ABOUT VICTORIOUS KAYBIRDS - THE BAND: 

We are "Victorious KayBirds", an eclectic, experienced, engaging band located in Columbus, Ohio and produced by Karrots with a Kay, LLC.   

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 170 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. 

 

 

Victorious ShadowBirds:

These musicians rehearse with Victorious KayBirds and are ready and able to fill in when needed.

 

Keyboard-Amelia Walsh

 

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.

 


Drums - Roger Spencer

Roger may look familiar because he has lived in Columbus area all of his life and has been playing drums for over 40 years. He ‘cut his teeth’ playing jazz and swing tunes in clubs when he was 14 yrs. old.  After playing for rock bands in high school and college, he found himself in Chicago for a ‘blind audition; that landed him an 18-month touring gig with Kenny Rogers doing the Island of the Streams tour.

In 1984 he was teamed up with Kenny Loggins as the studio drummer for the Footloose soundtrack!   The Blues bug bit him many years ago and has been involved with several Blues bands and supporting the Columbus Blues Alliance. Roger has played with: Soul Satyr Band, Tin Pan Alley, Sean Carney, and Spencer-Ross bands  Roger Says: “I’m excited to be a part of The Victorious KayBirds with the talented musicians’ eclectic styles that presents great entertainment for their audiences”.

 

Victorious ShadowBirds and Substitute Musicians - so we are always ready for you!


Drums – John O’Lalde

Drums -  Ron Hilditch

Saxophone – Michael Branch

Saxophone – Victor Lyonnet

Saxophone - A. C. Collins


Bass - Bruce MacLaughlin


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WHERE HAS Victorious KayBirds PLAYED DURING THEIR FIRST YEAR, YOU ASK......?

Here are some Venues and Events where we entertained guests, and increased business during the first full year with these experienced, expert, musicians in the newly named band, Victorious KayBirds:   

1st year:  August 2018-August 2019

  • ·         Private Fundraisers, 2X – Bexley, OH & Newark, OH
  • ·         Public Fundraisers – 2X- Columbus, OH
  • ·         NOTES / Copious -Live Music Venue
  • ·         Park Street Cantina – Public Event
  • ·         Weddings -Private – 4X
  • ·         Buckeye Lake Winterfest
  • ·         Woodlands Tavern -Live Music Venue
  • ·         Mardi Gras Event in Utica- Public event barn
  • ·         Oliver’s Burgers and Bourbon – 2 X  Downtown Columbus, OH
  • ·         The Point on Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 
  • ·         Basil Restaurant  Upper Arlington, OH
  • ·         The Blarney Stone Tavern
  • ·         Casa Nueva Restaurant and Cantina, Athens, OH
  • ·         Otie’s Tavern & Grill in Hilliard - 3 X
  • ·         Buckeye Lake Winery
  • ·         Columbus Food and Wine Festival, downtown Columbus, OH  
  • ·         Franklinton Fireworks Fundraiser – Boom Brats, downtown Columbus, OH   
  • ·         First Friday’s Zanesville Street Festival, Downtown Zanesville, OH
  • ·         Blystone Farms Wagyu Cookout Summer Event, Reynoldsburg, OH
  •            Marion County Blues & BBQ Festival, Marion OH  
  • ·         Grandview Hop, Downtown Grandview Heights, OH


 

Upcoming: September 2019- Hot Time Festival, Private Party, Otie’s Tavern, Ohio University Memorial Event, AND MORE- 

 

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