Rule one: We do not play by the rules. Rule 2: There is no rule 2. Rule 3: No one is allowed to frown at a GREG & BRIAN show - if so, you will be soundly spanked with your bottom on display for everyone.
Backstory: Met in 1996 when Greg was hungry and Brian was a waiter. Combined our dream playlists. Agreed. Started playing live shows with next to no rehearsal - and it worked.
Current story: Warning - may cause excessive laughing, dancing, and hangover the following morning! Greg and Brian have brought their insanity on tour with such acts as Tango Palace, Dokken, and Soil, and regularly tour England. A big hit with Universal Studios Florida and Walt Disney World, their shows sold out due to their strong following almost by word of mouth alone. Their upcoming debut singles and album are due for 2006. Previously, they led Tango Palace to successful indie CD sales and tours. Greg's classical background and Brian's jazz training jell in unique ways, giving their rockiesh popiesh sound a sonic twist and depth. Greg not only is a talented performer, but dances, tells jokes, and warms the halls through his use of eye contact and his laughing smile. The duo's high energy is absolutely contagious. Einstein's first law of energy states that "energy is neither created nor destroyed, but it may be converted from one form to another", and G&B understand that they cannot get more energy out of the crowd than what they put in. Brian's voice blends well with Greg, and his harmonies are smooth; together their vocals soar above their instrumentation. His drumming is passionate, energetic, and combined with his sharp sense of humor, really pulls the crowd into the show. He likes to punch through the invisible barrier that exists between the performers and audience as early in the show as possible. Aside from their originals, they can play practically anything, from the 50's to now. Greg has a rich, bluesy-tinged voice which gives them a universal appeal and highly original sound at the same time.
Greg Vadimsky - Keyboards, Vocals
Brian Arnold - Drums, Vocals
GO TO: www.spacecoastlive.com for Greg&Brian show dates.
Singles: Steps To Nowhere, Angels, Cold World, Right Here. EPs: Transcontinental Divide. LPs: Tango Palace, Eye of the Storm. The band has radio airplay in Florida and streaming tracks available. Greg recently won a CRYSTAL REEL award for Best Soundtrack for the film "SECRETS OF A MEDICINE MAN"!!
GREG & BRIAN Credits
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GREG & BRIAN have quite an impressive list of credits. A brief summary is listed below: SHERIFF JA...GREG & BRIAN have quite an impressive list of credits. A brief summary is listed below:
SHERIFF JACK PARKER FUNDRAISER
U.S. MILITARY BASE at
ANDROS ISLAND, BAHAMAS
G.M.A.C. Insurance Conventions
Tours of England - including
London, Liverpool, Manchester,
Birmingham and all points in
Shows throughout the USA appearing with such acts as Dokken, Soil, KC & The Sunshine Band, Donny Osmond, Big Sky, and many more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Greg Wins Best Soundtrack Award
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For Immediate Release – October 23, 2007 ----------------------------------------------------- ...
For Immediate Release – October 23, 2007
“Florida Composer Greg Vadimsky Wins Best Soundtrack Award”
Melbourne-based composer Greg Vadimsky, best known for forming the hit pop/rock group “Tango Palace”, has won the Crystal Reel award for Best Soundtrack, from the documentary “Secrets Of A Medicine Man”. Greg has been performing, writing, arranging, and recording music professionally in the USA and England since 1979.
Though he has toured internationally, he says that the recording studio is where he feels most at home. “The road is a wonderful place to grow as a musician, but if you’re not careful, it can destroy your relationships and empty out your soul!” He is reflecting back on his concerts with Spectre (the high-school band formed with his brothers Glen and Gary), Xciter, Leaky Caesar, Flipside, and most recently, Tango Palace, who did a mid-Western tour alongside the classic rock band Dokken.
Now his days are mostly occupied with composing and recording music for films and television. The documentary for which he won the award is heading toward the national networks now, and will air early in 2008. The soundtrack he produced features authentic native-American Indian instrumentation, and is very atmospheric and imaginative. He researched actual recordings by composers from native-American backgrounds, and says that this soundtrack really stretched his abilities. Not bad for a “Jersey boy turned Floridian”, to quote his description of himself.
The Crystal Reel awards are presented by the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association (FMPTA), and are judged by a prestigious board of professionals from all facts of the entertainment industry. “Secrets Of A Medicine Man” was produced by Nanette Fenton, who is also a past Crystal Reel award winner. This controversial film looks at Indian medicine man Billy “Rainwater” Barnes, who has assisted terminal patients in surviving against all medical odds with the use of natural preparations.
On the horizon for Greg are several films in 2008, a second album project with Tango Palace, studio productions for other artists, and a slew of live shows with his business partner (and drummer/vocalist) Brian Arnold as “Greg & Brian”. Together they formed Tango Palace Entertainment LLC in 2007.
