Susie Pepper (Vocals)
Susie has been performing professionally for the past 15 years. Beginning in church choirs and community theater, Susie continued her musical experience as lead singer for the Point Sebago Resort house band, To The Point. In 2009, Susie won the title of Miss Maine and traveled to Las Vegas, NV to compete in the Miss America Scholarship Pageant. Both pageants awarded her Vocal Talent awards. She has enjoyed working with many local artists and considers her time spent performing with the Portland Symphony Orchestra a highlight in her musical career. Susie currently sings full time in her own function cover band, Mixology and resides in Portland, Maine with her husband, Charlie and children Jack, Elena, and newborn Lily.
John Martinez (Vocals)
Vocalist John A. Martinez, known to his friends and fans as Johnny Jam, started singing in bands in 1983 in Boston MA. His band Kid Crash enjoyed moderate success there until it's break up in 1989. He joined the band Riot Act that same year, and they've been a fixture on the rock scene in Southern ME for 25 years. He also owns and operates the nightclub Mr. Goodbar on Old Orchard Beach, where he plays regularly as the house band.
Gary Backstrom (Guitar)
Gary has been playing for the last 20 years touring the country and in New England with his Award winning jam band JIGGLE THE HANDLE and as the GARY BACKSTROM BAND. He has opened for such acts as LITTLE FEAT, SPIN DOCTORS, RAT DOG, THE SAMPLES, SOUTH SIDE JOHNY, THE ALLMAN BROS, WARREN HAYNES, BLUES TRAVELER, and has shared the stage with DERICK TRUCKS, AOD, and recently members of TODD RUNDGREN'S Band. Check out more detials at www.garybackstrom.com
Steve Hodgkin (Drums)
Steve grew up in Ellsworth Maine and currently resides in Freeport with his wife, Tawni and three young children Brielle, Gali and Bowden. During the nineties Steve had an active schedule as a working drummer in a variety of rock bands before making a switch to singer/songwriter in 2000 when he fronted Portland based original rock band “The Reedlings”. Steve returned to the drums in 2004 to perform and record with Joe Boucher in “Frotus Caper” and has been working with Joe ever since.
Chris Eastburn (Bass Guitar, Orchestrations)
Chris is an arranger, orchestrator and award-winning composer. His music has been performed to acclaim from New York's Carnegie Hall to the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Recent commissions include a ballet score for Island Moving Co. called Newport Stories, a string orchestra and chorus score for the theatre production Moses Brown and the Voyage of the Slave Ship Sally and a score for Caitlin Corbett Dance Co. called Tom's Wealth.
Chris's string quartet/vocal quartet score Consent to Gravity choreographed by Daniel McCusker was hailed as "one of the most successful new musical works for dance I've heard in ages" by Debra Cash, dance critic for NPR's Here and Now. His arrangement and orchestration of "Jazzy Old St. Nick, a hip swing version of a Christmas favorite" is now available from the Hal Leonard choral music catalog. As a choral director and song leader Chris enjoys working with people of all ages and walks of life.
For more about Chris, including contact information and details about his compositions and additional directing, see his website at eastburnmusic.com.
Joe Boucher (Piano, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals)
Joe grew up in the quaint seaside village of Biddeford Maine on the New England coast. He is a singer and songwriter who, for eight years, fronted the power pop band Frotus Caper. They recorded and released four critically acclaimed albums while performing constantly. Throughout that time he worked regularly as a studio session musician, playing piano and arranging pop, rock and folk songs for many artists.
For 13 seasons Joe has acted as the Concert Manager for The Portland Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that he spent seven years touring internationally as stage manager before meeting his future bride Barbara.
Joe and Barbara live in Portland, Maine with their ten year old son Henry, their four year old twins, George and Jane and a beagle named Bogey. Most summer nights they can be found sitting on the back porch listening to the Red Sox.
In August 2014, Joe released a CD of his own songs “Retrospectacle on Cornmeal Records. www.CornmealRecords.com