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Picture of Ted TED HORWITZ is a veteran of the pop music business, performing professionally since 1965 in many diverse musical projects. He is a tremendously talented musician and vocalist who has perfect pitch and can play keyboards of all kinds, guitar and violin. He also has developed a great ear for pop/rock music production, and functions as director, live sound and recording engineer, arranger and producer.

As keyboardist in the 70s Top 40 / Rock band “ATR” (Action, Thrills and Romance), Ted toured the nationwide club circuit. He has opened for The Platters, the Eagles' Joe Walsh and The James Gang, and Otis Day and The Knights. Ted has backed 60s rock legends "The Shangri-Las” and Freddie "Boom Boom" Cannon, and worked with Norma Jean of "Chic" (yowsah yowsah yowsah). He has also appeared with Elvis’ vocal backup group The Jordanaires, and backed several nationally-known Elvis tribute artists, including the great Ryan Pelton.

Since moving from central Ohio to the Northwest in 2013, Ted has performed with many Gorge and Portland musicians and bands of note, including Curtis Salgado, Ron Steen, Laura Cunard, Kevin Selfe, Ben Rice, Terry Robb, AC Porter, the late Rick Hulett, Ben Bonham, Ed Dietrich, Tim Ortlieb, Tracy Klas, Jeff Carrell, Al Hare, Nolan Hare, Kerry Williams, Tim Mayer, Mark Daly, Ryan Kolberg, Mike Stillman, Jon Cyparski, Alonzo Garbanzo (Dennis Castanares), Ryan MacAlexander, Randy Bell, Les Vaughn, Jim Hurley ("Coach"), Jeff Minnick, Mike Grodner, Dennis Williams, Paul Viemeister, Jose Maya, Steve Alford, Cory George, Justin Merritt, Steve May, and the bands "Smoke On The Water", "Cool Change PDX", "Willy & Nelson,", "The Shannon Roberts Trio", "The Greenneck Daredevils", and the "Kingz Ambassadors" reggae band. He plays "Piano and More" regularly at the beautiful historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Oregon.

Back in central Ohio, Ted was a fixture at Columbus's The Top Steak House piano bar for years. He also performed with singer / restauranteur Pat Landusky, including a long stint at Columbus’ famous Jai Lai restaurant. In addition to solo work, Ted has played with “The Eddie Pollina Band”, "Tommy B and Company", "The Zen Band", "Direct Energy", the popular country band "Raizin’ Kane", and countless other top-notch groups.

In addition, Ted has provided keyboard and guitar accompaniment in theatre orchestras for shows by local choral groups such as Worthington Chorus and Westerville Song Spinners. He teaches and does studio work as well.

There are better keyboard players, better singers, better guitarists and better sound engineers, .... but NOBODY does it all like Ted Horwitz!




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LAURA CUNARD
has been performing a wide variety of musical styles professionally for over 25 years. Laura’s music has led her from Seattle to Anchorage, to San Diego, Las Vegas, and Portland.

A veteran of piano bars, show bands, dance bands, cabaret, jazz and classical ensembles, Laura is one of the most gifted vocalists to emerge from the Northwest in recent years, with an incredibly wide vocal range. She is also a very accomplished pianist; she and her jazz trio appear regularly at many Portland area nightspots.

Laura is also well-known in the Portland jazz community for hosting and leading jams, which attract many of the area's most talented jazz musicians and singers. In addition to performing, Laura also teaches voice and piano privately in the Portland metro area.









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MICHELLE KUEPKER
left her red shoes behind when she left Kansas for the Pacific Northwest, but brought along her love for music and performing. The energy in her lead and harmony vocals, with the addition of percussion, will make you get up off your seat!

She also has an impressive musical resume, having sung and written with some top Portland-area original acts, including "Unplane Jayne", "The Dave Berg Band", and "Global FM". She currently performs with the great rock/dance band "Nobody’s Sweetheart" and acoustic trio "Hot Chill".










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MICHELE LINN
is a versatile vocalist who clearly loves the music and the audience to whom she sings. In addition to her work with "Take Two", she sings in the greater Portland area as a member of the duo Midnight & Moonshine, and also the full band Wild Heart, a group of well-rounded and highly respected musicians. She honed her vocal harmony skills as a member of the Country band Yonder Blue, and has performed on the big stage during Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival with the Lightning Kings.

Michele's voice has been compared to Cher with a style reminiscent of Natalie Cole and Trisha Yearwood. Michele got a relatively late start as a professional vocalist, but she has been influenced throughout her life by an eclectic range of artists, including Bonnie Raitt, The Judds, Garth Brooks, U2, Bad Company, and Whitney Houston.





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