For more information, contact: www.tangopalace.com .
Selections from the soundtrack “Secrets Of A Medicine Man” may be heard at: www.fentonproductionsllc.com/secretsofamedicineman.html .
Review of the Film
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Review: “SECRETS OF A MEDICINE MAN” (Premier: 9/15/07) Secrets of a Medicine Man is about the ...Review: “SECRETS OF A MEDICINE MAN” (Premier: 9/15/07)
Secrets of a Medicine Man is about the teachings and work of Billy "Rainwater" Barnes, a Native American who specializes in natural healing. In his lifetime, Rainwater has helped countless people with their medical conditions, all with knowledge that has been verbally passed down from his Indian ancestors for thousands of years. Rainwater heals primarily with a tea recipe that when prepared, may assist in treating a variety of ailments, such as diabetes, fertility, insomnia, and even cancer and HIV. At the very least, according to the testimonials within the film, it indefinitely did help the malady by at least 30% in most every case highlighted. Ultimately, the documentary presents the facts and lets the viewer decide.
Rainwater seems like a genuinely caring individual who prepares his remedies with minimal ingredients in just the right dosages, which are tailor-made for the individual. Much of the documentary focuses on the people whose lives he has changed over the course of his lifetime. The stories are astounding. There are accounts of former patients who have achieved cancer-free status with the use of this special tea. Even the producer herself, Nanette Fenton, dramatically reduced her cholesterol and triglyceride level (so much, it was amazing!) after drinking Rainwater's tea.
Rainwater's holistic concoctions are viewed by the filmmakers as an alternative to "traditional" medicine, which has thus far failed to cure a multitude of diseases, such as muscular dystrophy, AIDS, and cancer. The filmmakers speculated: why have there been no modern "cures" for diseases since the latter half of the 20th century to today?
An excellent, atmospheric soundtrack was composed and performed by Greg Vadimsky, from the popular Florida band known as “Tango Palace”. Horror fans will note that Secrets of a Medicine Man is hosted and narrated by J. LaRose, who appeared in “Saw III”. Co-narrator Marshall Payn (also Executive Producer), a warm, fatherly type, does a commendable job venturing to different parts of the country chronicling the ways Rainwater has aided those who put faith in his healing powers.
Secrets of a Medicine Man was somewhat of a family effort. Nanette teamed up with her daughter, Tammy Peralta, who served as cinematographer and editor. I thought she did an exceptionally good job, with professional graphics and attention to sound editing, which can often trip up less-experienced filmmakers and downgrade the project. On the "on-camera" side, Rainwater's wife Carol Barnes is spotlighted in several segments as one who was helped by his herbal tea to treat a chest tumor. After the credits rolled, the audience erupted in heartfelt applause. A very special moment happened, however, when the subject of the documentary, Billy "Rainwater" Barnes, was introduced, and the crowd gave him a standing O. He answered a multitude of health-related questions. Many of the moviegoers had or knew someone with a serious medical condition, and sought sage advice on how to handle the situation. This is an excellent film that provided a truly heartwarming night of entertainment.
Late Breaking News: The Florida Motion Picture and Television Association has announced that Secrets of a Medicine Man has won 7 Crystal Reel awards in the following categories: Best Music, Best Script, Best Narration/Host, Best Documentary, Best Producer, Best Associate Producer/Actor, and Best Editing.
For more information, contact: www.fentonproductionsllc.com or www.tangopalace.com
Greg & Brian Announce Blitz
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Greg Vadimsky and Brian Arnold are blitzing stages and all types of media with their new music and ...Greg Vadimsky and Brian Arnold are blitzing stages and all types of media with their new music and hot stage act. As the duo GREG & BRIAN, these two extremely silly people have been on the vanguard of the Florida (and English!!) music scenes since 1997. Greg's keyboards and Brian's drums have enlightened not only their own records but releases by Tango Palace, and soundtracks for films such as Motive.
Greg, a classical piano champ, and Brian, a jazz-trained chump, joined forces nearly 10 years ago and promptly rose to the top of the heap/pile/pond of the Melbourne music scene, and then beyond. They have performed and toured with the likes of Dokken, Soil, KC & The Sunshine Band - all artists that do not in any way match with each other; yet somehow, G&B have managed to blend in and (in some cases) steal the show from their competition.
This act has to be seen to be believed - Greg's manic, convulsive facial and body contortions, and Brian's propulsive explosive rhythms bring their performances up to fever pitch. The audience around me seemed in a perpetual state of hysterics and near-collapse at their antics.
