The first of it's kind, a true MULTI-TRIBUTE vintage rock & roll show, as well as the BEST club/concert band currently playing Southern California and beyond! (As seen on the Jimmy Kimmel Live stage every September for the last 8 years!)
Steve Waddington & the Retro-Rockin' All-Stars are quickly becoming crowd favorites, and drawing large numbers, at every venue they play in Southern California...proving once again that great entertainment will pack the house!
Steve is widely known for his spot-on tributes to Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Johnny Rivers, Elvis, and a lot more! He is an amazingly talented singer and guitarist with a gift for replicating the sound and the "essence" of some of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century. Plus, at six foot five inches tall, he has the commanding stage presence of a true entertainer! In addition to the aforementioned artists, during the corse of his show he also salutes Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison, Dwight Yoakam, Chris Isaak, guitar instrumentals, lots of 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s...vintage pop, rock, and blues...parodies and sing-a-longs...all served up with energy, authenticity, humor...and, most of all, FUN! It's a concert you can dance to, or just sit back and be entertained!
PLUS, shedule permitting, he is joined onstage by the fabulous SUSAN RITTER, a phenomenal vocalist/guitarist in her own right who brings the hits of Bonnie Raitt, Imelda May, Amy Winehouse and more to this amazing show!
All of this backed by the greatest professional musicians in So Cal, many of whom are veterans of "big name" bands...making the Retro Rockers one of the only TRUE "All-Star" bands working today!
Acclaimed by MANY industry professionals as the best entertainment value in Southern California, this is a MUST SEE show for anyone who is a fan of true entertainment. And be sure to get on their ever-increasing mailing list to make sure you never miss an event!
And "FROM RAT PACK TO ROCK & ROLL" is still going strong!
STEVE WADDINGTON is Southern California's #1 MULTI-TRIBUTE ARTIST. "From Rat Pack to Rock & Roll", he covers it all, and does it better than anyone in the business! An amazingly talented entertainer, actor, singer and musician, he brings it all together in creating his exciting shows. "To say he has a knack for imitating voices is an understatement! In this show, you'll hear the best, and most authentic, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat 'King' Cole, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and Johnny Rivers you've ever heard." Vintage Rock & Roll, pop, Rockabilly, Surf Guitar, Vintage Country and hilarious parodies (Ricky Nelson, Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Donovan) round-out the show. And no two shows are ever the same! He is an accomplished guitarist which helps keeps the music fresh, fun and real...and he is backed by the best veteran musicians in the business.
As exacting as his impressions are, the emphasis is always on FUN! Fun for EVERYONE...Steve, the band, the venue, and most importantly, the audience!
But make no mistake, this is NOT a "Man-of-a-Thousand-Voices" type show where the performer warbles five seconds of a voice before attempting another. The songs are delivered organically and authentically. In fact, Steve even does a full Johnny Cash Show, or Neil Diamond Show...or a combination of any of the other artists he covers. He even guest-stars, in character, at other performer's shows!
THE Dean Martin Tribute Artist
Steve Waddington is one of the foremost Dean Martin Tribute Artists in the industry. All the mannerisms, the voice, the charm, the silly playfulness and the incredible warmth combine to make him one of the top professionals in his field.
He's perfected his craft and earned his reputation through hundreds of solo performances as well as co-starring in various "Rat Pack" and "Martin & Lewis" tribute groups. And he has the voice "...that rich, sexy baritone that just dances around a lyric." But what really sets him apart from the rest is his effortless comedic timing and his ability to portray the actual "essence" of the King of Cool.
Comedian Johnny Dark proclaimed "...he blows my mind. He actually BECOMES Dino!" Actor/singer/musician/funnyman Tony Russell says "Steve's the BEST in the business, bar none!" And Deana Martin (Dean's daughter and an awesome performer in her own right) said "...we love how you do Dad's songs with such obvious LOVE and RESPECT. You are not a mere impersonator, you actually HONOR my father and his music!"
Close your eyes, and you'll almost swear it was Dino singing all his hits. Open your eyes, and you won't believe how much fun you'll have watching this entertainer create the illusion of one of our most beloved industry icons. And just wait til you hear him sing in Italian!
That's why we are able to say, without reservation, "Steve Waddington is a THE ultimate Dean Martin tribute performer. "
"Steve is, beyond a doubt, Southern California's #1 all-around entertainer and vocal impressionist!"
Steve singing Neil Diamond on the Jimmy Kimmel Live Stage in Hollywood, CA
Steve singing Johnny Cash at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA
Steve singing Johnny Rivers
"The Retro-Rockin' All Stars", "The All-Star Tribute Band", "The Rat Pack Rockers", "The Rockin' Rat Pack", "The Retro-Rockers", "77 Sunset Strip". Steve's band is...
He is usually backed by his equally amazing and versatile music director, David Moscoe on piano, as well as some of the finest backing musicians in Southern California. (Drums, bass, guitar, and occasionally a horn section, if venue size and budget permits. Dave Moscoe on keys, Gary Gibbons on drums & Bill Markus on bass pictured above and below on the Jimmy Kimmel Live stage with Steve)
Ms. Susan Ritter sings charming duets with Steve (she does 'June' to his 'Johnny', 'Ann-Margret' to his 'Elvis', 'Natalie' to his 'Nat') and salutes Imelda May, Bonnie Raitt, Grace Slick, Wanda Jackson, Amy Winehouse...and she plays a mean guitar!
As a proud member of SAG/AFTRA, he's also had roles in film and television alongside such greats as Kirk Douglas, Craig T. Nelson and Kurt Russell.
Steve with Kurt Russell in Paramount's "BREAKDOWN"
Steve with Kirk Douglas and Craig T. Nelson in NBC's "Take Me Home Again"
He's also done numerous voice overs for trailers and commercials, and although he enjoys the studio, his first love is live entertainment.
Casinos, cruises, restaurants, theaters, performing arts centers, nightclubs, festivals, themed events, charities, senior centers, assisted-living facilities, TV, film, radio and internet, he actually does it all!
He is simply "The Best in the Business...the Entertainment Business".
Now THAT'S Amore!
"Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime" sung by Steve Waddington