The Sundown Band
The SUNDOWN Band has been performing their brand of southern rock and roll cover and tribute shows since 1976. Each and everytime the band has been reviewed, the response is the basically the same: "This is the absolute best performing southern rock cover and tribute band you will ever hear. You will be hard pressed to find another band that performs with the talent, passion, and intensity that these guys bring to the stage everynight." WPDH 101.5 FM
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If even just a few years of playing music you love is a reason to smile, then Ronnie Pauls, founding member and lead guitarist of Westchester, NY's well known southern rock band, SUNDOWN, must be grinning from ear to ear. He's been performing his brand of southern rock music for an unbelievable 31 years !
After the bands inception in 1976, SUNDOWN started playing high school dances and college keg parties all over the Westchester area. After some lineup changes, Ronnie teamed up with keyboardist Jimmy Milito, who remains the driving vocal force of the band today.
The band worked the Westchester clubs like The Fore N' Aft (North and South), The Crazy Horse, Bottoms Up, Ben Dovers, the Lone Star Cafe in New York City, and the "North Ave Strip" of IONA college bars like Characters, Striders, Gary's, and The Beachmont. They also donated their time to many benefits and charities and soon they were working four nights a week and had started to build a legion of fans that now bring their teenage kids to experience the band perform their style of classic southern rock tunes.
Through the 80's, Ronnie and Jimmy were faced with personnel changes until 1989 when they opened for The Outlaws with their tightest act to that date, which now included guitarist Steve Mitchell. After another few years, Ronnie, Jimmy and Steve switched the rhythm section and recruited Fred Andreassi on bass. Then another personnel change was made and drummer Keith "Bam Bam" Michaels was recruited in 1998 to add the final piece. This current lineup is The SUNDOWN Band's best yet.
One of the highest complements ever paid to the band came from a music industry executive with Lynyrd Skynyrd. After listining to a live CD of SUNDOWN, he sent the following email to the band: "It is nice to FINALLY hear a band "PLAYING" Southern Rock and not obsessed with "COPYING" Southern Rock. 99% of the bands who play these songs are so damn obsessed with copying the songs note for damn note that they lose fact of what it is they are doing. They sound stiff and there is no "LIFE" in the music they are trying so hard to copy. The musicians in SUNDOWN obviously are ENJOYING playing the songs and are not just covering the songs, but are PLAYING them and it shows."
The SUNDOWN Band performs unique renditions of southern rock classics from bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker, Molly Hatchet and more.
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