THE WORKING POETS
From California State University, San Bernardino
The Working Poets perform classic pop, rock and country music and NOT POETRY!
If you were thinking about heading to your favorite neighborhood coffee house to hear sonnets set to the sound of bongos forget it! Yes the name might fool you, but these four musicians are no joke when it comes to playing straight forward All American Music!
The Working Poets are a band that started in 2006 as a duo based out of Apple Valley California. The band consists of Rob McLeod on Guitar and Vocals, Michael Cappetta on Bass, Harmonica, and Vocals, Bill Crane On Keyboards and Vocals, and Kevin O’Neal on Drums, Percussion and Vocals. “The Working Poets” name is a simple play on words. Rob who named the band feels it is a synopsis of what all musicians want to be. They want to work and play entertaining music which in turn makes a crowd happy. According to Kevin O’Neal, “Many musicians are out of work so we are very lucky to be working musicians or poets who play instruments. We wanted to establish ourselves as working musicians so Rob coined the name.”
The Working Poets appeal to all genres and age groups with their three and four part harmony vocals that make the music sound full and alive. They perform a variety of 50’s and 60’s oldies, classic pop, rock, new country, classic country and 80’s music with over 300 songs in their repertoire. Performing all over Southern California and Nevada at The Tropicana in Las Vegas, Victoria Gardens Concert Series, The Riverside Festival of Lights, Numerous Car Shows, Holiday Celebrations, Casinos, and Numerous Summer Concert Series and are set for another round of Night Club, Concert Series and Fair performances in 2016!
The Working Poet’s have two CD’s out “Live at the American Music Festival” debuted in January 2010 followed by “Back to the Classics Live II” in January of 2011!
“In one our shows you’ll see a lot of crowd interaction as Rob walks around the audience with his guitar performs right in front of you,” says O’Neal, “We love our fans and want everyone to come out and have fun and a good time.