The Damn Dirty Apes like playing rock and roll and having fun. More importantly, they make sure their audience has fun, too. The members of the Apes have over 100 years of combined musical and club experience bringing the joy of rock and roll to the people. Playing classic rock from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, along with some more contemporary favorites, the band keeps the crowd dancing through the night.
The Apes plays everything from classic rock hits (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, AC/DC, Pat Benatar) to contemporary classics (Green Day, Lenny Kravitz, Jet). Along with the tried and true crowd pleasers, they also mix in some hits that are not commonly played by other bands, evoking comments such as “oh, yeah, I remember that song!” from the audience. Their unique, rocked-out takes on John Denver’s “Country Roads” and Judy Collins’ “Both Sides Now” always bring a smile to the crowd.
Hailing from the Livermore Valley and East Bay, the Damn Dirty Apes consist of Craig Lyons on vocals and guitar, Steve Chapman on guitar and vocals, Dave Mercurio on bass, Charlotte Stephens on vocals and keyboards, and Mike Stephens on drums. With three different vocalists, and one of them being female, the Apes are able to play a variety of rock and roll styles. Having two accomplished guitar players in Steve and Craig makes for some interesting guitar interplay and harmony leads. Charlotte’s keyboards give the band a big, full sound. A solid foundation laid down by Mike and MArk completes the package.
Whether they’re playing rock staples, contemporary hits, or bringing out closet classics, the Apes will have the crowd proclaiming “Four thumbs up!”