One evening Dr. Rockinstein and Skyntyte pondered the possibility of forming a band capable of providing great vocals and virtuoso musicianship. FAST LANE is the result. Skyntyte’s credentials include tutelage under rock-n- roll pioneer Bo Diddley and Parliament-Funkadelic keyboard wiz, Bernie Worrell. The list of artists he has shared the stage with is long and varied: Chic, Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and when not performing with Fast Lane, he plays and sings with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, Original Parliament.....Dr. Rock studied music theory at Boston College and is an accomplished jazz pianist, playing in various musical combinations since childhood. Tasteful drumming is provided by Jon "Action" Jackson, an in-demand first call drummer who also lends multiple percussion sounds to the FAST LANE mix. His rhythmic precision is essential to the FAST LANE backbeat. Keith "Mr. Ladd" Ladd hails from Clearwater, and is the master of the bottom. He latches to Jon’s beats to make the groove that drives FAST LANE. Rounding out the band are Larissa “Lacy” Gifford and Michelle “Velvet” Banfield. aka “the Speed Bumps.” Michelle comes from Barbados by way of NYC and brings forth her sultry alto to diva perfection. Lacy’s travels include stops in Hawaii and Colorado, where she previously fronted her own band. Both ladies contribute their considerable vocal talents to FAST LANE. No matter what size of your event and/or venue, FAST LANE will rock the house with the same passion during each performance. FAST LANE will get your party started at the beginning of the night and keep on rockin’ till last call. If your wish is to organize an unforgettable function, you need a well oiled machine and you know you are safe when one of Florida’s premiere dance bands is behind the wheel. So unfasten your feet belt and boogie to the sounds of FAST LANE!
Read what others have written about FAST LANE:
The Fast Lane played at my wedding in October 2010, and was a HUGE hit! We knew we wanted to hire a band, hoping it would make the event more lively and get everyone up and dancing instead of sitting at their table waiting for the next thing to happen. Fast Lane provided not only music, but ENTERTAINMENT all night, no guest was left waiting for what happens next. They made all the announcements throughout the evening fun by singing a jingle instead of bossing the herd of guests to the next room. I am not exaggerating in that the FIRST compliment we get from 90% of guests is for the band. Vernon is so professional in the booking and details. Will not be disappointed
Kelly S., Orange park, Fl
Fastlane was phenomenal. They were professional, prompt, entertaining and movtivated my guests to join in and dance till they couldn't. I would hire them again without a moment's hesitation
Norma S., St. Augustine, Fl
We had a blast! Would DEF use them again for any upcoming events. They were beyond fun and def. talented!
Stacy C., St. Marys, GA
They were very professional and talented. The show was very exciting and exactly what we were looking for!
Ben C., Valdosta, GA
Powerful dance band with two strong female and one male lead vocal that can nail "Prince" and play guitar behind his back. Out of Gainesville, but willing to travel. Funk, disco, R&B/Motown and current hits. Able to satisfy the most diverse client.
- janesworldentertainment.com (Apr 4, 2011)
Thank you so much for yesterday! You guys created the perfect fun-filled atmosphere last night and we will be eternally grateful. I'll email you any cool pics of the band and I'll send you a link to all the wedding pics so you can select any others ;)
Thanks again!! You guys rock xxxxx
G. West (Apr 17, 2011)
hey Vernon, this is very overdue but i wanted to say thank you for playing such a great show at our wedding back in October. Katie and I absolutely loved you all and had a fabulous time. y'all brought the funk, and that is what the NOLA crowd is always looking for. many, many thanks for a great memory.
Jeffery and Katie F. - letter (Jan 11, 2012)
We booked fastlane about 7 to 8 months in advance for our wedding in Miami Florida. We had alot of requests for specific songs for our reception. Fastlane's only request was that we get them what we wanted to hear a few months in advance and they would easily accomodate. True to thier word they delivered on what we wanted to hear and then some. Most impressive was that only about a 3rd or so of our request were on thier song list that they posted on Gigmasters. Every guest was impressed with the band and we partied. We would highly reccommend Fastlast for any event. If you want a professional talented band Fastlane is the best choice by far.....
A. Archie - gigmasters.com (Feb 25, 2012)
You all rocked! It has been wonderful working with you. You are very professional and talented, Everyone came up to me to tell me how great the band was. I can't thank you enough for the fun and funk you brought to our wedding, We will reccommend FAST LANE to anyone.
David and Adrienne Ostrov
David/Adrienne OStrov - Note to the band (Feb 27, 2012)
Scott "Skyntyte" Free: Guitar, Vocals, lead ass shaker
Larissa "Lacy Lou" Gifford: Vocals, ass-singer offer
Michelle "Velvet" Banfield: Vocals, diva
Andre "Nasty Joker" Wicks: Drums, he's got the thang
Vernon "Dr. Rockenstein" Montoya: Keyboards, and whatever....
Keith "Mr. Ladd" Ladd: Bass, precision
Bo Diddley; Chic; Earth, Wind and Fire; Parliament/Funkadelic; Stevie Wonder; Beyonce; Maroon 5; Hall and Oates....
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 240 minutes
If you have a pulse, you will dance to FAST LANE!
Every audiendce we have played for can never stay sitting down! If you have a pulse, you WILL dance to the music of FAST LANE! FAST LANE is interactive with the audience. We go out into the audience and involve them in performance. We have had audience members sit in with FAST LANE - and show off their talents to their friends.
covered stage, if outdoors
food - if available - for the band
water for the band
we prefer the customer provide the PA/backline/lights - although we can provide a PA, if needed
We can provide our own PA system, if needed. However, we would prefer a backline to be provided for us.
If the event is outdoors, we need to play on a covered stage.
We would request water be provided for the band members.
If possible, we would also like food provided for the band members.
partial song list:
Asencion - Maxwell
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
I Ain't Got you - Alicia Keys
Single Ladies -Beyonce'
Sir Duke, Superstition, I Wish - Stevie Wonder
You and I, Super Freak - Rick James
Tear the Roof Off, One Nation Under a Groove, Alice in My Fantasies, Cosmic Slop, Standing on the Verge of Getting it On - Parliament/Funkadelic
Michael Jackson Medley (Don't Stop Till You Get Enough/Wanna Be Starting Something/Shake Your Body Down to the Ground/Billie Jean)
Give a Little More, Moves Like Jagger - maroon 5
Sara Smile, I Can't Go for That - Hall and Oates
Funky Town - Lipps Inc
Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguillera
Bad Girls, Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
Le Freak, Good Times - Chic
Sweet Thing, Tell Me Something Good - Rufus/Chaka Khan
I'm a Man, Road Runner, Hey Mona - Bo Diddley
this is a partial sampling - we do a lot more!!!!!
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