Above all, they feature top-notch vocals and musicianship - never forgetting that live music is centered on ENTERTAINMENT. So many acts nowadays seem to have forgotten that fact. Visit G&B online at their production company (www.tangopalace.com) website to find out more. Some big announcements for their upcoming single are in store shortly, as well as high-profile appearances with various famous acts.
-- Eva Skolidny, Music&Arts
Soundbyte: TANGO PALACE
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Do you remember the feeling of getting so interested in something that you sat and talked about it f...Do you remember the feeling of getting so interested in something that you sat and talked about it for hours on end? In the course of that conversation you got a "high"... a connection with an elusive idea or truth? That's the feeling and the energy this album evokes. It makes me alternately want to get up and dance, and go back to college and find that excitement again.
It is interesting that the songs cover such a wide variety of moods and feelings, yet still feel cohesive. Almost stream-of-consciousness in the way they progress. It is an album that will awaken something new and revive the part of you that was asleep.
I think as soon as I bring it home I'm going to lose it - the "boys" (as my 5 year old daughter calls the men who are building my house) are always raiding my CD collection - and this one is just the type they like: thinking... rocking... lyrical.
Tango Palace (album review)
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(self-titled 10 song CD) Relco Records, Recorded at L.N.G., Merritt Island, FL by Chris Long A...(self-titled 10 song CD) Relco Records, Recorded at L.N.G., Merritt Island, FL
by Chris Long
An A&R rep from a major label once told me that she didn't care about press kits, or how many awards my band had won, how big out following was, or how much press we had generated. All that mattered was whether or not we had "great" songs. The bad news for me was that she thought my band's songs "sucked"! The good news for Tango Palace is that their songs are truly "great".
After hitting the scene in 1996 the band worked hard on their "great" songs and released this record in 1999. I know this analogy will go over the heads of the current "Pepsi Generation" whose knowledge of popular music goes no further than the last Linkin Park record, but Tango Palace's music is a wonderful combination of Split Enz and Crowded House mixed with a healthy portion of Beatles influence.
"It's Time", "For You", "Something In Your Smile", and "Barnacle" were personal favorite tracks of mine, however nearly each of the tunes on the record are real gems. They not only write and arrange well, but they're also monster players. The band features Greg Vadimsky on keyboards, Brian Arnold on drums, Garrett Vadimsky on guitars, and Brian "Low-B" Mackie on bass. All of the members offer strong vocal harmonies.
In a time when fewer and fewer people seem to care about white guys with electric guitars that actually write real songs and really sing, I found this record to be a real treat and it is one of the few "indie" records that will find a permanent spot on the coveted "top shelf" of my CD collection, right in there with Cheap Trick and Everclear.
The group will begin work on a 4-song EP shortly at Transcontinental Studios in Orlando, and I eagerly look forward to this disk. They've also recently secured corporate sponsors, so the future for these guys seems to be quite promising. The first thing that struck me about them when they first came out was that they had a really cool name, and it should be exploited more fully by their management. I also think I should write the liner notes on their next CD!! Their website is: www.tangopalace.com
Will TANGO PALACE Be The One?
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-by Sophia Tosco Melbourne - Tango Palace, composed of brothers Greg & Garrett Vadimsky and drumm...-by Sophia Tosco
Melbourne - Tango Palace, composed of brothers Greg & Garrett Vadimsky and drummer Brian Arnold, could be the breath of fresh air that this area's music scene needs to put it on the map. Their alternative rock sound is right in step with the best groups on the charts today, and with Florida becoming a hotbed of entertainment, why not our own home-grown band?
How does it feel to be the leader of the pack? "Well, let's just say right here and now that hard work will always pay off in the end," says drummer and p.r. man Brian. "We're also lucky that right now most of the major US labels are looking towards Florida due to some really talented groups."
He's referring to bands such as Matchbox 20, Seven Mary Three, and Sister Hazel, all with huge selling releases that have taken each of them to global fame. It wasn't all that long ago that a similar city-on-the-water experienced a free-for-all of talent-spotting. Liverpool in the early 60's became a musical empire nearly overnight, chiefly due to one unforgettable group.
"Hey now, p-l-e-a-s-e- don't compare us to THEM," instructs lead guitarist Garrett, the younger of the brothers featured in Tango Palace. "That's something we'd like to earn on our own and not have to live up to...couldn't we be compared to someone a little less intimidating?"
He's very correct. A young band like this one should be able to stand on its own merits, especially when under the microscope-close scrutiny the big labels are affording them. Producer John Etchells (of, funnily enough, ex-Beatle George Harrison's production team) is busy garnering Tango Palace major label attention in London. He has even attached his own name to their project as producer should a recording contract commence.
