Join us for an evening of fun
and some of your favorite music!

Now in their second year performing in the SouthShore area, BackBeat's players boast over two decades of performance experience with Midwest and Florida touring bands from the ‘60s through the ‘90s (maybe you even saw them playing live, back-in-the-day!

    BackBeat's play list includes music by Elvis, Roy Orbison, Patsy Kline, Carl Perkins, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Buffett, CCR, Bob Seger and Bill Withers.

    Now gaining popularity as SouthShore's newest "oldest band", BackBeat will have you up and dancing, tapping your feet to the bass beat, or singing the familiar classic rock lyrics.

Gene Jones

VOCALS/KEYBOARDS – I grew up in Indiana, playing the family piano and singing from an early age, performing on the Hammond organ for various events as a teen and as player/vocalist with The Dukes (Goshen, IN) from 1958 to 1968, popular locally and in neighboring states. We shared a few dates with notables such as The Four Seasons, The Yardbirds, Freddy Cannon, Procol Harum and The Kingsmen. 

    In 1970, while serving in Vietnam, I and three other GI’s formed The Inside Story, a Special Services Command Military Touring Show. CMTS groups performed for other troops, traveling show to show by airplane, helicopter, boat and truck

    Since then I’ve performed solo, duo and with several rock/pop bands in Indiana and Michigan. Now I’m loving the Florida life and playing in Backbeat!

Nancy Katyryniuk

VOCALS – I’ve been performing in different genres of entertainment since I was 15 years old. Beginning in my native Pittsburgh. I began my professional career appearing with the prestigious Pittsburgh Playhouse and Dick Scanga’s Goode Olde Days Dinner Theater. Afterwards, a stint at John Kenley’s Summer Stock Theater in Pennsylvania and Ohio where I shared the boards with the likes of Robert Goulet, Carol Lawrence, Jack Jones and many others.

   Then on to NYC to work at the World Famous Latin Quarter and Copa Cabana, and touring with the Broadway Show (this was Burlesque!). Later, I was a dancer at The Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas. 

    After my marriage – and motherhood – I resumed my “on-hold” career performing with husband Mickey in Mickey’s Limit, based in Southwest Florida where we settled. 

    Now I’m having fun with Backbeat – after “retiring” from doing what I’d loved to do!

Carl Bramel

GUITAR/SYNTHESIZER – I discovered rock and roll music on my Grandmother's radio when I was 8 or 9 years old and I was hooked big time. 

    I purchased my first guitar when I was 11 and my early career began. from 1965 to 1983 I spent time playing with several different bands. Then in 1984 I joined a top Louisville, KY band, The Midnight Hour and performed with them for over 20 years. 

    I'm happy to be retired and playing with BackBeat.

Pedro Casals

GUITAR/VOCALS – I was born in 1955 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. My parents always loved music (classical, pop, rock and samba – my mother was a huge Elvis Presley fan. 

    When I was 11 I took up the accordian and played in folklore parties at school. I got my first guitar when I was 14 and started learning from my cousins and friends in my neighborhood.

    My family loved to serenade so we would gather once a week to sing and play Brazilian songs, bossa nova and sambas mostly – a tango sometimes.

    My passion for rock’n roll started in 1969, when I first listened to the Mutantes, a popular Brazilian band), Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jimmy Hendrix records. They are still my favorites. Playing in the BackBeat Band is being a new, fun and very pleasant experience.

Dan Raschke

BASSIST – I think of myself as the link between the other players in the band, providing the rhythm foundation for the other instruments. 

     When I was 7, I began to play the accordion – my very first instrument. I have always had a love of music, playing guitar, occasionally keyboards, but I always returned to the bass guitar, playing it for the past 25 years in bands and church groups.  

     I grew up as a Baby Boomer in the Detroit area and my roots are mid-to late-60’s rock. Those roots continue to grow with new influences to this day.

Bill McKay

DRUMS – I began playing drums in grade school and was fortunate to have played in the school concert and marching bands. 

    I grew up in Detroit during the "garage band" era. My band the Greenbriars played area venues, crossing paths with the likes of Glenn Frey, Bob Seger and Ted Nugent. I’m still in touch with the band’s members and talk to them now and then – we’re all still actively playing music.

    I love to play my classic 54-year-old Ludwig drum kit and playing songs today that I’d played years ago brings back lots of fond memories. I’m proud to be part of Backbeat!

Mark Eichart

SOUND – (bio to come)