ABOUT

"Styx was one of the greatest American rock bands and they only got a bad rap cause most critics are cynical assholes."

- scene from Big Daddy movie with Adam Sandler.

We agree. What's more, their music is timeless, living on in the hearts and minds of old fans while continuing to reach new generations of fans. It is the mission of Paradise Theatre to do our part to help with that.

Founded in 2014, Paradise Theatre is comprised of veteran musicians whose musical and performing experiences span several decades. Their tribute authentically captures the Styx unique musical blend of pop rock with hard-rock guitar, strong ballads and elements of international musical theater, and delivers it to local venues and events through the many familiar and loved Styx hit songs.

Paradise Theatre is:

Greg Whipkey--Keyboards, Vocals

Greg Whipkey

Greg grew up in the mid-west, cutting his rock and roll teeth on bands such as REO Speedwagon, Kansas, Journey and other great groups. But, the one band that gave him the grandeous dreams that he still carries with him today was Styx. The creation of the cover band, Paradise Theatre, brought his dreams to a reality. As a keyboard player/lead and background singer, he has performed with numerous bands over the past 35 years.

Jeff Banach--Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals

Jeff Banach

Jeff began playing guitar in high school, mainly to meet girls. He is a veteran of many local bands over the years, including Vis a’ Vis, Kid Foxx, Power Factor, Danny Masters Band, and 69 Times. Among his musical influences, Jeff includes Eric Clapton, Rush, Dream Theatre and The Beatles, and still finds himself angry with Yoko for breaking up “the boys.”

Jerry Skaw--Guitars, Mandolin, Vocals

Jerry Skaw

Jerry began playing guitar in his early teens, teaching himself by working with records from '70s influences that included Led Zepplin, Pat Travers, UFO, and others. Jerry studied with Jimmy Herring (Jazz is Dead, Widespread Panic), Steve Mesplé (Wind Machine), and Joe Scott (Wind Machine, Acoustic Eidolon). Jerry Skaw has over 30 years experience performing across the US with local rock and blues acts.

David Bergner--Bass Guitar, Vocals

David Bergner

David has been making music since before his feet could reach the pedals of his Grandmother’s piano. A native of Boulder, CO, he grew up playing piano, followed by a venture into guitar which he played seriously for over fifteen years, spawning numerous bands and solo projects. During this time, he studied Music Composition at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he honed his skills composing classical and film music, as well as electronic and experimental writing. It wasn’t until his early 20’s that he found his soul instrument, the bass guitar, which brought to bear all his musical experience leading up to that point. David became enthralled with the bass and its unique role in the band of marrying rhythm, harmony, and melody. Growing up as a huge Styx fan, David couldn’t be happier to be sharing the stage with the talented members of Paradise Theatre and paying tribute to this great music!

Curt Pleiss--Drums, Vocals

Henry Lokay

Curt has played around the Colorado music scene for a number of years. He’s played and recorded with numerous original, cover and tribute artists including My Old School (Steely Dan tribute), My Blue Sky (Allman Bros. tribute), Borgo (original), Black Box Audio (original), Broken Land (original), Never Been To Texas (original & cover) . He has studied briefly with Todd Sucherman, current Styx drummer.


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