The roots of Light the Band's music come from a series of jam sessions between drummer Logan Tyler & guitarist Dan Guzman in the fall of 2011. Intense, loud, powerful, frantic. The duo would loop samples while Logan played drums and Dan solo'd. The duo quickly sought out Santa Cruz bass legend James Tashnick, and the first version of Light the Band was formed. Their first show was played December 5th, 2013, at the Crepe Place. In early 2014, Logan & Dan both joined legendary Santa Cruz funk band 7 Come 11, and together with Light the Band, perfected their art of high-energy jamming. Logan & Dan quit 7 Come 11 in Spring of 2015, and Light the Band has become the main artistic output for the two. Saxophone player Christopher "Boa" Noonan began to also jam with the band. He remains a close friend and active member of Light. There was some guy who played rhythm guitar for the band for a bit but we forgot his name. We're not sure where he went. Probably dead or having sex with reptiles. The band toured and recorded as a 4 piece until June of 2016, when Santa Cruz keyboard legend Pat Blizinski joined the boys for a show at Bocci's Cellar. He solidified his place after crushing shows at Boom Boom Room and Slim's SF in July & August. It's this incredibly potent, gumbo type mix of Dan's blistering, out of this world solos, James' commanding bass lines and earth shaking grooves, Pat's heavenly Hammond blazing through the mix and Logan's bomb-like pounding of the drums that give Light the Band their sound. Their music is powerful and dynamic, funky and real, psychedelic in the old-school way, and filled with love.
Light the Band in LtB Studios, Santa Cruz, CA
Drums, Percussion, Singer/Songwriter, Producer, Engineer, Composer, Booking
Guitar, Singer/Songwriter, Producer, Engineer, Composer, Executive Producer of Light the Band
Bass, Singer/Songwriter, Voice of Reason, Composer, Arranger