THE MARTINI SHOT is a six-piece, horn-powered, Pop-Rock cover and original band based out of Southern Colorado. The Martini Shot has released four original projects with major influences of Barenaked Ladies, Reel Big Fish, Foo Fighters, 311, and many others. The band's covers are high energy pop tunes in which they add horns to give it the "Martini Shot flavor". Recognized as Southern Colorado's Hottest Band, The Martini Shot are staples at local festivals and event series. Some of the band's awards include the 2018 Best of Pueblo (Pueblo Chieftain), the 2015 Best of the Springs (Colorado Springs Gazette), and the 2013 Best Cover Band (Indy Music Awards - Colorado Springs Independent). The Martini Shot has had the privilege to open for Eddie Money, Blue Öyster Cult, Foghat, Firefall, Pure Prairie League and Great White. The band was established in 2000 with a majority of the members consisting of current or former local music teachers. The name, "Martini Shot," refers to the Hollywood slang term for the last shoot of the day.
LEAD VOCALS | GUITAR
Andy (AC) is a Pueblo native, performing since the age of 13. He has studied guitar under Paul Parker, Tom Munch, and John Gerlock. Andy has performed throughout Colorado for various festivals, fairs, and concerts. Andy is a graduate of Adams State College with a degree in Music Education and has also acquired a masters degree in Educational Leadership. He is the Principal at Pueblo East High School. Andy has been known to draw even the most unwilling crowd to dance and sing along during a Martini Shot show.
Andy's Corner - Paul Reed Smith custom 24 (Blue with bird inlays), Paul Reed Smith McCarty (Tortoise with crescent inlays), Mesa/Boogie Express (Blue with Grey), Marshall MF 280 4x12 Cabinet, Shure Beta SM58, an occasional cheap saxophone, One pair of sexy buns!
BASS | VOCALS
Like all good super heroes, Brook was found naked flying on an asteroid through space in the F clef nebula. Armed with sub-harmonic powers, The Martini Shot knew he would be a fine addition to their arsenal. When he is not holding down a smooth groove to make your body move, he can be found working his alter-ego job as a high school music teacher.
Brook's Corner - Genz Benz 4x10 and 2x12 bass cabinets, Genz Benz 600 watt head, Boss ME50B effects pedal, Akai Deep Impact pedal, Sans Amp Bass D.I., Modulus Jazz Bass, Thunderbirds bobble heads, ray gun, Digital camera.
SAX | KEYBOARDS |VOCALS
Rob started playing sax and keys for the shot in '03. He is a graduate of Northern Colorado and currently teaches instrumental music at Freed Middle School in Pueblo, CO, his hometown. His favorite horn players are Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, Kenny Garrett, Stan Getz, John Coltrane and Rob's Grandpa, John Carrillo. Rob began jammin' with many fine local musicians while in high school and went on to play in local favorites, Midnight Taxi, Big Cat Band, and Sam Man & the Apes.
DRUMS | VOCALS
Greg is a Pueblo native and has played drums since the age of 9. His influences range from Neil Peart to Steve Gadd. Throughout the years, Greg has played and recorded with various bands such as Southern Comfort, The Big Cat Band and Emilio Emilio. Greg also enjoys writing and performing his own music. He dedicates much of his time to his solo project (Sicosis) which he has released his debut CD performing drums, guitar, bass and vocals. Joining Martini Shot, Greg feels he has found his niche with the unique style of music the band has to offer.
Greg's Corner - Ludwig Drums, Zildjian/Sabian/Paste Cymbals, Vic Firth drum sticks, Evans and Remo drum heads, Tama's Iron Cobra Double bass pedals, DW 5000 Double bass pedals, Gibraltar hard ware and thrones.
Stephen’s Corner - Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone - Yamaha Custom ZII Tenor Saxophone- Yanagisawa A991 Alto Saxophone - Accent Soprano Saxophone - SR Technologies and Jody Jazz Mouthpieces - Rico Jazz Select 3 Medium Filed Reeds - AMT Wi5ii Wireless Microphone and Receiver - Taylor 814ce Electric Acoustic Guitar - Carvin CS6m Electric Guitar - Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II - Mesa Boogie Traditional 4x12 Cabinet.