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Electric guitar wizard
Soul and R&B vocalist extraordinaire
Percussionist and Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Bass Player Extraordinaire
Join us for a special tribute to musical legends including
Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Redding,
Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin.
The New Orleans gumbo of European, Afro-Caribbean and Native American influences is present in every note played by Big Easy transplant Marcel Anton. The music of guitarist and vocalist Anton was shaped and nurtured by the city in all its quirky glory, but the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina ultimately led him to Asheville, where he’s established himself as a dynamic and versatile performer steeped in the many styles he’s made his own during his musical journey.
Of Native American and Creole descent, Anton’s heritage is as eclectic as his music. Music, healing and a vision rooted in his sense of place along with exposure to Jewish, Christian and Native American mysticism helped shape his world view from an early age. Raised by show business parents (Mom was a Rockette, Dad on the business side), he had a peripatetic childhood, but life centered around New Orleans. Anton originally planned to be a scientist, but the arts called more strongly, and he went on to study with musical giants like Gil Evans, Henry Mancini, Lalo Schiffrin, and guitarists Larry Coryell, Joe Pass and Pat Martino. Charlie Allen of the classic rock band Pacific Gas and Electric heard Marcel’s work and brought him to California where he gained experience with PG&E, later working with major artists as diverse as blues greats Albert and Freddie King, Boz Scaggs, Van Morrison, the Jazz Crusaders, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dr. John and many more. His performances of originals and covers are flamboyant, theatrical, and larger than life, catching up audiences in their celebratory intensity.
Artimus Pyle’s name is familiar to any rock fan as the longtime drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Long considered the "wild man" of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Artimus Pyle's powerful and distinctive
double bass drumming helped define the legendary Skynyrd sound.
Artimus got his first real break at the Charlie Daniels band's Volunteer Jam. His first recording
lists -- Artimus Pyle, percussion. Then with other work for the Marshall Tucker Band, Artimus became known as a powerful session drummer.
Using his connections with Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker, both acts that toured often with Skynyrd, Artimus met with Ronnie VanZant and Ed King at Studio One in Doraville, Georgia. The results of that meeting -- Saturday Night Special -- greatly impressed Ronnie. Artimus' live debut with the band took place in Jacksonville's Sgt Pepper's Club in October 1974. The gig, a show to raise money and awareness for Jacksonville's food bank, was hot Everyone remembers the band walking through the front door and into a crush of people that doubled the legal occupancy of the club. Playing under the hot lights in an over-packed club with an underpowered air conditioner made for a memorable night When Bob Burns left the band permanently following Skynyrd's first European tour in December 197 4, Artimus quickly got the nod as Skynyrd's new drummer.
The years Artimus played with Skynyrd were the years that solidified the legend behind the band. Quickly developing into one of the nation's top touring draws with a grueling schedule of 300 shows a year, the constant work and touring paid off_ By October 20, 1977, Skynyrds songs had become radio staples.
Since his departure from Skynyrd in 1991 , Artimus Pyle's career has led him down an amazing path of solo records and projects culminating into one the finest tributes to southern rock royalty, his own ARTIMUS PYLE BAND. The Artimus Pyle Band is a high energy, true to the music, and true to the era rock group. One of the few that is on the road today. Artimus Pyle, Brad Durden, Jerry Lyda, Tony Black, and Scott Raines are not only a group of friends and contemporaries but a group with some of the most seasoned musician in the southeast.
In 2017 he published a memoir, Street Survivor: Keeping the Beat in Lynyrd Skynyrd, recounting his colorful life and times.
Vocalist Rhoda Weaver’s resumé reads a bit like a movie script. Urged to sing in public by appreciative friends, she performed on downtown Asheville streets, becoming a popular busker with her strong, heartfelt, and emotionally true renditions of songs from the American songbook. Her career progressed steadily to club, concert and festival dates, where she often appears with her band,The Soul Mates. From soul to pop, jazz to gospel, Rhoda Weaver unflappable navigates it all, earning legions of admiring fans along the way.
Rounding out the All-Star band will be veteran bassist Mike Filippone.
Michael Hails from New York’s Long Island, coming from a very musical family. He is one with his upright bass and electric bass, having been on stage with the likes of Johnny Winter in the past. In the early 80’s, he had a band called Flasher with Eric Carr, who went on to play drums with Kiss for 10 years. Michael plays everything from jazz and blues to rock and country and is an accomplished vocalist, fronting his 3 COOL CATS band. He has over 30 years of experience playing concerts and touring Long Island and the U.S. performing with various dance/show bands.