Do you like The WHO?
5:15 - The American WHO Sensation provides a fantastic reproduction of the best WHO music!
We are a regional (New England) production, but are currently entertaining options for national and international opportunities.
We are looking to play to larger audiences, but we're not too proud to play your corporate or private function.
Our rates are reasonable and performance exceptional. We're looking forward to hearing from you!
Just seen the band last night at Pete's grill in Quincy. First time there, what a great night!
Awesome sets, great energy & cool crowd.
Also...food & drinks were yummy! Thanks Chef Levi 🥂
Saw them at Ralph's in Worcester the other night and WOW! Great musicianship, high energy and an outstanding set list. Definitely will see them again!
Response from 5:15 - The American WHO Sensation:
Thanks a lot! I hope you can make it to Johnny D's in Somerville this Thursday night. We'll be playing with a likewise talented Zep tribute - Stairway to Zeppelin
Johnny D's has excellent food at very reasonable prices, and there are a couple VIP booths that ring the stage available as of this morning. Click through on our site, 515rocks, to reserve your booth!
Price Range: $750-$2,000 plus travel and hospitality.
Gig Length: 60 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
5:15 - The American WHO Sensation provides the best in tribute homage to the music of The WHO, one of the greatest bands to come out of the British Invasion.
We can provide up to 3 hours of note-perfect renditions of their music. A fan can expect to experience a 1, 2, or 3 hour escape into the time machine of their mind and be brought back to their fondest audible memories of the past.
5:15 -The American WHO Sensation is a full production tribute band to the great "The WHO". Everything you remember from the great shows of yesteryear, but without the expensive hotel repairs and smashed instruments (Fiscal responsibility has kicked in!). Depending on your budget, we can provide anything from "Show up and play" to "Bring the bus and trucks for a full stadium show". Private shows for corporations at trade shows, is the backbone of our business, but we like to get out for public audiences at festivals and other venues as well. A Google search on us will get you several videos from past shows.
David Erin Wilson studied Voice at Berklee. DW and Nicholson played together in an original act in the late '80s. Reuniting in 2001, John and David formed the Progressive Rock Tribute band "YOUR MOVE" and it was during that period that DW met Pete Cassani. After years of Prog, DW decided it was time to rock the house and began forming "5:15 - The American WHO Sensation"! Along with John and Pete they rounded out the band with Tom Sperounis on drums and John Songdahl (Whom DW and JN also new from the Berklee Daze), on keys.
Pete Cassani is originally from Long Island NY. Pete has been a long standing music icon of the Boston area since the 1980s in bands such as "The Fighting Cocks", "Beefy DC", "The Peasants", and "The David Hull Band". He continued to be the Guitar Journeyman for many acts but was a mainstay for a number of years in the often imitated (but never duplicated) live-band karaoke show 'Boneoke' at the Chicken Bone in Framingham, MA.
John's father, who has conducted for a Long Island choir for over 30 years, introduced classical music to his kids and this early classical upbringing would help John’s musical tastes develop and naturally lead him to groups such as "ELP", "Genesis" and "Yes". John played in a high school band with his brother (on drums) covering mostly Yes and other bands of that time. During this time his influences helped shape his melodic playing style. John moved to Boston to study Music Production and Engineering at the Berklee College of Music, where he met David Wilson and recruited him for an original project that played the Boston club circuit for five years.
Tom Sperounis has been playing drums for 30 years. Keith Moon is one of his greatest influences. For the past 20 years, Tom has played with several bands in the New England area, notably "Radio Flyer" and "The Dots".
John "Sven Musicdorf " Songdahl studied Electronic Music and Audio Production at Berklee College of Music. After opening his own 8-track studio, he worked with such noted artists as Peter Wolf, Aimee Mann, Jules Shear, Melanie, Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman (The Hooters), and that led him to the tour of a lifetime. In 1985, John was contacted by The Red Rockers, who had just lost their keyboard player, and were about to embark on a US tour as opening act for "U2". Jumping at the opportunity, John learned the songs on the bus ride to DC, rehearsed the songs once during sound check, and performed with the Red Rockers for the first time in front of 12,000 people, 4 days after meeting them.
Having worked for the past 9 years for Professional Audio Design, one of John’s main jobs has been selling high-end recording equipment. As a result, John has amassed a world class recording studio.
Additional Booking Notes
We play a large variety of events, and putting together a rider that is perfectly suited for each event is impossible. With that in mind please know that this is a guide to covering all the bases. There are bound to be items that don’t apply to your event but we must do our best to capture everything. Please don’t let this rider worry you – rather, please call Rickland Powell if you have questions or concerns. A short phone conversation normally clears up any questions you may have. We look forward to being a part of your event, and will do our best to serve in every way possible.
The stage should be flat and sturdy. It should also be large enough for a 5 person band with gear – ideally at least 15'D x 20’W x 2'H (or higher). In situations where space is constrained, please contact Rickland Powell with details at least two weeks prior to the performance date. We will most likely request a picture of the stage be emailed to us in advance.
A carpeted drum riser (at least 8' x 8' x 2') is recommended at center stage but not required.
Outdoor stages and front-of-house positions should be covered and protected against the elements. Under no circumstances will 5:15-TAWS perform in a “wet” environment.
