ABOUT VICTORIOUS KAYBIRDS - THE BAND & VENUES:
We are "Victorious KayBirds", an eclectic, experienced, engaging band located in Columbus, Ohio
Victorious KayBirds: a group who includes the collective talents of some of Central Ohio's finest, experienced, and dependable professional musicians currently contributing to the blend of Soul, Rock, Blues music scene. The band is fronted by strong lead vocalist, Karla Kay, who has shared her soulful voice on numerous stages with numerous artists in D.C., VA, NM, GA, CA, and OH. Eclectic and energizing, Victorious KayBirds will take you to a soul inspired happy place that will linger with you. They often cause dancing, spontaneous singing, & unfiltered smiles.
The musicians each have decades of professional experience and it is evident in the talent displayed on their instruments and their ability to adapt to and connect with the audience. The bands' combined decades of musical experience exceeds 160 years of professional music-making!! With inventive arrangements, unique but familiar sets lists, and a large range of styles this band makes their connections to the audience and adds energy to your event or venue. Joy-Inducing is the goal!
We Rock up our Soul and Soul up our Blues!!
We have the flexibility to adapt the music to your many desires. When you have a multifarious, diverse, multi-generation group, be confident that our mix of song choices will weave together to ensure everyone enjoys the event or venue. We usually play within the broad genres of Soul, Blues, Rock, and NOLA music - but we 'cross the streams' and see no reason to stay in our lanes! See our Set List Page for sample of songs and Artists. We continually add to it and take requests!
Diverse Music for your Diverse Group!!
We are "Victorious KayBirds", an eclectic, experienced, engaging band located in Columbus, Ohio and produced by Karrots with a Kay, LLC.
The musicians each have decades of professional experience and it is evident in the talent displayed on their instruments and their ability to adapt to and connect with the audience. The bands' combined decades of musical experience exceed 170 years of professional music-making!! With inventive arrangements, unique but familiar sets lists, and tight medleys this band makes their connections to the audience and adds energy to your event or venue. Joy-Inducing is the goal!
Bios of Band Members:
The Lead Guitar Player - Pat Painter
Pat is a native of Utica, OH and resides nearby in Newark, OH. He has been playing guitar professionally for over 35 years! Additionally, he teaches guitar to many students of all ages, for more than two decades. Pat started his musical career as a heavy metal musician! Over the years he has incorporated many different musical styles & genres into his repertoire. He has played in numerous Central Ohio bands, has toured, and has even been a Sound Engineer. Pat has extensive recording experience with various bands and as a studio musician. Pat is an ever-learning guitarist, who helpfully teaches others. Perfect for this band, he is a multi-genre lead guitarist. Pat says “Sure, we can learn that!”
The ‘Manager’ and Vocalist - Karla Kay Eldridge
Karla Kay has been memorizing lyrics, writing songs, and singing out loud, to the annoyance of her siblings, since age three. She spent her childhood summers in community theater in Athens, OH where her father and mother were professors. After completing her MPA at OU, she worked for many state and federal government agencies, usually as a Budget Officer, and made time for singing and acting in every state she resided, including CA, NM, GA, FL, AK, VA. Most recently, while working in D.C. for 3 years, Karla Kay routinely sang Jazz, G.A.Songbook, Soul,& Blues with professional accompanists. She then recorded a one-take vocal demo CD of multiple genres. After returning to her awaiting house in Columbus, OH, and on ‘sabbatical’ from work, Karla Kay invested the time, energy, and finances to create this eclectic, multi-genre band; because she wants to end her career making music and causing smiles.
