Nils Lofgren, a resident of Scottsdale since 1995, formed his first band, Grin, in 1968. At age 18, he joined Neil Young’s band and played guitar and piano and sang on the platinum-selling After the Gold Rush.
In 1984, Lofgren joined the E Street Band prior to the start of the Born in the U.S.A. tour and he’s been a mainstay on guitar for the three decades since. In the 1990s, Lofgren performed with Ringo Starr’s All Star Band.
Lofgren was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
alicetatum.com Alice Tatum, an award-winning and critically acclaimed singer, has been a fixture in the Phoenix music scene for 30 years. Alice has expansive discography as a recording artists and she has played alongside such greats as Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, The Righteous Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper and Nancy Wilson. Alice lives in Scottsdale and has committed her talents and time to many charities, including the Arthritis Foundation, the Arizona Foundation for Women, the Make a Wish Foundation and others.
Scott Johnson played lead and rhythm guitars and sang backup for the most successful of Tempe’s Mill Avenue bands, the Gin Blossoms, beginning in 1992.
Johnson’s work on Congratulations, I’m Sorry, released in 1996, helped the band create two of its biggest hits: Follow You Down, which spent 10 weeks in the Top 10, and As Long As It Matters, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Duo or Group.
In between Gin Blossoms stints, Johnson played with Tempe legends Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.
Michael Nitro’s vocals and high energy rock guitar riffs are why many consider him one of the most musically entertaining acts on the music scene today. Nitro’s love of music and passion to perform come from both of his musician parents. As a teenager, he would entertain his High School mates by leaping onto the lunch tables and doing his best Elvis impression. The singer/songwriter and guitarist has come a long way since the schoolyard and has warmed the crowd for national acts from The Allman Brothers to Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, REO Speedwagon, Yngwie Malmsteen and the list goes on. “I have so many amazing memories and have been incredibly fortunate to share the stage with legendary performers like Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Bo Diddley and Sam Moore. I view each experience as a lesson in greatness.” When watching the Michael Nitro Band perform, their hunger to play is apparent and their love of music is clear as they bring renewed energy to the stage every night. “[Performing his original songs is] what his fans love him best for… rock guitar, seasoned with blues sound.” (Fast Lane Magazine).
Michael Nitro – when you need to rock. The Michael Nitro Band’s previous recordings are available on iTunes and Michael is currently writing songs for their new release.
Mindy Harris was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. For as long as she can remember, she has had an unstoppable passion for singing and performing. Mindy recalls her all-time favorite musical memory from when she was at a High School assembly and was called on stage to scat with Francine Reed, “it’s just one of those moments that you never forget.” Mindy’s past projects include an original alternative jam band, Lemon Crayola, and her pop/punk group, Twig. Mindy’s ever-changing and diverse taste in music has led to her current project, The Mindy Harris Band, which plays southern rock and modern country. No matter the genre, Mindy’s sexy, spot-on vocals and sassy personality are what her fans love about her.
Ray Herndon is a country singer/songwriter and guitarist. As a former member of McBride and The Ride, he has eight country chart hits – including four Top 10s. He is the longtime guitarist for Lyle Lovett and co-wrote Kenny Chesney’s hit “Me and You.” Herdon’s debut solo album in 2004 was called “Livin’ The Dream.”
Al Ortiz has toured for years playing bass guitar for Stevie Nicks’ band.
Raised around music, Ortiz plays a variety of instruments, sings and composes. For more than 30 years, he’s worked with many local bands in his hometown of Phoenix, where he met up with Nicks and became a regular on her tours beginning in 1998. Ortiz has also toured with other artists, including Sister Sledge and he’s shared the stage with rock legends like Tom Petty, Johnny Rivers, Don Henley, Kid Rock and Dave Stewart.
Lawrence Zubia began playing music with his younger brother Mark more than 20 years ago and they’ve played together ever since. Zubia was a fixture on the 1990s Mill Avenue band scene that defined “the Tempe sound.” Currently, Zubia plays solo acoustic shows and sings for The Pistoleros and The Persuaders.
Francine Reed is best known for her work with Lyle Lovett on duets and as a back-up vocalist. Born in Chicago, Reed has appeared on the bill as a support act with greats such as Miles Davis, Smokey Robinson, Etta James and The Crusaders.
Walt Richardson plays rhythm guitar and has been part of the Tempe music scene for more than 30 years. In January 2014, Richardson was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. Later in 2014, he was the inaugural musician to be inducted into Tempe’s Music Walk.
Blaine Long was born in West Virginia and raised in Arizona. He fronted a Tempe-based band for most of the 90’s. After the band broke up, Long continued playing as a solo artist at clubs and coffee shops in the western United States. His music features warm and soulful vocals and a powerful rhythmic acoustic guitar style. He has released an album per year for the past five years.
Hans Olson has been a performing musician since 1972. A prolific songwriter and a master of the amplified acoustic guitar and harmonica, Olson has recorded over 70 of his own songs on 13 independent record releases.
He has been the opening act for The Allman Brothers Band, Boz Skaggs, and Dave Mason and has toured in both the United States and Europe. As a composer, Olson’s music has been featured in The George Lopez Show, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
In 1996, Olson was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. In 2013, Phoenix Magazine named him one of the “25 most influential musicians in Arizona.”
Grant Woods, who wrote the songs on The Project, has been a trial attorney practicing in Arizona for the past 30 years. He served as the state’s Attorney General from 1991 to 1999 and in 1995 was chosen by his peers as the top AG in America.
During his years as Arizona’s “top cop,” Woods successfully argued Lewis v. Casey before the U.S. Supreme Court and served as a principal architect of the states’ lawsuits against the tobacco companies – a suit that resulted in taxpayers’ winning the largest civil settlement in American history.
Born in Mesa and a father of five, today Woods lives in Phoenix with his wife Marlene and his children, Austin (a practicing attorney), Lauren, Cole, Dylan, and Ava.