ABOUT US The Boca Bande is an original Boca Grande based rock/dance band that has been transforming special occasions into true celebrations for audiences throughout the South Florida area for the last ten years. Our performers possess a wide range of vocal and musical styles, including: Rock, Motown, Disco, 80s, 90s and today's Top Hits - anything and everything you can dance to! The band draws its influences from the harmonies and songwriting of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Sublime, Eric Clapton, Big & Rich, James Brown and many others. Their music and on-stage performances combine an energetic, melodic and powerful sound. Extraordinary musicians...fabulous vocalists...sensational arrangements of all your favorite hits. We perform the music that you and your guests want to listen and dance to, ensuring that all of your expectations will be met. Formed in 1997, The Boca Bande is made up of well rounded and talented musicians who sound great, look great and know how to run a party. The band performs throughout the South Florida area showcasing their collection of rock/dance music from the 60's through the 2000's. Running operations behind the scenes like a well oiled machine are the bands seasoned road managers Tom and J.C.. From the moment your guests arrive, The Boca Bande will be fully set up and all sound checks completed, making for a smooth transition from dinner to dancing. We provide easy listening CDs for cocktail and dinner hours and DJ dance music during band breaks. When we are hired as a dance band, it's our job to keep the dance floor crowded – and we do just that. The Boca Bande prides ourselves on being able to play a wide variety of styles of the most popular proven dance music, keep our volume controlled, and do highly professional announcing. We play the songs that keep the crowd dancing and our clients pleased. The Boca Bande can make your event a hit. Call to book your event today!
This class act is a great dance band bringing all the best music, energy, showmanship, finesse and dynamics to the stage for your private event or wedding. All five performers sing and play multiple instruments, making them flexible and versatile enough to play every genre of music from any decade, and rock the house doing it! We play to fill the dance floor, but our show is visual and fun for even the non-dancers to watch. For all the celebrations of your life, call The Time of Our Lives Band! Our videos are too large to be uploaded to BookABand.com, but can be viewed on our website or Youtube (search for The Time of Our Lives Band Tampa).
Worldwide Zoo is an electrifying Tampa Bay trio that combine sounds as if it were alchemy. Some jazz, a little latin, lot's of funk, a pinch of space, with blends of world beat and rock. The band was founded in April 2005 by Michael Zabrek(keys) and Santiago Rodriguez(bass) after being asked to play a show in Gainesville, Fl at a bar called the Shamrock. Then known as "Schiavo", they played an energy filled set of songs titled "Schiavo" for a very accepting and forgiving crowd. This sparked the fire and an experiment known as Worldwide Zoo emerged. 25 more shows were played in the first year throughout the Tampa-St Pete. area including a win at a battle of the bands, "based on talent" at the Orpheum, and they're own 15+ act "Zoo Fest" which was held at The Bank in St. Petersburg. In Jan. 2006 the Zoo met drummer Jason Stander and the trio was formed. Switching to live drums gave them the freedom to improvise in a new way. Since then they've done 60+ performances and show no sign of stopping. They've packed houses in Tampa, Gainesville, St. Petersburg, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, even a music festival in Brooksville. Many of their shows have been featured in local scenester rags and the Tampa Tribune decided to do a feature article based on their day to day lives. All have found different things to say about the sound: "Attention-grabbing, jazzy-funky and eclectic as all get out, Worldwide Zoo doesn't cage up its creative beasts, it loads 'em up on a party-cruise ark and floats them ingeniously into your psyche.", "Worldwide Zoo is more of a stylistic salad, a crunchy toss of world beat, folk, rock and jazz."-Julie Garisto(Tampa Bay Times/St. Pete Times) "Sophisticated, jam-intensive brand of funk/jazz...", "Fusing elements of jazz, funk, jam oriented rock and what we will simply call experimental, local organ trio Worldwide Zoo offer forward-thinking sonic explorations that mesmerize....WWZ plays with a sense of purpose, taking the listener around unexpected turns that prove both surprising and pleasing.", "a spacey brand of funk-jazz that's by turns propulsive and exploratory."-Wade Tangelo(Creative Loafing Magazine) "Like George Duke, early Santana (sans Carlos), Herbie Hancock, late Mothers of Invention/Beefheart, maybe some Bernie Worrell and Stevie Wonder. The rhythm section wore huge boots made of bloody granite."-Otolathe "Very now. Crisp. Lots of tinsel. A grooovifonic sound explosion. I dig the vibe. Keep it vague you barbarian freak masters!"-Rob the Canadian "Mix up some traditional jazz, acid jazz and some funk, and you've got a good idea of the sounds. Killer jazz drum solos, Rhodes keys and some crazy bass lines."-Dave Sammon
Biography In the 5th century AD, Augustine of Hippo wrote the book The City of God, which focused on the conflict between society’s obsession with fame and fortune and the true standards of goodness and quality. Some 1600 years later, an underground alt-pop group has adopted the name. In the winter of 2006, City of God exploded on the music scene showcasing their fresh new style of music and incredible musical talents. City of God is a band that has transcended from their hip-hop roots to combine tranquil hip hop lyrics, up beat dance music and smooth R&B melodies. Their influence from all music genres has combined to create their unique sound that has been capturing more and more audiences. A wide variety of musical influences ranging from Jamiroquai, N.E.R.D, Earth Wind & Fire and John Legend show through in the diverse music catalog of City Of God.
