“The Floyd” is a tribute to the sounds, sights and emotions of one of the greatest rock & roll bands in history; Pink Floyd! “The Floyd” will take you on a musical journey that spans nearly two decades of Pink Floyd history, recreating many of the greatest moments from; Meddle, The Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, Wish You Were Here, The Wall and A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
Curt Mitchell – Guitars, Vocals, Bass
After playing with legendary Reno rock bands “Somebody’s Kids” and “Razor Maid”, Curt Mitchell was one of the founding members of the hard rock band “Bangalore Choir”. Their debut album was produced by Max Norman (Ozzy Osborne, Megadeath), and featured songs co written by Jon Bon Jovi and Aldo Nova. The album “Cadence” was released in 2010 through the German label “AOR Heaven”, and the latest Bangalore Choir album "Metaphor" was released in April 2012.Curt has sold over 1 million copies of various “Learn to play guitar in the style of…” videos marketed by “Learn to Burn” and “MVP” videos over the past 20 years and has been teaching guitar in the Carson City area for over 7 years.
Rob Lawrence – Keyboards
Starting with Piano lessons at age 5, and encouraged by a family full of musicians, music has always been Rob’s way to connect with the world. He Majored in Cello at San Francisco State University, and is also proficient on Guitar and Bass. Inspired by his first LP purchase ever... of Dark Side Of The Moon in 1973, and an amazing life changing epiphany at a Winterland SF 1977 Concert of Genesis, there was no question of his career choice. Rob has toured the West extensively as a Keyboard Player and today is blessed to wear several hats: Songwriter, Producer and Recording Engineer at his own studio, Humblebee Records in Reno, as well as holding the position of Music Director at Holy Cross Catholic Community in Sparks, Nevada.
Dean Rossi – Drums, Percussion
Drumming chose Dean at a young age. His passion to play has taken him on an incredible journey for over 35 years. He started out playing the drum s with his brother in grade-school bands. The bands later found him playing many styles on regional tours while in college. Around that time he began to teach drumming professionally. Today Dean is an advocate for drumming of all types including West African styles and drumming for community and personal wellness. He is the founding host of the Reno-Tahoe drum circle which has been ongoing in Northern Nevada for six years. Dean says, “Playing Pink Floyd is an incredible experience. It brings me back to the way it made me feel when I first heard the magic of their music. My goal is to do the same for our audiences. Playing and working with the incredibly talented musicians and technicians in The Floyd tribute is a dream come true”
Vince Gates – Vocals, Bass, Guitar
Vince has been in the Northern Nevada music scene since the mid 1980s. Owner of “Play Your Own Music” in Carson City, Vince continues to support the local music scene daily. In 2008, he was named one of Reno's top 101 "The List: 101 who mattered", ("some of the many people who’ve had a major influence on the musical world of Northern Nevada") Vince’s passion for Pink Floyd started early in life. As a young guitar player, he studied David Gilmour’s licks and technique into the early morning. As an adult, he has come to appreciate the significance of the diverse socio-political message of Pink Floyd.
Jeff Laakso – Vocals, Keyboards, Saxophone and Guitar
Jeff is our newest full time band member . Vince Gates has been well aware of Jeff's qualifications for a very long time, and saw Jeff as a perfect fit to fill the shoes of outgoing Sax Player, Joel Edwards, who has been with us since the beginning. Jeff will bring his many musical talents to the band, versatile on Keyboards and Guitar, as well as with his primary contribution on Saxophone.
“Nevada & Placer County Entertainer” April 2015 Edition
Original PDF copy found at http://specialsections.goldcountrymedia.com/section/nevada-placer-county-entertainer-april-2015
‘THE FLOYD’ PAYS TRIBUTE TO EPIC ROCK BAND
By Paul Cambra
"So you thought you might like to go to the show. To feel the warm thrill of confusion, that space cadet glow. "