Looking for something different? You need Bad Penny for a great mix of current hits and forgotten favorites. This four-piece cover band touches on all genres including rock, pop, country, blues, soul and R&B. With an incredibly dynamic female singer and male vocals and back up harmonies, Bad Penny has the ability to cover numerous favorite songs to keep the party going all night. Highlighted artists include Meghan Trainor, The Police, Bonnie Raitt, Ed Sheeran, Cyndi Lauper, Keith Urban, INXS, Aretha Franklin, Miranda Lambert, Stevie Wonder and so many more. We play all venues including small parties to large outdoor festivals. Bad Penny will keep your guests happy all night!
Bad Penny totally delivered on a fabulous New Year's Eve private party for our Inn guests. What was especially great was how they engaged with the guests and made the evening special for them.
Michael was excellent to work with in arranging everything in advance. The result was smooth sailing and a great time.
Response from Bad Penny:
Thank you Wendy.You had a great idea rockin' in the new year for your guests and the Garden Gables Inn staff.Liz cooked up awsome food specials and you were all so very flexiible as we adjusted the show to entertain the guests non-stop up to and into 2015.Bad Penny just wants to have fun!
We hired Bad Penny and Tumblin' Dice for my Dad's 70th birthday party and they were awesome! I hired them on a whim, not even really getting a chance to hear them before I did, and they were above and beyond my expectations. They played everything from the 1960s to today and everyone of all ages had a great time! I would hire them again in a heartbeat!
Response from Bad Penny:
Thank you Katrina.Your family and friends were terrific.We designed the show around the guests and I'm so glad you enjoyed our music choices.Call us for any event you're hosting.You are a pleasure to work with!
I hired Tumblin' Dice for our company party- they definitely delivered, took requests, everyone enjoyed it- we already booked them for next year! Highly recommend, Jeff Goddard
We hired Tumblin' Dice for a 60th birthday party- they had everybody up dancing all night- great 60's thru 80's songs. We will definitly have them back for our next party, everybody complimented us on the music- Thanks!
Response from Bad Penny:
Thank you very much for the compliments.You were also very gracious hosts and I'm glad we were able to please your guests,because that is who we play for.
Price Range: $400.and up
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Great interaction between the members of the band as well as with their audience. Some humor mixed in getting the audience to interact with them. Samantha adds great stage presence and uses her theatrical background to enhance the music, and the band uses their experience to adjust to different audiences. For example,when the band is hired for a private party,they will set up a show that reflects the age group or desire of the employer and details such as what time to arrive, what to wear and special song requests etc.
Samantha Goodman – Lead Vocals
For Samantha Goodman, a native of West Hartford, Bad Penny is the culmination of a lifetime’s musical experience and interests. As a young girl, Samantha took part in school and community theater, eventually studying opera at Boston University. After winning the 2007 Talent Quest New England Regional Female Vocalist award, she decided to focus on performing with live bands. She studied with celebrated artist Christine Ohlman to develop her sound, who taught her that the most important role a vocalist has is to be a conduit for the audience’s emotions. Samantha brings characters to life in Bad Penny’s roster of songs, from the gullible and heartbroken “Mama’s Broken Heart” to a sassy vixen singing “All About that Bass.”
Dave Beckwith – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Dave Beckwith, a Southington resident, draws from his rock, country and blues roots and adds energy to every Bad Penny show. He has played from Maine to Tennessee with Smokehouse, the band he fronted for 18 years. Dave has shared the stage and played with such greats as James Cotton, Lee Roy Parnell, Delbert McClinton, Martina McBride, Eric Burdon, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, The Marvellettes and James Montgomery. His other musical projects include: The Tom Sanders Band, Stampede, Matrix and the Bullets. Twice nominated in the Hartford Grand Band Slam Music Polls in the Best Guitar category, Dave brings his smile and energy to every Bad Penny show!
Jon Hallenbeck – Bass/Vocals
Jon Hallenbeck of Watertown, CT found an old ukulele with a pitch pipe and song book in the front hall closet when he was six years old and thought it was “pretty cool.” After his father bought him his first guitar at 10, he knew he was going to be a musician. At 21 he became a bass player after a Doobie Brothers concert because he “loved the movement.” He played in a number of bands in the 70’s and 80’s, including Live Wire with drummer Mike Chute, and worked all over the country touring. In the 90’s he began working with country band Harm’s Way, staying with the powerhouse group until 2012. Now he is coming back to rock and roll roots and loves the power and excitement of Bad Penny.
Michael Chute – Drums/Vocals
Mike Chute of Southington comes from a family of theatrical entertainers and musicians. The British Invasion influenced his drum style and he has been playing in Connecticut nightclubs with uncles and cousins since he was 14. Mike was in Smokehouse with guitarist Dave Beckwith and Live Wire with bassist Jon Hallenbeck, and that shared experience creates a complete synergy for the rhythm section of the band. He feels that performance is the backbone to Bad Penny, saying “Samantha is just the type of performer I've been searching for through all my years of backing musicians. With her showmanship, and Dave and Jon’s upbeat enthusiasm, I get to sit back, drive my drums, and enjoy the rockin’ show.”
Additional Booking Notes
Bad Penny has audio equipment capable of suiting small venues to large outdoor settings. We do bring some basic lighting with us to all gigs, so no additional outdoor lighting is required, though it is an enhancement. If you are hiring us for an outdoor gig, we do ask for some kind of tent covering; we can bring our own tent if you need us to, just let us know in advance. Please let us know what kind of power source is available so we can bring appropriate power cords to set up.
Our band also works with adjunct keyboard players and horn players. If you are interested in a specific sound we are happy to bring in some additional players for the evening for an additional fee.
Past Booked Events
|March 26, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Prime Time Watertown|
|March 25, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Friends Cafe Southington|
|March 19, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Rock Garden Watertown|
|March 05, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Mt.Southington Lodge|
|February 20, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Strykers Berlin|
|February 19, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Rock Garden Watertown|
|February 13, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Blue Plate Plainville|
|January 30, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Freinds Cafe Southington|
|January 23, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Canton indoor Golf|
|January 16, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Blue Plate Plainville|
|August 15, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|April 18, 2015||Birthday Party|
|December 31, 2014||Private Party|
|May 31, 2014||Birthday Party|
Below is a listing of some of the artists and songs the band performs. If you don't see a particular song you really would like to hear for your special event then please let us know and we will do all we can to make it happen.
Plus Party Standards
Brass In Pocket
Pride and Joy
|Samantha Goodman||Lead Vocals|
|Dave Beckwith||Lead Guitar/Vocals|
Influences & Inspiration
Songs are chosen by all members of the band, who have vastly different favorite artists. This is what creates the variety Bad Penny is lauded for. Current artists covered include Meghan Trainor, Ed Sheeran, Elle King, Charlie Puth, Paramore, and One Republic. 80's and 90's classics artists include Cyndi Lauper, The Pretenders, The Police, INXS, Greg Kihn Band, Sublime, Sheryl Crow and Spin Doctors. Rock and blues are well represented by such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, Dusty Springfield, Journey, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Soul and R&B music is covered with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Sam & Dave and Eddie Floyd. Lastly, some oldies and fan favorites including the Beatles, Roy Orbison, Dion and the Rolling Stones.
Lighting, depending on the venue
canopy or tarp, if outdoors
Level ground surface and a wood platform for the drums, if outdoors
At least three electrical outlets or generator capable of running house current with no.9 cords, three prong
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