MEET THE BAND
Bassist Gil Barron plays everything from Latin to classic rock to pop to smooth jazz to old school R & B – this guy has it covered. Completely self-taught, Gil has been playing guitar, bass, piano and singing for over 30 years. He first began learning the guitar after hearing the Beatles as a teenager. He then picked up a bass after hearing John Taylor of Duran Duran. A fortunate circumstance, no?
Keyboardist Max Schuldberg started his musical career as a drummer in high school. He still has embarrassing photos of that band wearing poorly applied make-up in an attempt to emulate their heroes – Duran Duran. After touring for 10 years with Universal Recording Artist – The Hunger, Max moved to L.A. in 2003.
Guitarist Daniel Coffeng originally hails from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, but now lives in Los Angeles. He was exposed to a lot of different music and cultures from all over the world. He’s an honors graduate from the Guitar Institute of Technology. Daniel is Rio’s newest member joining the band in the Summer of 2015.
Singer Jason “Jake” Jacobs hails from Youngstown, Ohio but it wasn’t until 1991 in Orlando, Florida that his vocal career began. Jake studied theatre at UCF and sang in a funk rock band called Shock Lizard. He left O-town in 1998 to head to Los Angeles, California to pursue acting. That lasted about 48 hours. Jake hooked up with former college buddy George Castells and formed Adora Vida, an original rock act that still performs to this day, earning him a Los Angeles male rock vocalist nomination in 2006.
Drummer Danny Alfaro teamed up with Rio during the Summer of 2010. He completes Rio’s sound locking in thunderous drums with powerful beats needed for a live, high-energy performance. A SoCal local, Danny has been in the music scene for over two decades and has toured worldwide with notable bands such as The Bullet Boys and Total Chaos.
RIO: THE ULTIMATE DURAN DURAN TRIBUTE BAND
Rio, the world’s premiere Duran Duran tribute band, is based in Southern California and composed of dynamic live performers who epitomize the look and sound of the quintessential mid-1980’s Duran Duran. Gil, Jake, Danny, Curt and Daniel deliver high-energy, note-for-note renditions of Duran Duran songs spanning the band’s catalogue from Planet Earth to Electric Barbarella. Rio has played top venues across North America and is currently the only high-profile, full-time working Duran Duran tribute band in the United States.
Rio is available for bookings and eager to help accommodate your entertainment needs. For corporate, private, festival, or concert-type event that requires incredible audio and visual entertainment contact email@example.com or call 818.512.0112.