It’s rare when guitar heroes come through Arizona, nevermind Jerome, so be sure not to miss the electric rock band OvO (The Owl Band) as they record a live album at the Spirit Room on Saturday, June 29th. Come get wild and participate in the recording as the band belts out hard-driving rock anthems at the Spirit Room that night from 9 to midnight.
The band is made of professional musicians who live in different parts of the country but reunite for this special show. Most of the band went to high school together at Agua Fria High School in Avondale AZ ( “The Agua Fria ‘Owls’ “), a school which also produced other amazing musicians.
Burning down the house will be guitar phenom Joe Berger of New York City on lead guitar, Tommy ‘Rocks’ Anderson of Jerome on lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, Kyle Scarborough from Houston (TX) on keys, Pablo Richards (FL) on bass, and John F. Kennedy (AZ) on drums.
OvO formed ten years ago in Phoenix, and they perform in Arizona twice a year following the NAMM music convention shows, first in Phoenix on Super Bowl weekend, and then again in the Verde Valley area in late June. The band has been joined onstage in the past by Grammy award-winning producer and guitarist Larry Mitchell. Guitarist Joe Berger has many sponsorships and has his own signature model guitar, “The Wildman,” created by JJ Guitars in England. Joe Berger is a well-known musician in New York City, is a “world class guitar player” and just finished playing in Tokyo, Japan, Germany, and Norway.
For more than four decades, Joe has mixed sound or shared the stage with artists including John Entwistle (WHO), Jack Bruce (CREAM), Leslie West (MOUNTAIN), Vangelis, Jon Anderson (YES), Billy Cobham, Jon Hammond, Lee Oskar (WAR), Brian Johnson & Cliff Williams (AC/DC), Cheap Trick and thousands more.
OvO performs the obscure hits of some of the world’s biggest bands, covering songs by The Who, Santana, Warren Zevon, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, and The Beatles.
As a special treat, the Owls will be playing a couple of Dr. John songs in memory of the famous musician who just passed away. There will also be rockin’ guitar songs by Sugarloaf, Jeff Beck, Thin Lizzy, and Joe Cocker songs in the Spirit Room Show.
“Doctor” Kyle Scarborough has been playing keyboards in the Houston area for the past 25 years, prescribing his blend of blues, country, and rock & roll all over Texas every chance he gets. He currently plays with Different Beast, providing entertainment in festivals and music venues throughout the Houston area.
Paul “Pablo” Richards is a bassist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist who has been a professional musician since coming of age in his Phoenix Valley stomping grounds. He performed with Tommy Anderson in the Beatles band “Ringo McLennonSon”; he now lives and appears in venues on the beaches of Florida with some of the top names on the Florida coast.
Drummer John F. Kennedy (“JFK”), like the other members of the band, has also been a working musician since childhood. For the last twenty years, he has played drums in several variety bands in the White Mountains of Arizona, including Rim Rockers, Backbeat and Siringo. He has known Joe, Kyle and Pablo since high school.
Singer Tommy Anderson, aka “Tommy Rocks,” (www.TommyRocks.net
) is a well-known entertainer in Arizona, both as a solo acoustic rock performer, as well as with his side projects the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra, B3, The Beatless, the Tommy Rocks Trio and OvO. Tommy is best known as a singer, guitarist, bassist and ukulele player who performs heavily in the area, and is known for his Beatles show on the final Friday of each month at Vino Di Sedona. On top of performing nearly 150 nights last year, Tommy owns a recording studio and also a music store in Jerome called “Tommy Rocks”.