Kevin J. Marcot (Lead Vocalist/2nd Guitar) is from Sterling Heights, MI, Joined 10/11/20. 

Kevin James Marcot, a Michigan native is now the youngest member of Lookin’ Back. 😉 Born in an undisclosed location in Metro Detroit Kevin started playing the guitar at age 8 and went on to study music theory and become the best and loudest singer in his high school choir.  Not long after graduating Kevin got into recording “experimental music” at home under the name “ID” and would use audio loops and drum machine tracks as a foundation and play guitar, bass, and keyboards over the tracks.  Later Kevin would attend The Disk School of Recording Arts.

Kevin’s singing style was influenced by some of the biggest voices in Rock music.  Bob Seger, David Coverdale of White Snake & Deep Purple, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden & Audio Slave, Dave Draiman of Disturbed, and Brent Smith of Shine Down.   Bands Kevin has performed with over the years include Rane, Pain Inc, Mean Machine, & MAINLINE being his most successful!

When Kevin’s not singing with Lookin’ Back he’s an MRI Technologist.  After hours you might find him hunting, running trails, weight lifting, or several other health and fitness-related activities.  He loves working on cars and his home, but mostly he’s a family man who loves spending quality time with his wife of 17 years and their two small children.

Interestingly Kevin took a several-year hiatus from music to raise a family and pursue his medical tech career goals…..until one day in 2020 he actually contracted COVID19.  While quarantined in his basement, and safely distanced from his family for many weeks recovering, Kevin decided to pick up his old guitar and start playing again.  When he became strong enough to start singing HE DID.…..and fortunately for our Bob Seger/Lookin’ Back fans he NEVER WANTS TO STOP!  SO, in our opinion, the only two good things to come out of this 2020 global pandemic are: 1.) Kevin reunited with his musical passions.  2.) He found our help wanted ad!

Cezaar Wade (Lead Guitarist/Backing Vocals/Keys) of Jackson, MI joined Lookin’ Back officially on February 14, 2020.  Mr. Wade has been playing guitar since Jr. High School, but his earliest memories of being musical dates all the way back to 5th grade and was much more about getting out of school classes than an innate love for violin music.  Like nearly every kid Cezaar didn’t love the violin in the beginning, but over time Cezaar came to appreciate just how expressive the violin was and helping him realize the beauty of melodies and that he could make his own.

The first time Cezaar ever saw an electric guitar being played in person was actually in the living room of his childhood home when he got home from school one fall day.  After that, he was never quite the same – or let’s say he found his true passion.  Quickly he came to realize, and in absolute astonishment that with almost no coaching he could actually play most of Ted Nugent’s songs.  It wasn’t too long after that he would go on to figure out all the guitar parts of all his favorite bands.

As with any serious musician playing over the last 40 years, Cezaar was always aware of and appreciated Bob Seger’s music.  But, when he honestly started to dig deep into the Seger material Lookin’ Back planned to perform in 2020 he then realized Bob’s songwriting genius.  Epiphone Epiphany! Welcome, Cezaar Wade to Lookin’ Back 2020.  Debut performance would have been at the 11th Annual Bob Seger Birthday Bash on May 8 (COVID19 CANCELED).  LABOR  DAY Weekend in Celina, OH was his first day on the job.  With so much spare time last winter, spring, and summer of 2020 to practice the material, OF COURSE, HE KILLED IT!

Jim Molnar – (Piano / Backing Vocals)  Jim has been with Lookin’ Back off and on since 2011…..AND NOW HE’S BACK AGAIN for 2021!  He’s played piano since the tender age of 6.  After winning every single youth talent show his parents entered him in, the writing was on the wall.  Jim would eventually and naturally go on to play in several successful area cover bands.  Jim said he enjoyed the applause so much he needed MUCH MORE and joined Lookin’ Back at a time when we were lookin’ for him!  A humble savant who loves his beer and has always played by ear, because he said, “reading notes just slowed me down”.  Jim loves Bob Seger music and has no problem covering Silver Bullet Craig Frost parts and replicates Bob’s most challenging piano songs note for note (Fire Inside/Brave Strangers, etc).  He will use every single one of his twin 88-note keyboards.  He’s scary quiet, an eternal optimist, and a loyal team member.

Carl Cafagna (SAX AXECarl’s not only a gifted sax man, but he’s also a clarinetist, flutist, vocalist, drummer, and pretty good with the tambourine.  He has shared the stage with the Temptations, Regis Philbin, Natalie Cole, Martha Reeves, Amy Grant, Verve Pipe, Neil McCoy, the Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, Simone Vitale, Marcus Belgrave, Bobby Watson, James Carter, Hot Club of Detroit and the Detroit Lions Pep Band, among many others.  Carl has performed in most major cities in the US, and in 4 other countries. Carl has taught music for the Detroit Symphony youth program, Lake Orion High School, Oakland University, Western Michigan University, and the world-renowned Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He holds a Bachelor’s in Music from Berklee College of Music (Boston) and a Masters in Music from Western Michigan University. A Family Man, he lives in Metro Detroit with his wife and their 4 gifted children.