The Ft. Lauderdale based band, has created a loyal fan base of supporters with their live show. Their highly energetic show has left its mark on audiences across various regions. Many have said City of God’s Show is a non stop party. “We actually have a lot of fun performing and look like it too!” says Smalls, lead vocalist of the band.
The Hip Hop/Pop band is complete with many essential components that make any band successful. Band members include drummer Raphael Ramos known as “Industry”, bass Guitarist Rocco Milord, lead guitarist Gunnar Vingren, Vocalist Stephanie Magro, Tiago Magro also known as DJ Zion on turntables and Synthesizer and lead vocalist Danny Foganholi also known as “Smalls”.
Foregoing major control for creative freedom, the City of God collectively released their debut album, Rebirth of Swag, this past August, to mainstream fanfare. They’ve recently headlined North Miami’s “Independence Day by the Bay” event and were recognized by the city and mayor of North Miami Beach for headlining their first major music festival. They were also prominent in October’s “Beats on the Beach” music industry conference in Miami where they won 1st Place in the new artist showcase category.
With influences spanning all genres -- from classic R&B to hip-hop, pop, rock and the progressive neo-soul movement – City Of God members promise a party on stage in every performance, non-stop energy, and memorable songs. “One night the band can be laying down slow R&B rhythms at a Jazz Club, the next they’re shaking the walls at a rock venue”, says the Florida Sun Sentinel.
Lou Gramm (born Louis A. Grammatico on May 2, 1950 in Rochester, New York) is an American rock vocalist and songwriter. He was the lead vocalist for the rock band Foreigner for over 27 years and also had a successful solo career. Lou is now recording and touring with the Lou Gramm Band. Gramm began his musical career in his mid-teens, playing in local Rochester bands, including St. James Infirmary (later The Infirmary), and PHFFT. He later sang harmony vocals in another local band, Poor Heart; then went on to sing and play drums, and to eventually become frontman for the band Black Sheep. Black Sheep had the distinction of being the first American band signed to the Chrysalis label, which released their first single, "Stick Around" (1973). Soon after this success, Black Sheep signed with Capitol Records, releasing two albums in succession S/T (1974) and Encouraging Words (1975). With his powerful vocals, Lou Grammatico became Lou Gramm as frontman for the band initially known as "Trigger," and later renamed Foreigner and became one of the most successful rock vocalists of the late 1970s and 1980s. Gramm was the lead vocalist on many of Foreigner’s hit songs, including "Feels Like The First Time", "Cold As Ice", "Hot Blooded", "Urgent", "Double Vision", "Juke Box Hero", "Head Games", "Dirty White Boy" and "Say You Will". The band achieved two of its biggest hits with the ballads "Waiting for a Girl Like You", which spent ten weeks at 2 on the 1981 American singles charts, and "I Want to Know What Love Is", which was a number 1 hit internationally in 1984. In 1987 Gramm released his first solo album, Ready or Not, which received critical acclaim and contained a top five hit single with "Midnight Blue". This was followed by a late 1987 Foreigner album Inside Information and, eventually, a second solo effort, Long Hard Look, that included the top ten hit, "Just Between You and Me", and "True Blue Love", which reached the Top 40. Gramm also performed the title song from the 1987 movie The Lost Boys, titled "Lost in the Shadows." Shadow King was another of Lou’s projects which released its self-titled album on the Atlantic label in 1991. It remains a cult classic among hard rock and heavy metal fans worldwide. With its evocative hooks and melodies, outstanding keyboards and guitars, and the ever powerful vocals of Lou Gramm, it is truly one of the best hard rock releases of the 90s. Gramm returned to Foreigner in 1992 to record three new songs for the compilation, The Very Best of ... and Beyond, bringing a new energy back into the mix. In 1994, the group released the album Mr. Moonlight on the Rhythm Safari label. In April 1997, two months after providing vocals for Christian rock band Petra’s Petra Praise 2: We Need Jesus, and on the eve Foreigner was to leave for a Japan tour, Gramm was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Surgery was successful and Lou continued to tour with Foreigner until late 2002. In 2003, Gramm once again split from Foreigner to rejuvenate his solo career. Following the death of both his father and mother, Bennie and Nikki Grammatico (he a trumpeter and bandleader, she a singer for his Big Band, The Gateswingers), Gramm fulfilled a lifelong wish of his parents that their three musical sons might someday make their music together. Gramm and his brothers, Ben and Richard, formed the current lineup of the Lou Gramm Band (also known as "LGB"). The band has been touring the U.S., Canada, and Mexico steadily since January 2004, as well as occasional dates off the continent...and the touring continues. Lou, Ben, and Richard, with friends Don Mancuso and Andy Knoll, play a retrospective of Gramm’s work with Foreigner, his solo material, plus a few personal favorites of their own. In addition, the band has taken on Christian rock. The Lou Gramm Band will soon release a Christian rock album, which is currently in production, on the Spectra label.