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Sonic Strut is a highly energetic and deeply funky eight piece dance band with three dynamic lead vocalists that also come together in sweet harmony on the music we all grew up on - R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco, Rock, Swing and Jazz. The band also features a rock solid rhythm section and two horns. Members of Sonic Strut have been performing in the Bay Area and beyond for more than twenty years. Selecting from an incredibly vast selection of party music from the 40ís to today, Sonic Strut delivers electrifying performances that will remind you that the best music is played with heart and soul!
Originally from Los Angeles, Rita began at an early age singing and playing the piano in the gospel choir. Today she is a versatile entertainer who has lent her distinctive vocal abilities to the recordings of Tina Turner's Ikettes and Taj Mahal's Grammy nominated C.D. "Shake It To The West".
Currently, she performs as a featured vocalist with Sonic Strut, and at various national and International festivals, concerts and special events. Her song writing abilities include, the B.M.I. published songs "Begin By Loving Me" and "Love is Gonna Getcha". These songs were also performed at the Bay Area Bammie Awards show, and received a nomination.
Ms. Lackey also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, from the University of Santa Cruz in music. She has opened shows for such well known stars as B. B. King, Maria Mauldaur, Sly and the Family Stones, Tower of Power and the Persuasions.
Kelvin has played with John Lee Hooker, Charles Brown, Otis Rush, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas and Irma Thomas, toured and recorded with Sylvester, Two Tons of Fun (Weathergirls), Tom Mazzolini's Blues Cavalcade, Otis Rush, Lady Bianca, and Joe Louis Walker among others.
Kelvin's Texas-Louisiana roots come through loud and clear with his soulful singing and that heavy swamp groove that makes you want to get up and dance. Kelvin received his formal music training under scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Todd has been performing in the Bay Area for over 15 years. He has worked with such performers as MVP, Big Bang Beat, Jules Broussard, Mary Wells (motown artist) and as a solo artist and band leader.
The knowledge and depth of expression that Todd brings to this music is extraordinary. He is the center piece of the band’s sound.
Educated at Hartt School of Music and Boston University, he currently teaches at the Community Music Center, San Francisco, and at UCSF.
Willie Riser, one of the unsung heroes in America's Music History, has been a full time, professional musician since 1973. He is proud to say, he has only lived in two places in his life, both of them important centers of American Music. Born in the musical hub of Chicago, Illinois, Willie is now a long time, loyal resident of Oakland, California and is a highly respected member of the Bay Area Music Scene.
The countless singers & performers who have sought out his superb supportive playing include: Otis Clay, Memphis R&B Singer, Carla Thomas, Lady Bianca, Frank Biner & The Night Shift, Jules Broussard, Jackie Paynes, & Ernie Johnson - and the list goes on. He has over 9,000 live gigs in his career so far and is still counting,
Musician and band leader Ray Fernandez has played professionally for 29 years.
He has played and toured with Club Ed, Beat Freaks, Trousers, Party of Five, Kings Hat, The Essentials, Action Jackson, Spare Parts, Joyce Rooks, All the Kings Men, Bohemian Luv Jones, Private View, Stiff Upper Lip and The Blue Light Revue.
He has opened and shared the stage with The Chambers Brothers, Violent Femmes, Lydia Lunch and Weird Al Yankovich among many others.