Patrick has been part of the music scene in Southern California for 25+years. He got his start performing in the clubs around Santa Monica and Venice Beach, sitting in on vocals at places like Harvelle's and St Mark's. In the late '90s he was performing in San Diego County as a founding member of the band West of 5. He soon turned his interest to an all-original project of funky soulful rock called Icebox. Icebox gained popularity with the release of their studio recording Open the Fridge. Open the Fridge received local Airplay in San Diego and the group performed at many of the iconic clubs around town, including The Belly Up Tavern. In 2013 he started a new project, Super G. It was with Super G where Patrick began to focus on his love for psychedelic rock, Jam Bands, and the Grateful Dead. When Super G folded at the end of 2015, he was inspired with the idea of forming a Grateful Dead cover band while on a backpack trip in the Sierra. The timing seemed right with the up-well of popularity the members of the Dead were enjoying after their 50th Anniversary "Fare Thee Well" shows. It appears his intuition was on point, given the good fortune with gathering an all star group of musicians and the swift rise in popularity and reach Easy Wind has seen. There's a ghost wind blowin' and Easy Wind appears to have the sails set to ride this adventure.
Larry has been recording and performing for 25 years. Former bands include Kin (Original Pop, Rock & Improv), Liquid Dead (Grateful Dead tribute band), and Blues for Breakfast (Blues, Rock & Motown). Additional live performances and recordings with members of Cake, Phish, The Samples, Kings X, The Dixie Dregs, and many, many more. Larry studied Liberal Arts & Music at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT.
Larry thoroughly enjoys teaching and is an experienced and patient instructor. He provides personalized guitar lessons to students at all levels, from introduction to mastery, and will analyze the abilities of each student to customize and prepare level-appropriate, individualized lessons. His specialties are Blues, Rock, Jam, Folk, Bluegrass, Improv and Jazz.
He is also working to develop and record a second album of Darkpark, his own unique and original music. Larry’s Darkpark band performed live in Vermont and was critically acclaimed.
If I were a redwood tree, you could call me ‘young blood’. I am 60 years going on 18, meaning I’ve had my 17th birthday over 43 times now.
I was 17 when I played my first paid gig and have been at it since.
The instrument I get paid to play is BASS (electric & acoustic, fretless, fretted, 4 – 6 – 8 string) . I am also skilled as a guitarist, and play a little mandolin, banjolayee, percussion, keyboards, and drums.
GENRES include Rock n Roll, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Eastbay greasy TOP styled Funk, Reggae, Brazilian styles, Zydeco/Cajun., Soca, West African styles, Bluegrass, Classical, Disco, Punk & Jam band improvisational stuff, ...
I also sing back-up harmonies -
I am very fortunate to have performed music in many parts of the world, touring in three or six directions so far. I've made many friends along the way and a strong musical presence in Sacramento, San Francisco and Oakland, California. I’ve also lived in Boston, Massachusetts, Denver, Colorado, with brief stays in Amsterdam, Holland, and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
I am currently a resident of San Juan Capistrano, California as of August 2015
A member of AFM local 47, I am FOR RENT everywhere around the world, notably in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Inland counties, San Diego County, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, for music performance, recording sessions, TV and film, instruction, consultation, and touring (in most, but not all circumstances). I have good transportation, up-to-date equipment. I also own and operate a small recording studio and an independent record label, Moms Records.
Here's the names of some notable performers, starting in 1975, I've played with &/or recorded, and featured on records with:
Joe Higgs, Stanley Turrentine, Melvin Seals (Melting Pot, JGB), Frankie Lee, Hux Browne, Paul McCandless, Kim Weston, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner (Mothers of Invention), Ronnie Montrose, Lenny Williams, Steve Kimock, Tony Lindsey, Warren Haynes, Buzzy Linhart, Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart, Rodney Franklin, Eric McFadden, Bill Spooner (Tubes), David Kemper, David Garibaldi, the Platters, the Coasters, Johnny Heartsman, Pete Sears, G.E.Smith, the Drifters, New Monsoon, Achilles Wheel, Stu Allen, John Kadlecik, Kate Livoni, Lydia Pense, Kofi Baker, Jorge Solovera, David Kaffinetti (Spinal Tap), Rick Reddington, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Elvin Bishop, Chad Hollister, Freddy Hughes, Derick Hughes, Nate Bolden, John Girton, Jonathan Richmond, Billy Johnson & Brian Collier of Santana, Mind X, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman, Bodhi Busick, Vince Herman, Bill McKay, West Coast Rhythm Section, Bianca Thorton (Frank Zappa), Jackie Greene, Merle Saunders, Bill Kreutzman, Donna Godchaux, Tom Constanten & Vince Welnick of the Grateful Dead.
Mark grew up in Philadelphia, and started singing in the church choir and playing piano when he was just 7 years old. Raised on Allman Brothers, Little Feat and Frank Zappa, he co-founded the group Frankie and the Wombats playing at local dances and parties, by age 17 he was playing in clubs throughout the Tri-State area. Relocating to Southern California in 1984, Mark soon found himself back in the spotlight as an in-demand singer, keyboard player, and sideman.
Experienced Sideman & Band Leader
Mark’s keyboard skills and voice have lit up the stage all over the West Coast as a member of a variety of excellent Southern California Bands including: Blue Shades, Chill Boy, Michele Lundeen’s Blues Streak Band, Fuzzy and the Bluesmen, Planet Groove w/Hollis Gentry, Swing This, Will Sumner & Tropic Zone, The Buddha Belly Brotherhood, The Nik Simon Band, The Bayou Brothers and The Vtones.
Most recently, you can catch Mark performing his smoldering sound with Johnny Vernazza, the 145th Street Blues Band, The Shenanigans, and tribute bands Easy Wind (Classic Grateful Dead), and Eldorado Slim (celebrating the Little Feat album “Waiting for Columbus”).
Originally from Long Island, NY, Frank has had a vast appreciation and understanding of the music and culture of the Grateful Dead since his first show in 1979.
Frank has been drumming in Grateful Dead cover bands since 1982 as a member for "The Other Ones" in Gainesville, Florida.
Upon moving to San Diego in 1986, Frank formed "Travel Agents" a psychedelic rock band largely influenced by the San Francisco sounds of the late 60's and early 70's, most notably the Dead.
He has also extensively studied world percussion, and can be found performing regularly for belly dance shows. Frank's career highlights have included playing gigs with such notable musicians as Bob Weir, Merle Saunders, Kingfish, Leftover Salmon, Mickey Hart and Sonny Landreth. Frank's motto is simple: Happiness is Drumming!