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Do you remember the 21st night of September? Well, I do. It was Chicago, 1969. They called me Big Mike for my big vocals and silky smooth dance moves. I wonder why the name stuck? Anyway, back in the day, if you gave me a set of maracas and my jumpsuit, I could blow your mind. "Earth, Wind, Fire and Rain" was the hottest act in town. I was Rain, and it was pouring. I was on top of the world.
I had all the talent in the world and I knew it. My voice and my skills with the maracas were God given. But I was young and dumb. My ego got in the way. It was all about Big Mike. I had a vision for our sound: it was gonna be Latin Funk, focused on my maracas solos.
The band went in another direction. I was devastated, betrayed by my fellow elements. One night, things got heated. I decided to go solo. But what's Rain without Earth, Wind and Fire? It's not a funky storm, I know that much. My solo career was a drizzle.
A few months later, I hung up my jumpsuit for good and started my career at Buy More. The band went on to sell 90 million albums. Let's call it a draw.
Lester Patel was identified early on as a versatile and powerful vocalist; he is currently the lead singer of the much-in-demand party band Jeffster. A gifted composer, he has written dozens of pop songs as well as "Virus/rebuild," an experimental symphony for monophonic synthesizer. His stylistic influences include Morrissey, Kurt Cobain, Bon Scott, Billy Joel, and Madonna.
Jeff is Jeffster's multi-talented keyboardist, composer, rhythm section, and sound technician. His musical journey began as a child when he first heard Jethro Tull's Acqualung (on vinyl of course) and continues to this day. After showing great promise as a vibraphone player in his high school's jazz ensemble, he went on to play in a variety of rock 'n' roll bands; Jeffster is his current project. His influences include Herbie Hancock, Greg Rollie, Rick Wakeman, and John Cage.
Hollywood Bowl Jazz Fest (playing the parking lot)
6/12/2010 - CANCELLED
Inyo County Fair New Artist Showcase
6/18/2010 - CANCELLED
Ezra C.'s Bris
6/19/2010 - CANCELLED
Hillhaven Senior Center Shuffleboard Championship Celebration
6/20/2010 - CANCELLED
Ronette's Sweet 16
6/26/2010 - CANCELLED