Michael Lanning, Nik Westman & The Central Plains, Olivia Mancini

Michael Lanning

Michael Lanning began performing in theatre at the age of nine. With an extensive background and training in music and theatre, Michael has been a featured performer in many theatre companies including San Bernardino Civic Light Opera and the legendary Summer Stock, Junior University. Michael has recorded and/or toured with such musical greats as Donovan, Fleetwood Mac, Rockpile, Larry Gatlin, Frank Wildhorn, Mike Post and George Harrison. Michael's band, Jiva, was the first American band signed to the Harrison label, Dark Horse Records, with George serving as their executive producer.
Michael's distinctive, yet versatile, style made him a top session vocalist for national television and radio commercials for over a decade. Commercial jingles include the national spots-- "Heartbeat Of America, Chevy truck"," Snickers, There's A Hunger Inside You", "We Build Excitement, Pontiac", "Honda, Come Ride", "Sizzler, sounds good", " Hamm's Beer, Leave the grind behind", just to name a few. As an actor and a singer his credits include Steven Bochco's "Coprock", Wayne's World, "ER", "Thunder In Paradise" and "Baywatch".

A songwiter and a music publisher, Lanningsongs have been recorded by producer/guitar legend Dave Edmunds, The Stray Cats, French recording star Slyvie Vartan and many others. As a musician, Michael has mastered guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, drums and percussion, And, is a hunt and peck pianist. Sorry, Mom.

Michael starred in both the Tony nominated Broadway and National Tour Productions of composer Frank Wildhorn's The Civil War. He played Dozer in the World Premiere Muscial Mask at The Pasadena Playhouse, based on the motion picture starring Cher. He was featured as the Preacher in the World Premiere Musical Bonnie And Clyde at The La Lolla Playhouse in the winter of '09 and at The Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Fla. in the winter of '10. He was also a featured vocalist for six years with The Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Nik & The Central Plains

The Central Plains is Nik Westman's acoustic songs turned into collaborative efforts with various musicians.
two albums have been released. Album the III is currently being crafted.

2010- nik & the central plains
2012- walk on beaches

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Residing in Brooklyn, NY, Nik Westman is a Swedish American singer song writer channeling artists like Neil young, the kinks, modest mouse, the cure and more. In 2006 He formed " The Central Plains" an indie/folk/rock band in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2010 The band released a self-titled album "Nik & the Central Plains" which was nominated top local release by public radio station WYEP 91.3. in 2011 they released "Walk on beaches" Nik Continues to write and record songs under the name " Nik & the Central Plains" "Album the III" Is in the works for 2014.

introducing Nik & the Central Plains:

"Not that it will happen, but if a label came sniffing around Pittsburgh looking for an indie-folk/rock band in the vein of Fleet Foxes, Midlake or Blitzen Trapper, we might want to offer them Nik and the Central Plains."

-Scott Mervis

Pittsburgh Trib:

"if there's a mood that best describes "Walk on Beaches," it's manic. Westman draws mostly from his own experiences for material, as in the semi-autobiographical title song, which is punctuated with flourishes of trumpet and vocals reminiscent of David Byrne's."

-Rege Behe

Self-titled- released in March 2010 ( It was chosen as 1 of the top 5 local releases of 2010 by Pittsburgh public radio station WYEP 91.3)

Walk On Beaches- released 2011

The Members of the band are:

Nik Westman: guitar & vocals

Kraig Decker: bass & vocals

Colin Bronnenkant: drums

Additional Instruments and people who've contributed:

Ross Rader- Trumpet & Accordian
Sara Siplak- Viola and Vocals
Tom Demagall- Guitar
Rufi Barnes- Percussion, Cello, Glock
Jake Hanner- Percussion, Glock
Rebecca Frye- Violin

Olivia Mancini

Olivia Mancini has been touring the U.S. and Europe for more than 10 years, performing her original songs as a singer-songwriter,or with her bands, Olivia & the Mates and Astra Via. Before going solo, she played bass in The Washington Social Club. Olivia Mancini has performed with top acts like The Hold Steady, STARS, Matthew Sweet,and Melissa Ferrick. Her music has appeared in Gossip Girl, Entourage, ER,and Live with Regis and Kathy Lee,

She divides her time between Washington and New York and can reached here.

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