HEAVY CREAM BAND BIOS
Dion Paci on lead vocals and bass as Jack Bruce, is a Berklee College of Music alum, a founding member of the award winning music series 'Mad Cow' with G. Calvin Weston, a member and producer in the progressive rock/jazz-fusion all-star group 'As Human' and a performing member of Michael Schrieve's(Santana) Spellbinder. Dion currently performs and periodically tours with Seattle based band Willow and the 'Chase the Magic Dog' project while still teaching master musician clinics throughout the country. Dion also hosts popular weekly jam sessions in the Philadelphia area and maintains an impressive and endless working list of highly notable musicians in the rock, hip-hop, R&B and jazz worlds such as: Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads) John Medeski and Billy Martin (MMW), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Ornnette Coleman, James Blood Ulmer), and more.
Steve Iannettoni on drums as Ginger Baker, is another super multi-instrumentalist talent who currently performs in not one, but two of Philadephia's most popular young bands - as a drummer, backing the classic rock jammer, CRISBIE, while also the bassist and a vocalist in the indie rock group, SONNDER. A 2011 choice award winner in the Berklee School of Music HS Jazz competition, Steve's star is on the rise and his red hair flare makes him a perfect fit for Ginger!
Billy 'THE KID' Thoden handles vocals and lead guitar as Eric Clapton. At only 16 years old, Billy Thoden has already enjoyed a storied professional music career. Discovered by Jimi Hendrix's bassist, Mr. Billy Cox at age 10, Billy was already a kid phenom blues guitarist, able to play the guitar behind his head or back flawlessly and in showman style ala Hendrix & SRV while leading bands and lead singing. At only 11 - 12 years old, he began a blues festival touring schedule that hasn't stopped. Fronting the "Billy the Kid" band, he continues playing top stages from Nashville's NAM to Nova Scotia's Guitar Fest! He's opened for major acts like Robert Randolph and Pat Travers, met and performed with greats like Eric Gales, Dickey Betts and Billy Cox and received personal tutelage from blues/rock legends like Elvin Bishop and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, who gave him the moniker "The Kid."
Sam Gutman on vocals and keyboards as Stevie Winwood. When the Heavy Cream band delves into the Blind Faith catalog, they invite another South Jersey/Philly specialist musician to fill in for some Heavy 'Traffic' in the set. Hailing from both the University of the Arts and Berklee College of Music, Sam Gutman has emerged as one of Philadelphia's elite keyboard/pianists. He is a member of the Philly's popular Nick Greeley and the Operators as well as vocalist and melodic force on the keys for the powerhouse acid-jazz-rock-funk fusion project, OUT OF THE BEARDSPACE. OOTB is gaining critical acclaim and loyal following as well as founding the popular musical & arts showcase event, BEARDFEST.