Guitar virtuoso John Wedemeyer hails from Los Gatos, California and has made a big splash on the Las Vegas scene since arriving several years ago. He's currently the guitarist for the legendary Righteous Brothers and also holds down the guitar chair for Zeppelin USA. John has also backed headliners such as Clint Holmes, Susan Anton and Lucie Arnaz. John owns 3 Smith guitars: The Supernatural, Frontier and Riviera.
The late Jeff Ray arrived in Las Vegas in 2004 as a member of Jazmyn, a talented New York City-based show group. Thereafter he made Las Vegas his home. Jeff contributed his versatile guitar skills to many shows such as Boyz II Men, Lion King and Jersey Boys. Jeff further expanded his musical experiences by gigging in the jazz clubs of Harlem and formally studying jazz at Rutgers University. His peers regarded him as a "musician's musician." Be sure to check out Jazmyn's Jeff Ray Tribute.
Veteran guitarist Bruce Rickerd has been touring, recording and performing professionally since the early '70s and has never lost his passion for music. Bruce performs nearly 500 shows a year with Mystère and still finds time to play with other musicians in the Las Vegas area. Bruce has been the only artist who has performed every single performance of Cirque du Soleil Mystère since its debut in December of 1993. This achievement earned him a Guinness World Record for "Most Theatrical Performances by a Musician (Male)".
Pro guitarist Mark Hall Speights has performed professionally in Reno, Las Vegas, and Orlando, Florida. He's performed with Little Anthony and the Imperials, Chuck Berry, Chuck Mangione, Charo and many others. Mark has also played with the Australian Bee Gees and Motown-inspired acts Spectrum & Radiance. Mark is currently involved with another Bee Gees tribute band, Bee Gees Gold. He owns two Smith guitars – a custom made Riviera and a Stardust.
Multi-instrumentalist Chris Kennison has performed professionally for 40 years in Colorado, Arizona and Hawaii. He displays his talents with performances on pedal steel guitar, acoustic and electric guitars, dobro, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele and Hawaiian lap steel. Chris has performed on radio and TV and has worked with the Fort Collins Symphony, Doug Kershaw, Dan Seals and The Rhythm Cats at the Silver Star Dinner Theatre in Mesa, Arizona. He is also an active member of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association.
Top-rated guitarist Matt Baldoni is a classically-trained musician who has toured with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Melissa Manchester and Jeffrey Osborne and performed on Broadway and with Cirque Du Soleil. Today Matt is a first-call guitarist on the Las Vegas scene with mastery of many styles including jazz. Matt has also taught at Musicians Institute. Matt has spent the past several years dazzling audiences with the Australian Bee Gees Show at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Guitarist/vocalist John Acosta hails from Canada and is now based in Las Vegas. He's portrayed Barry Gibb in Bee Gees Tributes all over the world. John Acosta's Bee Gees Gold tribute provides the ultimate salute and gives audiences the experience of seeing the Bee Gees live at the height of their powers. John is also a prolific and versatile songwriter in Pop, R&B, Funk, & Latin genres. He and the Bee Gees Gold show never fail to impress whenever they perform.
Fretboard wizard Ray Mouton hails from New Orleans, Louisiana and epitomizes the stellar caliber of musical talent one often associates with the "Big Easy". Ray has played for The Lion King, Duck Dynasty, Billy Cobham and many other top ventures. He's highly regarded by his fellow musicians for his stylistic versatility, exquisite taste, and incredible jazz chops.
Late great guitarist Tom Marth kindled his musical career by reigning as banjo champ back in his home state of Wisconsin. After his move to Las Vegas in the 1970s he worked thousands of gigs in that era's thriving lounge and pit band scene. Tom backed Jack Jones, Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, Sammy Davis, Jr. and many other headliners. He studied orchestration and moonlighted as an in-demand arranger. More recently Tom became the guitarist and bassist for The Scintas. Neil Smith Guitars built him a special Landmark model.
Steve Crenshaw Hidalgo was born in Burlingame, California. At the age of 5 he started playing guitar, something he quickly developed a passion for. When he was 13 Steve discovered the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan and continued his adolescence by immersing himself in everything blues-related. In 1991 he left the Bay Area to pursue a music career in Denver, Colorado. He continues to perform blues and rock gigs in Colorado where he wields his explosive blues and rock chops.