Bandleader Greg Vadimsky is skeptical of "too much too soon" - always. He's seen early success and doesn't like the idea of anything gained that hasn't been earned. His early group, Spectre, was signed to an international deal that eventually went bad when the US-branch of their label folded just prior to releasing the debut album.
"There's nothing more difficult at eighteen years of age to have the brass ring taken away. It can do wonders for an expanding ego!" The others laugh about the ups and downs of this industry and all agree that to become the best, a band must focus on each goal and keep going till it's attained.
So, how will Tango Palace grab the attention of the talent (A&R) people? The game plan, according to manager Robert John, is to keep them in the faces of the record reps by consistently showcasing the band at all the industry tradeshows and conventions. One such upcoming event is the Crossroads Music Expo in Memphis, taking place near the end of April. "We're working round the clock to make sure everyone knows about the band...in fact, some of our contacts have said they think we've got Rupert Murdoch in our back pocket." He's referring to the bang-up job that his company, GoodKnight Productions, is doing handling the band's promotional efforts.
All we can say now is, good luck Tango Palace - we're all pulling for you here in Brevard County - we hope you go all the way!
A typical set list might include tracks by the Beatles, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Joe Jackson, Elton John, Elvis Costello, the Goo Goo Dolls, Bruce Springsteen, the Police, and Queen. Sets are usually 45 minutes or longer in duration. Repertoire includes rock, pop, disco, country, blues, TV themes, movie themes, you name it.
Here is a more complete, and more incoherent, list:
The Lumberjack Song - Monty Python...
The Philosopher's Song - Monty Python...
You and Me - Alice Cooper
I Never Cry - Alice Cooper
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Hotel California - The Eagles
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Riders On The Storm - The Doors
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
Let It Be - The Beatles
The Joker - Steve Miller Band
American Pie - Don McLean
A Day In The Life - The Beatles
Do It Again - Steely Dan
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Take It Easy - The Eagles
Rocket Man - Elton John
Bennie And The Jets - Elton John
Fire - Bruce Springsteen / Pointer Sisters
Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Let My Love Open The Door - Pete Townshend
Breakfast In America - Supertramp
Come Together - The Beatles
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Rocky Raccoon - The Beatles
Walk This Way - Aerosmith
In My Life - The Beatles
Reeling In The Years - Steely Dan
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
Penny Lane - The Beatles
Norwegian Wood - The Beatles
Moondance - Van Morrison
Light My Fire - The Doors
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
Bad Moon Rising - CCR
People Are Strange - The Doors
Breathe/Time - Pink Floyd
Love Her Madly - The Doors
Get Back - The Beatles
A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones
Break On Through - The Doors
I'm Eighteen - Alice Cooper
Abbey Road Medley - The Beatles
Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding - Elton John
Imagine - John Lennon
Say You Love Me - Fleetwood Mac
Candle In The Wind - Elton John
I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick
Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen
Hard To Handle - The Black Crowes
Rock And Roll All Nite - KISS
Back In The USSR - The Beatles
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
Harmony - Elton John
Lady Madonna - The Beatles
Message In A Bottle - The Police
Hungry Heart - Bruce Springsteen
Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters - Elton John
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - The Beatles/Elton John
Honky Cat - Elton John
Bad Case Of Lovin' You - Robert Palmer
Oh Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison/Van Halen
The Ballad of John and Yoko - The Beatles
Something - The Beatles
Misunderstanding - Genesis
Band On The Run - Paul McCartney
Two Tickets To Paradise - Eddie Money
D'yer Maker - Led Zeppelin
Authority Song - John Cougar Mellencamp
Jet - Paul McCartney
Proud Mary - CCR
Old Time Rock 'n' Roll - Bob Seger
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry/The Beatles
Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting - Elton John
I Should Have Known Better - The Beatles
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Oh Darling - The Beatles
A Horse With No Name - America
Don't Let Me Down - The Beatles
No More Mr Nice Guy - Alice Cooper
Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles
We Can Work It Out - The Beatles
Yesterday - The Beatles
Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
Beth - KISS
Nowhere Man - The Beatles
Wild Night - Van Morrison
Piano Man - Billy Joel
You May Be Right - Billy Joel
Only The Good Die Young - Billy Joel
Stray Cat Strut - The Stray Cats
Rock This Town - The Stray Cats
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
Movin' Out - Billy Joel
Just The Way It Is, Baby - The Rembrandts
Tea In The Sahara - The Police
Is She Really Going Out With Him? - Joe Jackson
Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
Gilligan's Island Theme
Green Acres Theme
Halloween/Exorcist/Charlie Brown Medley
Meet Virginia - Train
Train In Vain (Stand By Me) - The Clash
All For You - Sister Hazel
There are no upcoming dates at this time.