The influence of Chuck Berry’s music is incalculable. From rock to hip-hop, country to jazz, Berry’s music provided the foundation for popular music as we know it. From formative hits like “Johnny B. Goode” and “You Never Can Tell,” Berry’s music completely altered the musical landscape. Join some of DC’s finest musicians to celebrate the music which gave life to virtually all that came afterward.
Meet the band: Kenny Pirog (vocals, guitar): Pirog spearheads area rock ’n’ roll group Wanted Man, introducing elements of blues, surf rock, and rockabilly to the Washington, DC, music scene.
Anthony Pirog (lead guitar): Pirog is making his mark on the guitar-playing universe, one sonically enthralling, diversely influenced project at a time. Pirog challenges our preconceived notions about genre and guitar sound with aplomb.
DARYL DAVIS earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from Howard University in Washington, DC where he was a member of their world famous and renowned Jazz Vocal Ensemble. In addition to being a vocalist, guitarist, and composer, DARYL is a keyboardist extraordinaire. Upon graduation, DARYL went on to work with such artists as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Platters, The Drifters, The Coasters, Bo Diddley, Percy Sledge, and Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), to name a few.
Elijah Jamal Balbed (saxophone): An alumnus of Howard University’s legendary jazz program, saxophonist, composer, educator, and activist Balbed has been named Artist of the Year (2016), Best Tenor Saxophonist (2013), and Best New Jazz Musician (2010) by the Washington City Paper.
John Previti (bass): During the early ’60s, Previti grew up immersed in the region’s bubbling cauldron of musical styles: swing, country, jazz, R&B, soul, and rockabilly, leading to an 18-year stint playing with guitar legend Danny Gatton.
Larry Ferguson (drums): Ferguson is known for his incredible timing and technique behind the drum set. Able to provide a keen sense of rhythm to any variety of musical genre playing, from orchestral to jazz and rock, Ferguson is a first-call drummer.