Trip Lizard

Trip Lizard

 Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Since 1994 Trip Lizard has been dazzling the independent music landscape with their eclectic musical mix of funk, rap, soul, ska and rock. Their highly energetic stage presence and melodious diversity has earned the band a strong reputation throughout the Eastern U.S. and beyond.


One of the Mid-Atlantic's most active bands and most consistent draws Trip Lizard continues to forge ahead with new material and increased energy. The band can be best summed up in two words, stage presence. Their stage presence and staying power was on full display in the fall of 2002 when they finished in the top ten out of more than 350 bands in The Hard Rock Café national battle of the bands competition. More recently, they were asked to perform at the VIP party honoring the nation's best Chopper designers. The event was covered nationally on CNN and the Discovery Channel. Soon after Trip LIzard was asked to join the stable of bands at District Records, which The Washington Post referred to as the DC area's most prominent independent music label. With District Records they headlined many DC area music festivals inluding performances with national acts at famous DC clubs such as The Black Cat and The 9:30 Club.

Trip Lizard concluded recording at the world renowned Omega Studios in May 2004 on their latest CD, Robotripping. The disc is a follow up to their first effort, Bamboo Chicken, which sold more than 5,000 copies. Fans will be excited to discover that Robotripping mixes many of Trip Lizard’s signature elements with other innovative influences. The band is also putting the finishing touches on a live CD to be released in the fall of 2006.

The band has evolved over the years and in doing so has developed a more distinctive sound. This is particularly evident in their live performance. On guitars are veteran musicians Scott Fallon and Eric Reinhart. Fallon, the ominous riff master, handles the rhythm while Reinhart flourishes in his uncanny ability to hit the perfect note on every lead. When combined with the thunderous pulse of drummer Dan Shortt, and imaginative jazz influenced bass lines of Steve Kaufman, a commanding rhythm section is created to back up the energetic and methodically dynamic front man, Dennis Mayer. Dennis was also a recent national finalist on MTV's Rap Battles.

Since its creation, Trip Lizard has performed at most of the eastern seaboard's top venues including Washington DC's renowned 9:30 Club, New York City's Knitting Factory, Arlington, VA's Clarendon Ballroom, etc. In addition they have performed and/or headlined at multiple festivals and major music events. Highlights include: Washington DC’s Live on Penn, the Philadelphia Music Conference, The Soundquilt Music festival, Arlington VA’s Blocktoberfest, Rock the Debt Freedomfest, Fourth of July Smoke-In, and WGMU’s Spring Fest to name a few. Also, the band has shared the stage with national acts such as Govt. Mule, The Pietasters, Digital Underground, Better Than Ezra, C&C Music Factory, Jimmy’s Chicken Shack, Carbon Leaf, and Vanilla Ice as well as some of the region’s other top acts such as Fighting Gravity, The All Mighty Senators, Everything, Getaway Car, Rude Buddha, Michael Sheppard Group, Egypt, and Blue Miracle.

With a continuously growing mailing list of over 4,700 members, Trip Lizard has consistently exhibited the ability to incorporate new musical directions and diversity in order to stay in synch with their ever-increasing fan base.


Trip Lizard released Bamboo Chicken in 1994 completed their new disc, Robotripping in June 2004. Tracks from both CD's have been featured on (including but not limited to) WVOD - Nags Head, NC; Radio Crystal Blue - New York, NY; DC101 - Washington, DC; WMUC - College Park, MD; UCLA Radio, Los Angeles, CA; WRNR - Annapolis, MD; 99.3 The Fox - Winchester, VA; 99.1 WHFS - Washington, DC; WERW, Syracuse NY; Z104 - Washington, DC; 103.1 WRNR - Annapolis, MD; Vortex Radio; Radio Madrigal, Madrigal France; 92.3 WGTB - Washington, DC;,,, Radio Clarendon - Arlington, VA, as well as hundreds of other University radio stations nationwide. Trip Lizard is currently working with Digitrax Recording Studios on a live CD, capturing a performance at the Soundquilt Music Festival in August 2004. CD release date Fall 2006.

Set List

Trip Lizard is capable of doing a 4 hour set or a forty minute set. Trip Lizard generally performs two 75 minute sets performing predominantly originals as that's what our fans prefer. However, occassionally the the band does add some covers to the set spiced up with Trip Lizard elements.

Typical originals (not limited to):

Waiting for the Sun
Ska Sister
Lonely Man
Don't Want It
Last Train
Kiss the Fish
Shake That Ass
Proposition 215
Say La Blue
Smokin' All Day
Back in da Day
No One Cares
Bubblegum Punk
State of Mind
United Elations
Check 1

Typical Covers (Not limited to):

Rocking in the Free World
Seven Nation Army
Monkey Man
Hash Pipe
Electric Avenue
The Seeker
We Got The Funk
What I Got
Kung Fu Fightin'
I Feel Good
Mountain Song
Hey Ya
Born to be Wild
Play That Funky Music
We Got Beers
Bust A Move
Date With A Vampire Girl