions via radio, internet, and television! These songs were in the Top 100 Most Requested Songs of 2008 on Radio Free Texas (“Drink I Couldn’t Handle” – #16 & “Drink About It” – #34).
The second album “County Road 5, Out of control at the Hilltop” was released in the fall of 2008, which is a live recording at the legendary Hilltop bar in Tonganoxie, Ks. A music video was then released for the song “Drink I Couldn’t Handle” in the fall of 2008 and is featured on many media outlets throughout internet and tv including… CMT’s “Concrete Country”, GAC’s “Edge of Country”, Youtube, XM Sattellite Radio, Lonestar Music, Radio Free Texas, NIXA Country, among many others.
The third album titled “Asphalt & Whiskey” was released in the Spring of 2012. The “Asphalt & Whiskey” album has finally sealed the identity of the group, given them their true sound they have been searching for, and has been the most downloaded, most sold, and most popular album released thus far. CR5 released a music video for the song “Country’s What You Got” in the Fall of 2012, and it has been featured on CMT’s “Concrete Country”, GAC’s “Edge of Country”, Youtube, XM Sattellite Radio, Lonestar Music, Radio Free Texas, NIXA Country, among many others as well.
The Kansas City based band Switch has been performing in the Midwest since 2006. Switch features a wide variety of music and takes pride in playing styles from many different genres. The band stands behind the belief that most people like many kinds of music, not just one. Thus, no one leaves a Switch show without hearing a song they like or recognize.
Kim Switch is the band’s primary lead vocalist. She returned to rock the mic in 2014 after an 17 month break where she established and still runs a very successful DJ/Karaoke business. Kim is the original singer of Switch and is well known for her soaring vocals and her energetic and contagious stage presence. Switch is thrilled to have her back!
Deano is the founding member of Switch and enjoys “Switching” it up at each show between instruments. In the earlier years of Switch, it would not be unusual to see Deano switching between guitar, keyboards, and bass. After finally settling on bass, Deano is returning to his roots and adding keyboards to the band once again. In addition to his instrumental talents, Deano’s extensive background in live sound (mixing for hundreds of national acts) helps to give Switch a warm, professional and dynamic sound. Deano also sings lead and handles fronting duties. As a footnote, Dean was also voted as the Top Bass Player 2011 in Harleys and Horses Black Tie and Jeans Awards.
Brian Couch joined Switch in 2010 and has been wowing fans with his multi-talented skills. Brian plays lead and rhythm guitar, keyboards, bass guitar and sings lead as well as harmony vocals. Brian is also Switch’s music director and is responsible for arranging the many songs that Switch plays in a show. Even though Brian is busy Switching it up the whole night, you never know where he will be – look for him on the stage or out in the crowd.
Rusty Crewse joined Switch at the tail end of 2010. Rejoining his bandmates Deano and Brian from their days with the Boston tribute 4th Stage, Rusty came armed with his Les Paul and Marshall amp, and showed the crowds how to rock… and the magic of “The Dream Team” lives on. Rusty is also well known as Ace Frehley in the Midwest’s best KISS tribute band, KISS ALIVE. Rusty joined the arsenal of lead singers in Switch with his distinctive style. Be sure to watch for Brian and Rusty’s cross over technique, when they each play the other’s guitar without taking them off. Rusty’s commanding style leaves no part of any stage untouched.
Although Charles Sims just joined as the drummer of Switch in 2015, his history with Dean goes way back to their days on the road together in the 80’s with the legendary band Frodo. “Critter” has since played in all kinds of bands and can master any style. His flair and energetic approach to music is right at home in Switch.
The name Switch says it all and fits one of KC’s most versatile bands. Be sure to catch Switch whenever you can – you won’t be disappointed. Fair warning: you should arrive as early as possible – Switch shows are usually a sellout. The band provides a volatile mix of music, energy, great sound, and the ability to make any event a memorable one. See you there!!!