EXPLORER w/special guest RAPTURE

Explorer

It started as kids in their garages, playing the local scene back in the day, circa 1981. But, Explorer disbanded after 4 brief years. Hey, as kids, you don't know what you got until it is gone! Fast forward over 20 years, and by a twist of fate and circumstance, the five original members found each other back in January of 2005 and decided to get that Machine rolling again! In the ensuing 13 years leading to the present, several new members joined, bringing Explorer to the next level. Some things are just meant to be.

Some bands play a certain genre of music, while others pay tribute to a particular band they love. Over the past thirteen years, Explorer has steadily grown a reputation for their wide variety of party music that is always dance-able, with an occasional kick in the pants of something heavy and intense. No genre is off-limits. Covering many decades, Explorer will navigate through Classic Rock, Top 40 Pop, Southern Rock, Current and Classic Country, and yes, of course; 70's Funk & Dance. All these genres blended seamlessly together into a night of dancing and grooving! So come join the Explorer journey through the different styles of music that shaped your life.

Come on... Jump on the Explorer Bandwagon!

Rapture

We are committed to performing both smash hits and surprise classics from the 1970s to the present—everything from “Another One Bites the Dust” to “Havana” and beyond! As a six-piece band of accomplished and talented female musicians, every night is Ladies Night (but we can rock the boys, as well). We work hard to get the music just right, the vocals soaring, and engaging with our audiences via choreography, costuming, and bringing fresh flavors to the songs you know and love.

Megan Kim Richofsky

A versatile singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Megan was raised in the South Bay Area and has been performing locally and internationally for nearly twenty years. Her musical training includes classical piano, contemporary and jazz vocal styles as well as horn. She has toured and competed with the Santa Clara Vanguard drum corps and has made rounds in the Bay Area musical theater circuit. Megan has performed with several local cover bands where she has honed in on her soulful vocal style and expanded her musical boundaries. Recently, Megan has performed alongside Polish rapper heavyweight, LUC, ZION 1, and performed as main support for Maoli, Jordan T and Third World. Megan’s music philosophy is, “It’s all about the groove.”

Dana Parker

Dana Parker (aka “Danaelectro”) is a diverse and accomplished percussionist who can readily shift between rock, pop, hip-hop, musical theater, and symphony orchestras. Dana holds a Bachelors of Music in percussion performance from San Jose State University where she studied under famed percussionist, Galen Lemmon, and Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame member, Anthony Cirone. Dana works as a writer and administrator for Guitar Player and Bass Player magazines, and rocks a full drum kit at California clubs and festivals as a member of The Trouble With Monkeys, as well as The Flock of Seagirls, a ladies’ tribute to iconic women of the eighties. Dana’s newest love is her new band, Rapture!

Stephanie began her vocal training in middle school. She has a certificate of completion in advanced vocal performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in performing arts with a dance emphasis. She has performed in many shows and musical revues both locally and abroad. She has performed with the Ohlone Chamber Singers in Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. She has toured with Soren Bennick Productions, performing in shows that teach children about inclusion and the affects of cyber bullying. Stephanie has performed in over 3,000 shows since 2002 with Fire Pixie Entertainment. In 2014, Stephanie joined the Flock of Seagirls as their lead singer and is now excited to also be lead vocalist for Rapture.

Michelle has enjoyed playing the bass on and off since high school. After taking time off to raise a family of fantastic daughters with her husband Ben, she has returned to holding down the low end, and hopes to always be a student of music. She has studied bass and continues to learn from accomplished musicians and talented instructors Scott Clay and David Schnittman. She played bass locally with Bay Area originals band Stateside Radio. Michelle also runs a small farm in South Santa Clara County, consisting of horses, goats, sheep, chickens, and a small scale hop yard, which produces Cascade hops for local breweries.

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