The Fortunatos w/ Wake Up Call
Bluesy Rock ‘n Roll, marinated in rich Nawlins funk!
January 2, 2016 · 8:00pm
The Fortunatos are bringing Bluesy Rock ‘n Roll, marinated in rich Nawlins funk!
Ken McCoy, Robin Church, Paul Colombo and Mike Bitts first played together “in the pit” at The American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA in the spring of 1999. “Hollywood Live”, to be exact. A few years later, Tom Webb was drumming in The Dave Holt Band when Ken, Robin, Paul and Mike made their way into that funky New Orleans music ensemble. With Dave’s permanent exit to The Crescent City, the boys couldn’t stop the funk – and the fun! They’re all good friends who love to play music together. That connection comes across in their shows. This isn’t some put together, freelance band. With so much music today being computerized, auto-tuned and market tested, the world needs a band with real soul, groove and deep emotion. The Fortunatos are ready to bring it to ya.
Wake Up Call
The members of the band represent this “gumbo” of varied influences:
Tom Lowry (Keys, harp, trombone, lead vocals) is a former member of Lancaster’s popular classic rock band The Flyboys, and has played with many area blues bands as well. His dynamic vocals pair with his New Orleans-influenced piano style to make a unique blend of old and new. Ken Smith (bass, vocals) was the leader of the classic blues band The Regulators, and a veteran of the Annapolis music scene of the 70’s. His deep bass tones add the “funk” to the sound of Wake Up Call.
Mike Hess (guitar, lead vocals) has played with innumerable bands in the Harrisburg/York area, including the Don Johnson Project. His soulful vocals combine with slick guitar sounds reminiscent of greats such as Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and Albert Lee.
Randy Bucksner (saxophone, vocals) is a Philadelphia native who has been playing in Central Pa. for the past 20 years.Besides putting in time with Wake Up Call he plays with a diverse mix of bands such as The Rip Chords,Mark DeRose,The Shackletons,and fronts his own band Main Street Mystics.He is a fan of all styles of music.
J.J. Dugan (drums, lead vocals) brings a powerful brand of soul and blues singing to the band. He has contributed to many regional bands, including Brian Colgan’s pop-rock band Six Cents, State College’s horn band Cliff Turner & the Afterburners, and Bobby Shell’s Fatback.
The band features tunes from such artists as Eric Clapton, Lucky Peterson, Delbert McClinton, Ray Charles, Joe Bonamassa, Willie Dixon, The Doors, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, along with originals by the band. The band regularly appears in venues around Harrisburg, York, and Hanover Pa.