Karla Kay says “When you are going through Hell, keep going!” (Winston Churchill)
The Bass Player - Danny DeSantis
Danny DeSantis has been playing bass since before he could drive, and has been in central Ohio for nearly 15 years playing rock, folk, blues, jazz, and bluegrass. He has had extended runs with the "Resisters", "Erika Hughes and the Well Mannered," and the "Jack Fox Band." And has accompanied many local singer songwriters including Kelly Zullo, Jesse Henry, Andy Shaw, Chris Shaw, Jeff Tobin, and Eric Ransom. Danny also plays guitar and harmonica, and also performs solo in the Columbus area. Danny is inspired by an appreciation of American roots music, and finds joy in the Blues
Drums – “Suke” Sotero Juan Gebara
‘Suke’ is a native from Bryan-College Station, Texas, and is now residing in Columbus OH. He is a self-taught musician who began playing drums professionally at age nine with his Dad’s Tejano group. Suke has played, recorded, toured and managed various types of groups including Tejano, Salsa, Country, Classic Rock, Oldies, Top 40, Pop, R&B, Funk, Jazz, Persian, and Contemporary Christian music. He has performed at major venues, concerts, festivals across the country. He also has Studio Recording experience and is a full-time professional musician. He plays in more than one local band, currently. In addition to percussion skills, he is also a vocalist in Spanish and English. Suke loves performing, and brings energy to the groups and to the audiences.
These musicians rehearse with Victorious KayBirds and are ready and able to fill in when needed.
Amelia is a bit of piano prodigy, as she has been playing for over 14 years, and is in her early 20’s!! Amelia is in a few bands and plays almost every evening to the joy of the audiences. She was in a Youth Group band that won a Blues Contest, the prize included a trip to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge competitions. We try to book far in advance so Amelia can play with us and amaze the audiences.
Keyboard- Paul A. Wiess
Paul has been playing keyboard and piano for over 40 years. He fits well with this band because he can play any genre. Currently Paul plays 3 days a week at a local restaurant, Mozart’s Café on N High street, and for private parties, and for Soul Satyr Horns Band, and for Victorious KayBirds and VKB-3.
Victorious ShadowBirds and Substitute Musicians - so we are always ready for You!
Drums - Ron Hilditch
Saxophone – Michael Branch
Saxophone – Victor Lyonnet
Saxophone - A. C. Collins
Keyboardist - Karen Highman
Bass - Bruce MacLaughlin
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WHERE HAS Victorious KayBirds PLAYED, YOU ASK......?
Here are Venues and Events where we entertained guests, and increased their business with these experienced, musicians in the newly named band, Victorious KayBirds:
Since August 2018:
- Private Parties.....
- J&D's Place - Worthington, OH
- The Phone Booth Lounge - Ketterington, OH
- The Barn w Paul Quinn- Zanesville
- Ski Club Holiday Party- York Golf Club
- Eldorado's Food & Spirits- Columbus, OH
- Blystone TapRoom & Rest. Canal Winchester
- Passion Blues Club- Canton OH
- Columbus Blues Alliance - Blues Challenge 2019
- The American Legion #283- Reynoldsburg, OH
- Zanesville’s First Friday Event, Outside- Zaesville, OH
- Ohio University Athens OH Public Art Event, Outside,
- Hot Times Community Arts & Music Festival, Columbus, OH
- Grandview Hop, Outside, Grandview Heights, OH
- Marion County Blues & BBQ Festival, Outside, Marion OH
- Blystone Farms Wagyu Cookout Summer Event, Reynoldsburg, OH
- Urban Comforts, Zanesville, Downtown Zanesville, OH
- Franklinton Fireworks Fundraiser – Outside, Columbus, OH
- Columbus Food and Wine Festival, downtown Columbus, OH
- Buckeye Lake Winery Thornville, OH
- Otie’s Tavern & Grill in Hilliard - 4 X
- Casa Nueva Restaurant and Cantina, Athens, OH
- The Blarney Stone Tavern
- Basil Restaurant Upper Arlington, OH
- The Point on Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH
- Oliver’s Burgers and Bourbon –Downtown Columbus, OH
- Mardi Gras Foodie Event in Utica- Public event barn
- Woodlands Tavern -Live Music Venue
- Buckeye Lake Winterfest
- Weddings -Private
- Park Street Cantina – Public Event
- NOTES / Copious -Live Music Venue
- Public & Private Fundraisers - OH
?? When shall we entertain you and your guests??
Let the KayBirds Arise, after they eat! We love to be outside!