These groups and musicians below really brought down the house at the event! Their talents really shined through and we thank them for participating and hope you all enjoyed them as well! Congrats to The Matt McCallie Orchestra for winning the event!
Pre-Show: Andrew Craft
I was born. Years later I discovered music. I began to sing. My soul was lifted. I hope you are lifted also.
Andrew Craft – Solo Guitar and Vocals
Band 1: Bethany Caudill
Bethany Caudill has lived in Ava Missouri most of her life. She raised three kids Seth, Delaine and Destiny. She also graduated from Ava High school in 1977. She was on Gary Whites Midnight Opry TV show in 1979 twice. She has been in 3 Branson Missouri shows Elvis and the Super stars, Hank and Friends, Patsy and Friends shows 1992 -1995. She also was in a blue grass group called Light of Home and they made a cd and preformed MDA channel 10, Telethon, and many parks and churches. She is also a Wynonna Judd impersonator for Nashville Tennessee. Bethany started singing in church at age 8 and learned how to play guitar at age 12 . She has also played some base.
Bethany Caudill – Solo Guitar and Vocals
Band 2: The Facts O’ Life
Five more talented, versatile, experienced musicians have never been assembled in one quintet. The basic FACTS have 5 musicians and each has his own unique singing style. The Facts perform Classic Rock, Swing, Oldies, Soul, Disco, or the latest dance tunes like "Blurred Lines", or "I Gotta Feeling" and "Cupid Shuffle". They can even whip a few Country Classics on you from the likes of Garth Brooks or Johnny Cash. With more musical experience than almost any other band in the country, you can rest assured the Facts will custom design the music for your event.
Mike Junge - Guitar
Rob Terry - Trumpet etc.
Fred Kratky - Drums
Gary Wood - Bass
Gary Gibbs - Sax
Bob Plummer - Trumpet
Terry Kratky - Keyboards etc.
Patty Bommarito - Vocalist
Appearing at St. Raphael Watermelon Fest Aug 20
Band 3: The Matt McCallie Orchestra
The Matt McCallie Orchestra is what's known in the music industry as a GB band, which stands for General Business. This is why we can do almost anything. There is no finer ensemble in Saint Louis for entertaining classy, luxurious, and fun events. This award winning band is formed of highly accomplished world travelled musicians with degrees from top music programs. The Matt McCallie Orchestra can provide nearly any size ensemble from a soloist to a band with over 20 musicians. We have an amazing jazz swing band, big band, Top 40, R&B, soul, funk, blues, and Motown band, rock band, string quartet; we do it all.
Shaun Combs - bass
Stephen Haake - drums
Jonny Martin - cello
Alex-Anne Troxel - viola, violin
Joe Gutowski - viola, violin
Matt McCallie - vocals, guitar, piano, violin
Band 4: The Immortal Soul Era
THE IMMORTAL SOULERA was founded in 2002 by Monties Gillespie. Telling the idea to his friend Cordeyell Ray, the two set out to make the idea reality , Playing keyboards and drums. Meeting a drummer named Fred Saunders Sr, the trio were complete with Monties and Cordeyell being multi-instrumentalist and Fred keeping the beat, THE IMMORTAL SOULERA were well on their way. Through out the years players came and went but Monties and Cordeyell remained. Recently the duo met a another drummer named Keith Lester. Keith had his own band but needed additional players. Both bands joined forces and now bring their talents to the band.
Monties Gillespie - Vocals, Keys
Cordeyell Ray - Vocals, Keys
Keith Lester - Drums
Charles Jimmerson - Electric Guitar
Eric Jackson - Bass
Band 5: The Promised Generation
Passionate and True to what we believe in, which is the love of Christ, and being apart of something so much bigger than ourselves (the body of Christ). We want our music to touch lives, heal heavy hearts and glorify God.
Martin Holman – Lead Guitar
Jonathan Holman – Rhythm Guitar
Henry Holman – Drummer
Malcom Holman – Bass/Lead Vocals
Alberdia Holman - Volcals
Band 6: Isla Sorna
I've always dug the name Isla Sorna, meaning the island off of Jurassic Park, as an acoustic and bongo kind of vibe or name for a "band". My girlfriend Bobbie and I sing together and sometimes incorporate chill drums or subtle rhythms. Life, working all the time, Neil young and jack Johnson meshed kind of sound.
Nick West – Solo Act Guitar and Vocals