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North East/Erie, PA
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Portrait of Rob Vance
Rob Vance comes from a little town in western New York. A self-taught, 28 year veteran of the music business, Rob has played in bands having various styles of music since he was a teenager. From country and southern rock to the rock n' roll of the 70s, the coming of MTV to the alternative of the 80s and 90s as well as the music of today. His original music is a reflection of his well-rounded background. His first influence in music was in the 60s when he listened to records and watched the Beatles movies on television at the age of five with the older kids in the house. He started playing drums in high school and then learned the guitar and bass; he also plays a bit of boogie-woogie style piano. In the early 90's, Rob played in a gospel band. It was televised each week where he might be seen on bass one week, guitar on another and occassionally on drums. RV: "I have always wanted to play different instruments. I really admire guys like Paul McCartney and Adrian Belew because they sing and play many instruments while possessing the ability to record and produce themselves as well." From early 2003 to late 2005 Rob had been playing about 90 to 140 shows a year. Mostly with Coyote Joe, and Antyx, but has performed occasionally with bands like Baker/Brown, Torn Curtain, and Big Brother Bob. He also does solo acoustic guitar shows on a regular basis, a project that kicked off in Jan '03. In 2004 and 2005 Rob was gigging with up to five different bands since Coyote Joe had gone into hiatus. The bands Antyx, Loco, Descriptive Claim, Ridge Runners, and The Rob Vance Band (formerly The Lake Erie Monsters) played regularly from 2004 to 2005 as well as his solo act. He has been involved with the Warner and Roadhouse Theatres, playing bass in the play Honky Tonk Angels at the Warner Theater, and also played in the rock opera Sammy. He played in both the original Sammy at Kings Rook club in 1988 and in 2002 at the Roadhouse Theater, as well as other projects with Erie's own Rick DiBello. RV: "I love my job", and decided to get even more involved with his music in Jan '03 on a full-time basis which has, among other things, included writing more original music and digital recording. In 2006 he was downsizing doing not so many solo shows, gigging with Antyx occasionally, collaborating with and recording local songwriter Tom Bickel, and mostly busy with his band EasyStreet. Now in 2007, EasyStreet is in hiatus, he is doing just a few Antyx/solo shows and alot more songwriting and recording. It's 2008 and Rob is in an acoustic duet with Suzi D of Franklin, PA and still writing/recording. Stay tuned.
 
 
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