2016 Player Bios
Pat Shanley – Guitar & Vocals Pat has earned a solid reputation as being a top notch guitarist and a soulful & passionate vocalist who has worked with many of Detroit’s top blues artists. Some names you may recognize are RJ Spangler, Regular Boys, Nikki James, Curtis Sumter, Cathy Davis, Terry Thunder, Paul Carey, Chris Codish, Scott Gwinnell and Bob Seger studio session and Silver Bullet Band touring horn section player Keith Kaminski. As a former member of the folk pop group Tangerine Trowsers, Pat toured the mid-west and South East performing at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville TN, The Ark, The Ann Arbor Folk Festival and a benefit for Alejandro Escovedo in Raleigh, NC, and numerous Folk Festivals across Michigan. Pat also received special mention in Taylor Guitar’s publication Wood & Steel. Pat also helped the Trousers win 3 Detroit Music Awards (DMA’s). The bands last CD “ Dressed For Success” got strong magazine reviews from Performing Songwriter (“..Damn Cool!!”) and No Depression (“an unassuming powerhouse”). Pat is also a founding member of Blowtop whose debut CD received strong reviews and a DMA nomination for Outstanding Indie Group and for “Best Blues Guitarist”. Pat’s CD with the Dirty Pirate Hookers “Live Anywhere” also received a DMA nomination for “Best Blues Recording” and reviewed well in several Blues Music publications. Pat is a busy Solo Acoustic performer and is also the newest member of Detroit’s Eagles tribute band http://www.motowneagles.com/home.html Pat has performed several shows with Lookin’ Back over the past 5 years and you can count on him making all the shows and take very good care of the lead guitarist responsibilities for Detroit’s Premere Bob Seger Tribute Band for 2016.
Mark Salvaggio – Lead Vocalist Mark started his foray into music playing the piano at the tender age of 9. Later he would go on to study piano, vocal, and study music theory at The LaMonte studio in Troy, MI under founder Jim LaMonte. Mark had formal vocal training under a former popular classical singer DJ Davis Geoff. In his late teens Mark taught himself to play the guitar and has been rocking Detroit’s music scene for over twenty years with original projects: Open Fire, Load, 13th Floor, The Motor City Edge, and most currently Throttle. Mark has performed in all the popular clubs and festivals across Metro Detroit and has opened for touring bands LA Guns, Bullet Boys, Faster Pussycat, and will open for Lynch Mob this June. Mark is a true Bob Seger fan and brags about wearing out and repurchasing several 8 Track tapes in his life and was one of Marks earliest vocal influences. Other voices Mark enjoys listening to are Meat Loaf, Dennis DeYoung, and Steven Tyler. Believe it or not Mark is Lookin’ Back’s first singer who came into the band as a Bob Seger FAN first…..rather than an eventual convert. A dream gig and vocal comfort zone fulfilling a childhood dream of someday playing piano in Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band. Go figure!
Carl Cafagna – SAX AXE Carl’s was Lookin’ Back’s alternate sax player for the past 4 years, but this year he will be blowing up Alto Reeds parts like few others can and real fans should be very excited. Not only a gifted sax man, he’s also a clarinetist, flutist, vocalist, drummer and pretty good with the tambourine. Carl has performed with the Temptations, Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Marcus Belgrave, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Don Rickles, Bobby Watson, Verve Pipe, Johnny Trudell Orchestra, Simone Vitale, Richie Cole, John Hendricks, Detroit Lions Pep Band, Toledo Jazz Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Hot Club of Detroit. Carl is dedicated to music education, having taught music theory, jazz improvising, jazz performance, and elementary beginning band at Western Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, CASA School, Berkley Public Schools, East Lansing and other Michigan High Schools. Did we mention the world renowned Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Northern Michigan.
Currently, Carl runs the Sweet Beat Jazz Institute, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA.), and a Master of Music degree from Western Michigan University. Carl is also the leader, drummer and vocalist for Motown Eagles.
