1st Friday Party with The Reed Fromer Band
Friday, March 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$12 - $15
The Reed Fromer Band is one of the Bay Area’s most dynamic and enjoyable R&B bands, featuring top-level musicians and powerful vocals. The group’s repertoire consists of exciting, danceable R&B/funk material and beautiful, moving rock and soul ballads. Material is drawn from such dependable sources as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, The Isley Brothers, Chaka Kahn & Rufus, B.B. King, The Doobies, Earth Wind & Fire, Jeffrey Osbourne, and Maxwell.
Reed Fromer (lead vocals, keyboards) is one of the strongest male singers in Northern California, whose vocal style and range inspires comparisons with Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, James Ingram, James Taylor, and Smokey Robinson. He is also an award-winning songwriter (with material covered by Gregg Allman, among others), a popular chorus instructor, a composer of music scores for PBS documentaries, a gospel choir accompanist, and the regional bandleader for young “Nashville Star” veteran Kristen McNamara. He has been a guest vocalist with the Persuasions and Bobby McFerrin, and a keyboardist for former Monkee Peter Tork.
Bobby Young (lead guitar) performed for fourteen years with Zakiya Hooker (and played on the final album of her father, John Lee Hooker). He also toured with the Natural Four, recorded extensively with Richard “Dimples” Fields, and has led several powerful blues/rock bands in the East Bay.
Tony Langford (drums) grew up in Detroit, and honed his skillful and tasteful chops backing some of Motown’s biggest stars – Martha Reeves, The Spinners, The Enchantment, Eddie Kendricks – while still in his teens. More recently, he has played for such local acts as Rosie Gaines and Curtis Ohlson.
Artie Wafer (bass, vocals) is one of the Bay Area’s most powerful and exciting bassists, driving the band’s sound in a manner similar to Verdeen White of Earth, Wind, & Fire. He has recorded with Sylvester and with Robert Winter & Fall, toured extensively with Johnny “Guitar” Watson, and has backed Barry White in concert.