Vertigo Vibe got it's start in February, 2003, when Randy set out to assemble a small band of talented musicians who shared some common, basic goals...to play quality music from the 60's to the present in good nightclubs and establishments... to perform classic rock and roll music in an authentic and entertaining way...to work as a team using the highest caliber musicians available and, most importantly...to have fun!
That concept produced 5 very talented musicians (Scott Murphy, Jim McCauley, Ken Peffley, Dale Hatt and Randy Stout)who immediately made a connection and developed a friendship that would forge the band known as Vertigo Vibe. The first few practices that first month were a "feeling out" process and produced some interesting results, but it also had it's share of challenges. After the "getting-to-know-you" process got underway, we realized we had something very special in the 5 strangers who came together that one winter's day, and we have committed to the journey that would follow.
Since our start, the band has been hard at work booking jobs and breaking into the music scene in and around Berks County. All the preliminary work had paid off and by May, 2003, we started to develop a gigging schedule. With a few jobs under our belt, Vertigo Vibe started to "catch on". Before we knew it, we were getting bookings at Fire Companies, local bars, a few restaurants, some nightclubs and even a feature on local TV (Berks Vibe on BCTV)! Since our debut gig on June 1, 2003, we have booked over 300 gigs...clubs, special events, picnics, private parties, and fund raising events...throughout Berks and Lancaster County. Not too shabby!!
And we haven't stopped looking for new places in Berks and surrounding counties.
After completing our first year together, we made only one personnel change....Scott left the band in January, 2004, to pursue other ventures. In the course of this transition, we were fortunate to have several friends fill in on vocals for us...Liz Schaeffer (Sonic), Les Zook (Rukkus), Vince Arms (Usual Suspects), and Duane Damiani, (Beatnik Cowboys). We finally found our "permanent" replacement in Mark Johnson, who debuted with the Vibe (after 2 practices) on April 23, 2004. By June of 2004, we started using Phil Stallone on lead guitar for half our shows; and by the end of 2004, we made a decision to keep it simple and go back to 1 full-time lead player....and, on November 19, enter Jeff Schwartz. Jeff jammed with the Vibe until October, 2006, but grew weary of the demanding gigging schedule and gave his notice to move on. After a careful search and several lead guitar auditions, we had the good fortune of meeting, were very impressed with and felt an immediate bond with Brian Evola, who took over in October, 2006. As it was from the beginning, Vertigo Vibe is an interesting collection of musical personalities. Mark Johnson on lead vocals, Randy Stout on rhythm guitar and vocals, Brian Evola on lead guitar and vocals, Kenny Play on 5-string bass and vocals, Dale Hatt on drums and sound effects. All these guys have loads of previous band and music experience that, when pooled together, create and sustain the "vibe" in Vertigo Vibe. You gotta see it to believe it! I know I'm partial....but we rock!
We'd love to see you at one of our shows. We believe we have a unique mix of songs that make you want to dance and we have such a blast!! If you've been to some of our shows, you know what I'm talkin' about. We offer the best in classic rock & roll entertainment and we guarantee you will have a rockin' good time. We're continually adding new songs and mixing it up. As we finished 2005, we performed 75 gigs. In 2006, we did 72. As of January, 2007, we had 65 gigs scheduled, so there are ample opportunities to catch a few of our shows and become a Vibe-rater ! Usually, our crowd becomes part of the show and is our inspiration!!
Check out our Schedule for upcoming shows and dates...take some time to look at our Pictures or listen to our Demo Songs... and add some Humor to your visit. Take a look at the Merchandise we have available. You might also want to check out some of our favorite Web Site Links (don't forget to come back to us). Before you go, we'd just like to THANK YOU for your continued support.
Thanks for visiting!!
This is a picture of the Vertigo Vibe "debut" at The Ritz on Main...
September, 2003... We were the very first band to perform on their stage!
Oh, what a feeling!!