As a soloist, Steve performs at fine dining establishments in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. He plays keyboards, guitar and sings a wide variety of songs from 1910 to today.
Steve has a smooth voice and uses the finest equipment: Bose PA, Shure mics, Ketron Audya keyboards, banjo and guitar. While Steve plays, Trisha "plays" dancing and taking requests.
Sings and plays songs from AC DC to ZZ Top. Includes current country and pop songs, i.e. Brad Paisley to Charlie Puth.
Has worked with Linda Rondstadt and Chris Montez. Has opened for Johnny Cash, The Who and others. Records in the top 20.
Price Range: $150 and up. Depending upon distance to travel.
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Unions: Former AFM Member
What to Expect
STEVE has four types of shows:
1. Senior living - High-energy show featuring sing-alongs and requests with Trisha dancing with the men and ladies after passing out tambourines and maracas.
2. Rock'n Roll: "When the Music Died." - High-energy show for corporate events and large venues. Features impersonations and songs from Buddy Holly, Bobby Vee, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and others.
3. Piano bar lounge for fine restaurants with piano and vocals in the styles of Sinatra, Martin, Bennett , Buble, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis and others.
4. Jazz duet with 4-time Apollo winner Dina Spivey. Performs songs by Etta James, Patsy Cline and others. Dena gets up close and personal with the patrons and has been in show business for many years.
For the last six years, Steve has been performing on the stage at the Rock'n Roll McDonald's in Olympia Fields, Illinois, every Wednesday night from 5-9 p.m. and at the McDonald's across from Meijer on Rte 41 in Highland, Indiana, every other Friday night from 5-9 p.m. Steve will have 30 or 40 people dancing and singing along to songs from all eras and in all styles from rock, country, western, blues, jazz, standards, folk, disco and anything else you can imagine.
Steve also performs at Bambinos Family Restaurant in Steger, Illinois, and has performed at several of the best steakhouses in Chicago.
He and Trisha also perform at senior centers and nursing homes in Illinois and Indiana. Steve does the music based upon requests taken by Trisha who roams the crowd with a wireless mic getting folks to sing along. She also hands out tambourines and maracas so the folks can all join in. She then dances with the men and ladies while Steve plays the piano, guitar and banjo while singing the requested songs.
Steve has always believed that "They see you before they hear you." So, he and Trisha always dress the part - be it in sandals and shorts for a luau or beach party, Lederhosen for Octoberfest, a glitzy Italian flag vest for Italian songs, as a vampire. Frankenstein monster or Elvis for Halloween, elves for Christmas or any other specially themed party.
Classically trained on voice, piano and guitar, Steve has been performing on stage since 1963 and knows the words and music to over 5,000 songs.
He uses the finest equipment (same make and model keyboard now used by Stevie Wonder and other professionals, Bose P.A., SHURE wireless mics. Fender guitars.)
Steve has just put together a new act: "When the Music Died." It is the story about the plane wreck that took the lives of Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) and Ritchie Valens on February 3rd, 1959. Steve performs many of the songs that were performed by these greats and others the night of the crash and the following night. Steve does a great Buddy Holly impersonation as well as impersonating other stars.
If given a list of songs within a week of performing, Steve will perform each song requested.
His high-energy shows will have the audience tapping its feet and singing along.
Some of the responses by audience members to his shows are:
"You're the best who has ever played here."
"I never expected anything like this. Now I know I made the right decision to move here."
"Can you come back tomorrow?"
Steve also provides tidbits about the songs and artists while performing - asking the guests for their memories and responses.
As one member of the audience put it: "A performance without Lydell is like a martini without gin."
Additional Booking Notes
I use stage lighting for most shows, and Trisha passes out tambourines and maracas. I bring my own keyboard and amplification system.
With over 5,000 committed to memory, I try not to use set lists because they are constraining. I prefer to look at the audience and adjust my shows to them. Trisha takes requests, so I usually know what they want.
Influences & Inspiration
Having played coffee houses with Linda Ronstadt and opening for Johnny Cash, Blue Cheer and the Who have given me an eclectic background and a love and appreciation for all types of music. I even had R. Kelley sit in with me one night.
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