ProgStock Festival: Kevin Gilbert All-Star Tribute

Randy McStine Presents a Kevin Gilbert Retrospective featuring: Nick D’Virgilio, Don Carr and Lloyd Landesman

Who was Kevin Gilbert?  Who is doing this Retrospective?

Our all-star tribute is for Kevin Matthew Gilbert (November 20, 1966 – May 18, 1996). Kevin was an American songwriter, musician, composer, producer and collaborator. Kevin was also an accomplished singer and multi-instrumentalist who played keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, cello, and drums. He toured with Eddie Money before winning the 1988 Yamaha SOUNDCHECK International Rock Music Competition with his progressive rock group Giraffe. Producer Patrick Leonard was impressed with Gilbert’s performance at the competition and invited him to join him in forming a new band which became Toy Matinee. During this time, Gilbert worked on the projects of many musicians and producers, including MadonnaMichael Jackson, Keith Emerson, Sheryl Crow, Bill Bottrell, Susanna Hoffs, Linda Perry, and Genesis.  For more in-depth info on Mr. Gilbert, please see the ProgStock Artist page for this event:
Randy McStine Presents a Kevin Gilbert Retrospective

Randy McStine (The Fringe, Lo-Fi Resistance) is a 28-year old guitarist, songwriter, and producer.  He recorded his first album when he was 11 years old, and hasn’t stopped since.  Randy’s own bands include Lo-Fi Resistance and The Fringe.  Randy has also recorded and performed with a diverse list of talent, including Sound of Contact, Dave Kerzner, the Pink Floyd Experience, Jane Getter Premonition, Stu Hamm, and members of King Crimson, Tears For Fears, Porcupine Tree, Miles Davis, and Joe Satriani.  Randy has performed on the Moody Blues Cruise, the YES Cruise to the Edge, RoSfest, Progtoberfest, and the Marillion Weekend, just to name a few.  Those of you who have seen Randy perform live know that he is the perfect person to be leading this tribute to Kevin Gilbert.

Nick D’Virgilio is an American drummer and multi-instrumentalist musician, often referred to as NDV, best known as a former member of the progressive rock band Spock’s Beard.  He was also one of two drummers chosen to replace Phil Collins in Genesis on the Calling All Stations album. He has also toured and done session work with many artists including Tears for Fears and Mystery, and is an official member of Big Big Train and The Fringe.  Nick’s previous work with Kevin Gilbert’s material makes him a perfect fit for this event.

Don Carr is a legendary Nashville guitarist, best known for his 23 years of work with the Oak Ridge Boys.  Don collaborated with other musicians writing, recording, and performing a wide variety of original music and also found success as a sideman and session guitarist.   The mix of original music and sideman proved to be a potent one, providing him with the skills to perform and record with diverse artists such as David Slater, Danielle Alexander, Shelley West, Girls Next Door, Earl Thomas Conlee, Tommy Tutone, Marie Osmond, JoDee Messina, Sarah Evans, Colin Raye, BJ Thomas, and Tim McGraw.  Don has made over 100 television appearances, been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and made a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry.

Lloyd Landesman is a veteran live and studio musician, with talents for piano, organ, keyboards, vocals, composing, arranging, and producing.  Recent live work includes fronting his own fusion band, Meridian Voice Project, and performing with the heavy progressive rock band Fright Pig at RoSfest 2014.  Lloyd has recorded with artists such as Foreigner, Squeeze, Carl Perkins, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Clarence Clemons (E Street Band), Michael Bolton, Johnny and Edgar Winter and many more. In addition, he has composed and produced hundreds of commercial spots for television including The Super Bowl, CBS NCAA College Football, SEC Football, Budweiser, Dr. Pepper, Cheerios, Chevy, Subway, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Ford, Pringles, Burger King, and the catchy “Every kiss begins with Kay” tagline for Kay Jewelers’ commercials.