All Strummed Out
Bobby Brooks came to the Valley of the Sun in late '91 in the off season as a Professional Baseball Umpire. He started working for the Fabulous Bailey Boys karaoke company to make ends meet and soon realized that the music business was an industry he wanted to work in for a living. In '94, while still traveling through-out the U.S. as an umpire, Bobby managed to start a karaoke retail business with former Fabulous Bailey Boy, Jack Bailey, and started his own company, UR Entertainment. It didn't take long for the business to build, and in '96 Bobby retired from baseball. In addition to Bobby's Karaoke/DJ company, he also been on a radio commercial singing a national jingle for the USDA public safety campaign released on TV commercials and national radio spots.
Whether it's playing with, 'ALL STRUMMED OUT', singing karaoke, volunteering for Kyrene De las Brieses Elementary School drama/music club, or just out at one of live music venues, you'll always see Bobby's smiling face around music.
Scott E. Nowak - Guitarist/ Vocalist
I was born & raised in the great city of Chicago (birth date is not necessary, we all know I'm an old guy)
I started playing guitar at 7 years old on a Kay acoustic guitar, that my mom got for me with grocery store trading stamps (I still have that guitar).
I joined my 1st band when I was 10yrs. old (with some schoolmates of my older sister)
When I was 12, my band started playing at church picnics & 8th grade dances
At the age of 14, I joined the Gordon Tech High School Jazz Band as well as playing guitar for various musical plays (like “Godspell)
At 17 years of age I joined a country/rock band called Desperado & started playing in bars (the other guys in the band were older & the drinking age was 18)
When I turned 19 I joined my first road band called “Chimo“ (Eskimo for “friend”)
I’ve played in various road bands since then, most notably, a Vegas show band called The Earl Turner Group
At 26 years of age, I got off the road & moved back to Chicago to play with the Joe Contaffio Band
With the Joe Contaffio Band, I played outdoor festivals backing up many legendary artists of the 50’s & 60’s: Tommy James, Del Shannon, Alex Chilton (the Box Tops), the Coasters & the Drifters
Also while playing in bar bands I have been fortunate enough to have “jammed” with other legendary musicians, such as Sugar Blue (harmonica) & Jaco Pastorius (bass)
At the age of 27, I started producing recordings for local Chicago bands & learning to be a recording engineer
In 1992 I moved to Mesa, AZ. & started playing in local bands & working at Apache Tracks Studio
I’ve played guitar in many local Arizona bands: Gigi Dixon Band, Tina Bailey Band,Colleen Callahan Band, Richard Dean's Blues Machine, Shaker, Stereoblitz etc.
My current bands are:
All Strummed Out (with Bobby Brooks) -acoustic guitar & vocals
Chuck E. Baby & the Allstars -lead guitar & vocals
Bob Villa is best known for having over 600 musical selections for our guests to choose. Acoustical music that is a back drop to an amazing dinner. I have been booking Bob for next to ten years, but he has sadly moved on to another state. Come see this him in a rare performance at The Blue. Easily my single most requested artist in my career.
A Native American and native Arizonan, Bob was born August 4, 1960, on the Gila River Pima reservation southeast of Phoenix. He grew up in and around Coolidge, Arizona, graduating from Coolidge High School in 1979. He attended American Indian College in Phoenix, pursuing a degree in Christian Ministry, and Grand Canyon University, also in Phoenix, studying Music Education and receiving formal voice training.
Penny hails from Lenoir City in East Tennessee, but also calls Richmond, Indiana, home. She learned piano as a child, and grew up singing in church and school choirs and ensembles. She lends harmony to Bob's melodies.
Bob has been playing guitar since he was 10 years old. His over 30 years of experience is evidenced by his eclectic styles and ease with the instrument. Bob has been involved in church music for many years and served as worship leader at various churches, conventions, and convocations. He has made appearances on Christian television and done gospel and worship music recordings. In March of 2001, while on staff at American Indian College, he produced a live worship CD, writing much of the music himself and performing it along with the student praise bands.
In 2004, Bob and Penny began performing at Phoenix-area venues. Since October of 2005 they have traveled the country as full-time performing musicians, playing, among other places, the Texas Hill Country (an area known for its music appreciation) and Music City, Nashville, TN. Listeners enjoy their smooth performances on cover tunes, but especially Bob's original music, much of which is influenced by his Southwestern and Native American roots. Bob released 2 CD's during the winter of 2004/2005 containing, with the exception of one song, all original music. He has made 4 appearances on Good Morning Arizona, a Phoenix morning news program. Bob won The Proof Is In The Pudding solo artist competition at Alice Cooperstown in Phoenix in 2005. He went on to perform at Alice Cooper's Christmas show held at the Dodge Theater along with Alice himself, STYX, Don Felder of the Eagles, and many other world-class musicians. During 2006 & 2007, Bob & Penny enjoyed a 4-month run at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino in Mescalero, NM. In 2008 he received a callback at the National audition level for the Nashville Star TV show. Though he was not ultimately chosen for the show, he wrote a funny, tongue-in-cheek song about his audition experiences. That single enjoyed airplay on over 30 radio stations in 12 states.
Musical Repertoire & Influences
The Villa's repertoire is eclectic and constantly growing and includes pop jazz standards like Sinatra's Fly Me To The Moon and All Of Me and Nat King Cole's Mona Lisa and When I Fall In Love. They convincingly cover Jim Croce tunes Don't Mess Around With Jim, Time In A Bottle, etc., James Taylor hits like Fire and Rain and Handy Man, Elvis favorites such as Teddy Bear and Hound Dog, and a Beatles lineup that spans the early 60's to the mid 70's. Bob's influences include modern jazz guitarists Charlie Smith and George Benson; rock legends Eric Clapton and Neil Young and bands Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Doobie Brothers; blues artists Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King; and Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Mac Powell, and Petra in the Christian music arena. Bob loves country music, a love planted and fostered by his mother, and expresses that love by passionately covering classics by Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, etc., as well as modern tunes by Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, and others.
||Harry McGraw has been in the music industry for four decades. He has toured with bands coast to coast and internationally as a lead guitarist and singer/songwriter.
Harry settled in the Valley in 1998 and has played the local music scene since his arrival.
Harry’s guitar playing is best described as well-crafted grooves with a lot of soul. He’s mastered the sounds of soulful funk n blues licks and classic rock.
Formed in 2010, The Harry McGraw band is described as a power trio with a huge sound, playing a wide range of material from many artists and genres, as well has Harry’s soulful original music.
Notes from Neptune!
Get a sitter, these guys are AMAZING!
Notes From Neptune is often described as a musical journey. While they have a blast performing. You will like the way you fell when listening to them. The band is comprised of Scott a Nylon String Guitarist and Thomas a Saxophonist. Both of which have amazing vocals. They will take you back to 80's Classic Rock with Pink Floyd and The Doors and bring out the Motown Soul with Bill Withers and James Brown. They like to go mordern with a little John Mayer and Gnarls Barkley and even swing the jazz a bit with Michael Buble and Louis Armstrong. Then there are their Originals!!! Both Scott and Thomas are phenonminal musicians having each played over 20 years.