Band Bio

Brad Gilbertson

Lead Vocals, Percussion

Brad is an accomplished high-wire artist with expertise in extraterrestrial research,  parapsychology, and cruciferous vegetable origami. Prior to coming to Brand X, he played didgeridoo with the London Philharmonic.  Not actually in the same room with them, of course, just at the same time. What were you thinking?

Brad brings an inspiring humanist philosophy to his lead vocals: It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it. Listening to his dynamic performance from the dance floor , it’s as if you’re actually there.

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Geoff Alman

Bass, Vocals

Geoff started playing in garage, funk, punk and rockabilly bands in 1981. Touring and recording from Boston to San Francisco and all of continental Europe in the 80’s & 90’s didn’t bring fame and fortune, but it did make for some great stories to tell around the campfire. After settling in Concord in 2008 he met mentor and DVC music instructor Steve Sage who plugged him into the East Bay music scene.

As bass player for Brand X Band since the beginning, he’s been Poppin’ ’n Slapping’, Rockin’ ’n Rollin’ and holding down the GROOVE!

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Steve Israel

Drums

Steve has been playing in bar bands since before musical instruments were invented. His first band started so long ago, the band members could only pound on rocks with dried bones. They were managed by Keith Richards, who took the job in order to have something to do in his old age.

After all that experience, it’s no wonder that every Brand X audience comments that the band has one of the best drummers they’ve ever heard.

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Tim Shea

Keyboard, Vocals

Tim Shea came to Brand X after a tragic artillery accident deprived him of his hair and his sense of rhythm, ending a brilliant career as an internationally renowned human cannonball. Brand X therapy has done wonders for him, however, and his smokin’ hot keyboard riffs will keep you on the dance floor for hours.

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Richard Silletto

Guitar

Richard got his start – this is real, no foolin’ – selling T-shirts at Winterland in the 70’s, for Bill Graham, the famous impressario. He has played guitar with more big names than you can shake a stick at.

Almost all of them got restraining orders, because they were pretty pissed off at Richard for shaking his stick at them. But he’s better now. Honest.

Listen to him kill it with string-melting leads on Smooth and Pride and Joy.

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Kerri Teyler

Lead Vocals

Kerri has been singing and entertaining on stage since the tender age of 5. She spent her entire childhood on stage performing in musicals, plays, and singing with touring choirs. Not one to shy away from the opportunity to be the center of attention, Kerri has spent the past 18 years as a DJ/MC for special events and weddings. She’s spent a great deal of time developing her numerous vocal impressions, and has won karaoke contests across the state because of this her special talent.

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OUR SOUND MAN

Bruce Johnson

Sound Services

Bruce is the man, in charge of sound. There’s nothing more to be said about a sound man of his caliber. He’s the reason you get that brilliant clarity of sound when Brand X fires up its harpsichord and dulcimer version of Hard to Handle, or our all-accordion-all-tamborine polka rendition of Addicted to Love.