The idea behind the formation of 808 was to perform original arrangements of popular songs in a reggae and ska style alongside resurrected originals from Chris Leitch (vocals, keyboards, trombone) & David Triano (guitar), the two principal songwriters from nineties rock mainstays Fighting Gravity. The band is filled out by Richmond jazz mainstay John Winn (vocals, saxophone, flute and just about any other instrument he can get his hands on) and the rock-steady rhythm section of Greg Hill (bass, vocals) and Keith Cable (drums, percussion). John and Chris front the band with powerful harmonies and "super-hero" horn lines while Dave, Greg, and Keith key the reggae feel of the band's music.
Members of the band have previously been a part of regionally successful bands such as Fighting Gravity, Groove Spot, Headstone Circus and Junkfood Buddha. The band's name -- 808 -- is a tribute to Bob Marley. Triano says that "in the middle of trying to name the band at rehearsal one night, we noticed the time on an old block-style digital clock: 8:08 or 'BOB,' and immediately knew that we had a name."
808's music is a perfect fit for outdoor concert series, wine festivals, private parties and any event where you want people to dance.
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