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Edward Mark (Hammond Organ / Strings & Horn Section Sounds) aka “Fast Eddie” is really really really fast…once he gets to his organ. Originally from Brooklyn, NY Ed is just a little less than patient and a complete perfectionist.  He’s has been playing keys and bass in various blues, rock, and jazz bands throughout NW Ohio and SE Michigan for over 40, and less than 100 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 NEW hi-tech Hammond B3 organ and is on par with Robyn Robbins but that’s his job, right?  New technology allows him to combine classic organ sounds with whatever we need.  Catch FAST Eddie and NOT SO SLOW Jim playing together at ALL OUR 2021 SHOWS!

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Todd Stoney (Drums) Todd has played rock n roll drums his entire life.  In fact, Santa Claus delivered his first kit personally…..to his grandparent’s house by mistake on Christmas day.  Todd took private lessons in Lansing, MI at age 9 and quickly grasped the rudiments, developed his skills over the next 8 years locked away in his bedroom rehearsing for this particular gig 30 years in the future.  In his headphones, Todd played along with Bob Seger, ALL his favorite progressive rock bands and, whatever came next on The American Top 40 radio broadcasts.  Todd brags about rehearsing with some of the best bands in the world that never escaped the dank smelly basements and garages from Lansing to Albion, Pinckney to St. Johns, MI.  Todd’s “never say die” and “if you can’t join them – beat them” attitudes and entrepreneurial spirit has proven itself over and over again since the band’s sold-out debut on Aug. 29, 2009.  The Bandleader, H.R. manager, booking agent, marketer, talent scout, promoter, event coordinator, media relations, and social media point man, this drummer is literally the heartbeat of Lookin’ Back.  A few years prior to forming Lookin Back Todd performed with several “mega-church” stages like Oak Pointe/Novi, Kensington’s River Community Church in Hartland, Brightmoor Tabernacle in Commerce, and Ward Presbyterian in Novi.  Todd’s biggest and earliest drummer influences were Charlie Martin (Silver Bullet Original), Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds), Ian Mosley (Marillion), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Joey  Kramer (Aerosmith), and Alan White (Yes).

Jef Reynolds (MEGA BASS / Vocals) Jef delivers the goods on 4, 5, or 6 string bass. He’s known around the industry for his eclectic production sense gleaned over years working in studios around the Motor City.  Jef also has multi-instrumental prowess, an intuitive voice, and a very dry martini sense of humor making him a man in demand.  Jef is excited and lookin’ forward with those strong lyrical stories and memorable moments performing the music of Bob Seger. Throughout his career, Jef has accompanied various national 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 by a stable of Detroit jazz legends such as The Funk Brothers guitarist Joe Messina, Ralph Armstrong, Mike Karoub, Wendell Harrison, RJ Spangler Big Band, Scott Gwinnell Orchestra. Jef was a member of the A&M Records artist ‘Shivers’ in the late 80s. On-call session player at Cloudborne, Ron Rose, and Producers Color Service Studios. Early works with 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.

HIGHEST-QUALITY ALTERNATE PLAYERS (Just In Case!)

Jeff Axelsen (Lead Guitarist / Backing Vocals) Jeff got his very first guitar on Christmas day in 1978.  The very first full song he learned was a simple three-chord song on an orange & yellow 45 Capitol Record called Ramblin Gamblin Man.  Not long after, and knowing Jeffs love for Bob Seger music, his sister Vicki loved him enough to escort him to his first concert at Pine Knob. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band no less. She hoped somehow that $8.00 5th row ticket might inspire the lad’s passion for old time rock n roll. IT WORKED, and Vicki now loves him EVEN MORE THAN EVER!  Jeff never stopped making music and loves to share memories (again & again) about the good old days performing at places like; The Crystal, Walsh’s On The Border, Harpos, Blondies, The Old Miami, and other live music clubs in Metro Detroit.  Some past groups include; Shamus Whiskey, Bad Habit, Ten Pound Head, MSA, Raggle Taggle, The Sax Maniacs, & The Leftovers. Jeff opened for national touring acts Bad Finger, Molley Hatchet, Mitch Ryder, and Glengarry Boys.   Over the years he became a multi-instrumentalist by adding mandolin, bass guitar, piano, banjo, bodhran and harmonica to his stellar guitar talent.  Jeff started playing with Lookin’ Back in 2017 until 2020, and NAILED HIS PARTS!

 

 Pat Shanley Pabst-at-Memphis(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 Trousers, 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.