Jef Reynolds – MEGA BASS plays a wide variety of Acoustic Pop/Funky Folk/Rock/Country throughout South Eastern Michigan and gets calls for occasional national shows with touring artists. He is known around the industry for his eclectic production sense that he’s gleaned over the years working in studios around the Motor City. With his multi-instrumental prowess, intuitive voice, and dry martini sense of humor makes Jef a man in demand, but is excited and lookin’ forward to performing Bob Seger music all of 2016! He has accompanied various artists including Lesley Gore, Lou Christie, Archie Bell, The Tokens, Alex Chilton, and Wolfman Jack’s Midnight Special Revival Road Show. He is currently an active part of the Neo-Depression Jazz and Soul music revival happening in Detroit. Jef was mentored from a stable of Detroit jazz legends such as The Funk Brothers, Joe Messina, Ralph Armstrong, Mike Karoub, Wendell Harrison, RJ Spangler, Scott Gwinnell) and was a member of Shivers (A&M Records 1980s). On-call session player at Cloudborne, Ron Rose & Producers Color Service Studios. Early works of Michael King/Gary Nester. Projects include work with national Singer/Songwriters Jo Serrapere (Prairie Home Companion) and Sir Mack Rice (Stax). Early Influences Include: Chris Campbell, Paul McCartney, Jamie Jamerson. Jef is also a member of Detroit Eagles tribute band The Motown Eagles.
Recording, production history at: http://www.artistdirect.com/
Jim Molnar – Keyboards Jim has been with Lookin’ Back off and on since 2011. He’s been playing piano since 6 years old. After winning multiple talent shows and performing with several successful cover bands over the years, Jim decided that he enjoyed the rush of performing for larger audiences brought him to Lookin’ Back! A savant (we think), Jim has always played by ear, and reading notes just seemed to only slow him down and had no problem feeling the music and delivering the passion that is Bob Seger music. When he’s playing with Lookin’ Back musical texture and feeling is really unlike any other player we’ve run across since the band was formed in 2009. He endeavors to replicate the songs of Bob Seger note for note, and you’ll see him taking up a good chunk of stage with his twin 88 note keyboards. He’s not only very optimistic, but he’s a loyal team member and we’re fortunate to have him around as he turns over the keyboards to our newest member noted below. Despite some recent personnel changes over the autumn, Jim remains the youngest…….and quietest member of the band!
Edward Mark – Hammond Organ, Keys – “Fast Eddie” is the newest member of the nations best Bob Seger tribute band. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Eddie has been playing keys and bass in various blues, rock and jazz bands throughout NW Ohio and SE Michigan for over 40 years. He was formally trained in piano and music theory as a young man and brings his early training and decades of experience to Lookin’ Back in 2016. Eddie plays a hi-tech Hammond organ that combines classic organ and piano with the sounds of modern keyboards. Catch Eddie and Jim playing keys together occasionally at some of our bigger shows, making us fuller and more authentic than ever!
Todd Stoney – Drums Todd has played rock n roll drums his entire life. Originally taking private lessons in Lansing, MI at 9 years old he quickly grasped the rudiments and moved on developing skills over the years rehearsing in his basement playing along with Bob Seger records and along with some of the worlds best progressive rock bands in his headphones like so many. Later he moved into other peoples houses rehearsing with AMAZING college bands and original project that never escaped the dank smelly basements, garages and attics from Lansing to Albion, from Pinckey to St. Johns, MI. Todd’s “never say die” attitude and entrepreneurial spirit and experience building businesses has proven itself since the bands debut Aug. 29, 2009. Todd acts as band leader, H.R. manager, booking agent, marketeer, talent scout, promoter, event coordinator, PR guy, and social media point man. The 10 years just prior to forming Lookin’ Back during the winter of 2008 Todd found himself performing on “mega-church” stages like Oak Pointe in Novi, Kensington’s “The River” Community Church in Hartland, Brightmoor Tabernacle in Commerce, and Ward Presbyterian in Novi. Some of Todd’s most influential drummer were Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds), Ian Mosley (Marillion), Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), Alan White (Yes), and Charlie Martin (Silver Bullet Band).