Big Money Gators
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Big Money Gators

Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011

Austin, Texas, United States
Established on Jan, 2011
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Big Money Gators @ Gypsy Lounge

Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States

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Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States

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"Big Money Gators, A Throwback"

Big Money Gators is an eclectic and exceptional six-piece band out of Austin, TX that blends the best of Rock, Funk, Soul, R&B, and Hip Hop and delivers an awe-inspiring sound that defies anything fans will hear on the current local music scene. As diverse as their music, these musicians are masters of their craft creating a feel that is a throwback to the days when real-down-to-your-toes soul ruled the charts.

Influenced by artists as varied as Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Paramore, No Doubt, and Led Zeppelin, Big Money Gators are jaw-dropping live. Lead singer Jake Lloyd has a soulful, expressive, larger-than-life vocal range that brings audiences to their feet and the band’s musicianship has earned them accolades such as BMG Artist of the Year 2012 and Artist of the Month in March of 2012 in PopVulture Magazine.

Most recently, they played SXSW 2015 and are packing houses at Austin’s hottest clubs including Dozen Street and Sweetwater. This is real soul, not some knockoff, combined with songs that are exquisitely written and passionately performed. The Big Money Gators have shared the stage with such esteemed acts as The Peterson Brothers and Sucka Please. They are currently #4 on The Deli Magazine’s List of Top 300 Austin Funk artists.

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Big Money Gators makes music that’s carefully crafted but never contrived. Put five musicians together who have very different backgrounds and you can expect to get something that sounds eclectic. But only with an exceptional combination of skill and chemistry will you get music that also sounds as coherent, unique and powerful as Big Money Gators’ growing collection of songs.


Vocalist Jake Lloyd seems never at a loss to bring a new facet of his powerful and charismatic personality to each tune. Listen carefully – sly humor, social commentary and full-tilt party themes can play over one another in rapid succession or surprise when you least expect it. What makes Lloyd stand apart most, however, is in the delivery. With easy mastery of so many vocal styles – whether singing rap, hip hop and silky soul or powering over chunky rock riffs – he stands out among a crowded field of talented young artists.

To guitarist James Epp goes credit for the vision to wrangle all of the diverse influences of his bandmates into a cohesive package – one with an identity that manages to be as likable as it is inscrutable. His solid style drives the Gators’ sound, focusing on many diverse rhythmic elements and just the right amount of pyrotechnic lead work. Epp’s sound comes from time spent in the jam band scene, flavored with swampy blues and atmospheric jazz licks.

On keys for BMG is Michael Hunter.  Mike is a lifelong performer and has played every genre.  The talented keyboardist and West Coast native has been noted for his percussive approach and melodic voicing. He has studied with many local musicians such as Laura Scarborough, Rich Harney, Sam Lipman, and Esteban Alvarez, to name a few.

On drums for BMG we have Lyndon Allen. Lyndon has been playing drums since he was 5 and has played every genre of music out there. Growing up playing in several local churches in his home town of Houston, Lyndon has played everything from gospel music to prog rock. His ability to add immense dynamic paired with driving beats accompanied with unique and intricate fills, Lyndon takes a seat as one of the top drummers in the south. With his extensive studio recording and live performance experience, Allen is a key asset to the BMG sound.

On lead guitar we have Matt Cory.  He picked up a guitar at the age of 13 and began emulating his guitar heroes like; Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Gilmore and Eric Clapton.  He has played in bands covering every genre, except screaming death metal and polka, from Austin, Texas all the way up to New York.  He brings tasty leads and fills that will set fire to your brain like a good jalapeno sets fire to your ass.  He’s been called a lot of things in his life, but a crappy guitarist isn’t one of them.  His fretwork is an asset, but his mouth can be a liability.  He is also a contributing writer to “The Music Ranch” column in “Rockstar” magazine, an Austin based publication that promotes all things music.

Together these guys make up one hell of a band and make for one hell of a party. Reaching audiences across contemporary divisions of style and ethnic stereotypes, the Gators are equally comfortable sharing a stage with rap and DJ artists or a full lineup of rock acts.

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