Performing 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, 00′s and the MOST CURRENT ROCK and TOP-40 HITS, The Trip is extremely versatile with a huge song list; authentic and energetic, with extremely talented musicians whose seasoned experience can cover any event. We do Concerts, Corporate Events, Clubs, Private Parties and Weddings! THE TRIP has ROCKED for Microsoft, Disney, IBM, HP, Budweiser, and many more Fortune 500 companies. Professional, Accommodating and Fun!!!
The Trip has extensive wedding experience. Many clients choose us over your everyday wedding bands because we offer more of a great party-band atmosphere rather than the schmaltz of so many “wedding-singer” type bands. Our motto is “More Rock Less Schlock”.
Along with great reception music we can also provide the following:
- Ceremony Music (Solo Classical and Contemporary Guitar)
- Cocktail Music (Solo and Duo)
- Emcee services for reception and activities
- DJ music – any genre (free of charge)
Steve Bonino – Bass/Vocals
A New York City native, Steve is the son of Roz Vallero, a professional actress and champion ballroom dancer. Steve’s father, Ernesto Bonino, was a famous Italian crooner who was very popular in Europe and who also enjoyed success in America. He was considered the Frank Sinatra of Italy. It was while on tour in America that the famous crooner met the champion dancer / actress and fell in love. Their only offspring, Steve Bonino, did not fall far too from the tree. Steve was a professional actor from 1975 to 1985, and is a life-long professional musician.
He attended the High School of Music and Art in New York, sister school to the high school made famous by the movie Fame, as a voice major. He also attended college at The Leonard Davis Center for the Performing Arts at C.C.N.Y. as a voice / acting major.
Mike Lewis – Drums/Vocals/Programming
Mike Lewis grew up and spent his first 20 years in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The son of a professional drummer, he got his first drum set at age three, played in clubs at age ten, had articles written about him by age 11, toured the States by sixteen, and graduated from Hollywood California’s Percussion Institute of Technology with honors at age twenty-one.
Mike lists among his influences: John Bonham, Tommy Aldridge, Neil Peart, Ian Paice, and hundreds of others. Mike’s training consists of formal instructions as well as extensive live performances. His formal training was under the leadership of: Casey Scheurell (Jean Luc Ponty), Doanne Perry (Jethro Tull), Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa), Efrain Toro (Tito Puente), Joe Porcaro (studio drummer), and many others.
“My teachers taught me technique,” says Mike, “but I really developed my style
Erik Johnson – Guitar/Vocals
The son of Surfaris guitarist Steve Johnson (remember “Wipe Out”?), Erik, a USC Music School Graduate, polished his skills working as a session guitarist for numerous TV shows and movie soundtracks including Disney, daytime soaps, and other prime time TV shows.
He has worked in the Los Angeles and Orange County club circuits as a live performer, but has also played guitar, and produced several albums for up and coming artists. With a signature rock style all his own into which he incorporates a variety of techniques such as jazz, blues and country, Erik gives the band diversity and plenty of flexibility. Erik is also an accomplished Jazz and Classical solo guitarist and does most of the wedding ceremonies, and other solo guitar roles.
Because of his educational background, Erik has been a guitar and music
Steve Fazio – Guitar/Vocals
Due to some type of wiring anomaly, Faz plays his guitar upside down and backwards. Since the age of 15 when he first performed live on TV for the Jerry Lewis telethon for MD, the notes have managed somehow to rearrange themselves on the way out and the result is clean, dead-on and full of emotion.
He recorded his first “single” at 16 and Steve’s versatility and style have won him studio and commercial work and movie soundtracks including spots for Toyota.
He has played concerts from Southern California to New York, and has traveled across the pond to Germany performing at the Frankfort German Musik Messe and to the Manchester, U.K. JHS Event as a demo artist for Danelectrico guitars. He has also performed for Danelectrico as a demo artist at NAMM show in Anaheim.