Austin band that keeps you dancing and Winner of the 1998-99 Austin
Chronicle Band Poll Award for BEST COVER BAND, The Atlantics
consists of some of the most talented musicians and vocalists
to hit the scene in two decades.
begin with the rhythm section. As the foundation of Austins
best cover band, our drummer has to be the grooviest going. Since
his high school days in San Antonio, drummer Mike Canales
has been a local legend. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in
performance from Berklee College of music (Boston, Mass.). Mike
has performed with the Jon Finn Group and studied with Kenwood
Dennard, Rod Morgenstein, and Mike Mangini.
All the way from Port Arthur is bass player Evan Arredondo.
He has played with Ray Charles, Kirk Whalum, and Earl King. Evan
is one of Austins most sought after studio musicians.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, keyboard player Matt Russell
is a masters student at The University of Texas majoring in jazz
composition. In addition to jamming with The Atlantics, Matt also
plays piano with various jazz groups around Austin.
Rounding out the crew is guitarist Mike Barnes
of Extreme Heat fame. A 22-year veteran of the Austin music scene,
Mikes spicy riffs has graced 7 albums, five albums from
Extreme Heat and two albums from Blue Millennium.
Our exciting horn section is made up of 2 of the best players
Brian Daft was the lead trumpet in the Southwest Texas
State University Jazz Ensemble. He has played with Blue Millennium,
Al Grey, Michael Mossman, and has performed at the Montreaux and
North Sea Jazz Festivals.
Saxophonist Mace Hibbard is a University of Texas Masters
degree candidate, majoring in Jazz Studies. He has performed with
the Disney International College Band, the Tommy Dorsey Band,
Arturo Sandoval, Bobby Shew, and Michael Brecker.
Our vocalists mix and mesh harmonies like butta. Talent
and good looks often run together and our vocalists are no exception.
Male vocalist Rod Sanford is Austin theaters leading
man. In addition to his work in commercials and jingles (Texas
Lottery), Rod has recorded for several Disney Childrens
Storybooks - including The Lion King and Pocahantas.
He has starred in musicals presented by Zachary Scott Theater
- Five Guys Named Moe, Dreamgirls, Rockin Christmas Party,
Beehive, Avenue X, and Gospel at Colonus.
Female vocalist Courtney Rutherford rounds out this delicious
duet, with her sweet voice and winning smile. She has also graced
the Austin theater stage in Blue Orpheus, Dreamgirls, Purlie,
Gospel at Colonus, and Shakin the Mess Outta Misery. She has an
extensive list of voice-overs, jingles, and studio work to her
credit as well.
Take all these ingredients, mix in some Oldies, Jazz, Pop, Latin,
R&B, Funk, Disco, Rock, and Swing, we have the COMPLETE entertainment
package to make your musical event, party, or wedding, the one
everyone will be talking about.
Let us entertain YOU!