The band does not travel with their own lighting system or a lighting technician; therefore the VENUE/SPONSOR must provide a trained and experienced Lighting technician to support the band. At least 2 light trees should be present stage left and stage right to provide full coverage. Additional lighting resources such as motion, gobos, backlighting and spots will add to the quality of the production. Dimmer board or controller should be positioned at the FOH mix position.
Stage Power Requirements
5:15-TAWS requires one grounded multi-outlet power strip at the Guitar, Bass Guitar and Keyboard position on stage for a total of 3 power strips. Separate 115VAC 20 AMP circuits should supply power to each strip to avoid overloading. Commercial grade extension cords may be required depending on stage configuration.
Sound and FOH
A hi-fidelity professional sound reinforcement system is required. 5:15-TAWS typically does not travel with a dedicated sound tech, therefore the VENUE/SPONSOR must provide a trained, professional and experienced sound technician to support the band during load-in, setup, sound check, performance and load-out.
The venue PA should be able to adequately reach 105 db at the rear of the room with no audible distortion or limiting. The PA should consist of a 3-way speaker system including subwoofers and appropriate power amps and processing equipment. Speakers must be arranged at an adequate height and splay to evenly cover all of the audience. Sound console should have 24 channels (minimum) with 4 band EQ per channel (w/ mid sweep), 5 pre fade aux sends, at least 1 post fade aux/FX send, 8 sub groups or VCA groups, and a stereo master fader. Channel compression, gating and reverb are appreciated.
Use for Microphones and DI Input Qty FX insert Notes
Lead Vocals Shure SM58 1 1 Rev Band Provided
Bass Guitar Vocals Shure SM58 2 1 Rev Band Can Provide
Guitar Vocals Shure SM58 or SM57 3 1 Rev Band Can Provide
Drum Vocals Shure SM58 4 1 Rev Band Can Provide
Guitar AMP Shure SM57 or similar 5 1 none
Keyboard DI DI Box 6 1 none Band Provided
Bass Guitar DI DI Box 7 1 none
Drums Mics Standard Mic Set 9-14 5 up to engineer (1 Shure Beta 52 or AKG D112 (Mic Kick drum), 3 Shure SM57) (drums)
Stage Monitors JBL JRX112M or similar Minimum: 5 Require 2 monitor sends: 1 for Lead Vox, 1 shared by band
Guitar Stands 4 2-Bass, 2-Guitar
Vocal Mic stands 4 Lead Vox - Straight stand, all others: Boom Stands
Drum Mic clips/stands 3
Amps Type Qty Footprint Notes
Bass Guitar SWR 400S amp 1 5'x5' Small Venue
David Eden 2x10 Cabinet 1 Small Venue
ART Night Bass
2000 SGX processor 1
GK 800RB amp 1 Large/Theater (additional)
EAW 1x15 & 1-6 2 way cabinet 1 Large/Theater (additional)
Electric guitar 30 watt x12" Tube Amp 5'x5' Small Venue. In order of preference: Egnator. Also Vox, Orange, Marshall, Fender.
Marshall JCM 800 Or JMP. Large/Theater (additional)
50 Watt 4x12 Cabinet Large/Theater (additional)
Keyboards Roland Jupiter 50 1 6'x4'
Roland JC 60 1
Drums Kick drum 1 6'x6' Following sizes will do- 22x16, 22x17, 22x18
Snare drum 2 Any metal is preferable in sizes 14x 5 0r 14x6.5. Requires 2 Snare stands
Rack tom 1-2 Following sizes will do – 12x8 or 12x9
Floor tom 1 Following sizes will do 16x16 or 18x16
Hi-hat stand 1 Must have clutch
Cymbal Stands 3 Band provides cymbals
● David (Vox) - downstage / center stage
● John N (Bass) – downstage / stage right
● Pete (Guitar) - downstage / stage left
● John S (Keys) – upstage / stage right
● Tom (Drums) – upstage / center
Guarantees, door percentages, stipends, reimbursements and related fees will be discussed and agreed upon prior to the date of the show. Rickland Powell and R&P Enterprises will discuss all arrangements on behalf of 5:15-TAWS.
Promotional materials from the band (art for posters, video clips, pictures, graphics, audio for email and web, etc.), are available from Band. Please notify as far in advance as possible but no less than two weeks from the date of the event to deliver these materials. Please provide details of what you would like us to provide (ex: 11x17 poster, 1024 x 768 graphic, etc.). We can provide professional quality file formats.
Please have a minimum of one dressing room available for the band’s use before and after the Performance.
The band will be allowed to set up a merchandise table at all events. We require a table (up to eight (8) feet) with t-shirts, posters, bumper stickers. A member(s) from our group will be stationed at the table before and after the performance. The band receives 100% of all 515 merchandise sales.
If the event requires tickets or payment upon entrance, please reserve 5-10 tickets or guest list
passes for press, VIPs or band family or associates.
Travel & Hospitality
For all Engagement travel and hospitality arrangements, please contact Rickland Powell.
Past Booked Events
|January 17, 2015||Club/Nightclub|
The complete works of The WHO.
|Rickland Powell||Booking Manager|
|Pete Cassani||Guitar, Vocals, Mic Stand Guitar Bow|
|David Wilson||Lead Vocal, Guitar|
|John Nicholson||Bass Guitar, Vocals, Pedals|
|Thomas Sperounis||Drums, Vocals|
|John Songdahl||Keyboards, Percussion, Engineering|
Influences & Inspiration
Stage - Minumum 14' wide by 15' deep