Peter Rivera

There’s no mistaking Peter Rivera. He is the Original Lead Singer/Drummer of the Motown group Rare Earth, 69-75. His voice is perhaps one of the most recognizable, soulful, powerful voices in R&B Rock History.  Peter sang among others, GET READY, LOSIN YOU, HEY BIG BROTHER, BORN TO WANDER, AND I JUST WANT TO CELEBRATE!!!

Growing up in Detroit with Motown’s musical influences, he fashioned his vocal niche with a precision that is so finely tuned that even today fans over the world are stunned with his performances. Three of his 5 top 10 singles have been recently used in National Ad Campaigns ie: AT&T, Gatoraid,  Ford, 2008 NBA Playoffs,  08 Summer Olympics among others. Millions of People over the world would recognize his voice without even knowing it. These same hit songs have been used in Major Motion Pictures and movie trailers ie: Knight’s Tale, Tropic Thunder, 3 Kings, etc. Peter has been performing concerts for over 40 years. His energy is tireless. His performances are polished. When Peter Rivera sings and plays it is truly a musical experience you won’t forget.

 Danny McCollim, A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts. In his senior year he was a member of the prestigious “Berklee Recording Band” under the direction of Herb Pomeroy. Dan also received the “Hank Jones Award” that year. An accomplished pianist, composer and arranger, he has performed with the Spokane Symphony under Gunthar Schular, the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, the Violin Jazz summits I, II and III under Gunthar Schular and such artists as saxophonists Michael Brecker, Richie Cole, Frank Foster, Bud Shank, Lew Tabakin and Ernie Watts; trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Jack Sheldon; trombonist Conrad Herwig; guitarists Howard Roberts and Larry Coryell; vocalists Ethel Ennis, Ann Marie Moss and Robert Vaughn; drummers Dave Weckl, Steve Smith; the Mills Brothers, the Platters, the Drifters, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, The Diamonds, The Four Aces, and numerous local groups in the Spokane area, like blues bands Charlie Butts and the Filter Tips and Mumbo Jumbo.

Danny is currently on the faculty at SFCC teaching courses in Jazz studies and Music Production in the popular Audio Engineering program.

Currently Performing with Motown blues/rock recording artist Peter Rivera, original lead singer/drummer with “Rare Earth”

Currently a contributing composer with the multi-award winning Bing Bang Boom Music Production Company. Specializing in integrated music and sound design for film, television, advertising, video games and the Internet.

Guitarist Joe Brasch is an award winning teacher, composer, producer, performer, mixer and engineer who lives and breathes music in his hometown, Spokane Washington.

As an instructor, Joe helped create the Commercial Music/Jazz Studies Program at Spokane Falls Community College. That program produced some of the areas’ finest musicians including Myles Kennedy (currently on tour with Slash) and Roy Jackson, owner and founder of “Learn to Burn.” The Civic Theatre hired Joe to prepare Brian Gunn for the starring role in their production of “The Buddy Holly Story.” This production shattered all previous box office records at the Civic.

As a studio musician, he has written and recorded music for all the major networks, including 2 show opens for National Geographic and an acoustic package for Oprah Winfrey. His compositions have netted him an Emmy, a Promax award and placement in the Dreamworks production “She’s the Man” starring Amanda Bynes.

As a performer, Joe is enjoying long partnerships with Peter Rivera (former lead vocalist and drummer for the hit Motown recording group, “Rare Earth,”) and “The Trailer Park Girls” with Doug Clark, the award winning columnist from the Spokesman Review. .

In the studio, Joe has just finished co-producing and mixing some new tunes with Peter Rivera, co-mixed the new cd from local bluegrass legends, “Big Red Barn,” and produced, engineered and mixed the new cd for local artist Ed Sinclair.

 

“I’ve been very blessed to enjoy such a long and prosperous career, and it’s far from over.” says Joe.