Jim Greer – Lead Guitar & Vocals: Jim began his musical career with his brother, Bill, in the late 1960’s where they co-founded the authentic classic rock band, East Wind. Jim’s early lead guitar influences include – among others - Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Richie Blackmore and Jimmy Page, but he also had an affinity for exceptional vocal harmonies and arrangements from the likes of the Beatles, Three Dog Night, Earth, Wind and Fire – AND THE DOOBIE BROTHERS. This all led to Jim founding China Grove – A Tribute to the Doobie Brothers in 2019 since not only were the members of the Doobie Brothers all great musicians, but their vocal harmonies were just sensational!
Rich Katila - Guitar & Vocals: I saw my first “rock band” in 1969 at age 12 in the school gym and I was hooked. I wanted to do that, so I got a guitar and taught myself how to play. It was in that same gym the next year in my own “rock band”. We did Stones and Beatles and whatever was popular at the time. I took many years off, getting married and raising a family. I reconnected with some local musician in 2015 and here I am today, in a “rock band” and a “tribute band”. Ain’t life great!
Jim "JD" Hogg - Keyboards & Vocals: As keyboardist with China Grove, Jim “JD” Hogg brings years of rock band experience to the stage. “My parents told me to ‘stop that pounding’ when I picked out progressions on our piano at age four,” he says. Over time, his 9-to-5 creative world as a writer/editor has complimented his musical ear and training, resulting in decades of fun times with Emergency Broadcast System and other groups. And now, JD takes pleasure in paying tribute to The Doobie Brothers with every performance.
Jeff Capps - Drums & Vocals: As a kid, Jeff’s dad was into big band and jazz music. As a result, he became aware of and enjoyed the talent of some of the great drummers of that era...Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Ed Schaunessy to name a few. Then, in February 1964, he saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and there was no turning back! Music and the drums became a major force in his life. He lists his early drum influences as Ringo Starr, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon and latter influences as Narada Michael Walden and Simon Phillips. Over the years, Jeff has played in many Cleveland rock and pop cover bands and now enjoys filling the drummer's seat in China Grove.
Mike Southworth - Bass Guitar & Vocals: Mike is an electric bassist and composer and is currently a member of China Grove - Tribute to the Doobie Brothers and East Wind - Cleveland, Ohio's #1 band for authentic 70s & 80s Rock n' Roll. He was previously a member of several cover and tribute bands (Journey, Bad Company), and is a current member of the eclectic rock duo project Mike & the Quantum Mechanics. Mike studied on a private basis with professional bassists Jeff Halsey and Jay Hungerford.
J Calvin - Saxophones: J Calvin plays soprano, alto, tenor, and Baritone saxophones. J is an accomplished musician, teacher and entertainer and has been performing in the Northeast Ohio for over 40 years with top local bands including THE MOTION, VICTORY BOUELEVARD, REVELATION, STRAIT EDGE, DOUBLE IDENTITY, BACKSTREET and VINYL APPROACH to name a few. In addition, J. has performed with several outstanding touring and national acts including Little Anthony, Martha Reeves, Felix Cavaliere, Lou Christie, Mitch Rider, Cub Coda, and Cleveland's own Sonny Geraci. In 1987, J appeared in the film "Light of Day", starring Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett. An inspired singer and sax stylist, J's soulful Motown, Rock-n-Roll and R&B sounds are guaranteed to please everyone.
Lori Mavrakis - Trumpet & Vocals: Lori was born and raised in Grove City, Ohio with a very competitive band program that helped grow her as a musician. She began her studies on trumpet at an early age and found Oberlin College Conservatory of music to continue her musical journey. While there, she had the opportunity to study with many top musicians in both classical and jazz. She is a 30 year veteran of the Cleveland music scene and has performed and recorded with numerous local, regional and national groups. Lori has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Dazz Band, The Buckingham’s, Tommy Tune, Sonny Geraci, and Average White Band to name a few of her musical highlights.
Jim Kopco - Trombone: Jim is a founding member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and has toured nationally with Bernadette Peters, Bobby Caldwell, the Buckinghams and Cleveland rock legend Sonny Geraci. He can also be found performing with the Dan Zola Orchestra, Stone Pony and the Asbury All Stars. Jim tours throughout the Midwest and Las Vegas with an Elvis Tribute Band and has performed several all-star shows at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Palace Theatre.
Dan Elliott - Percussion: A bit of formal music training in middle school on the clarinet and sax and then bought my first drums from DiFiores Music in 1969. Played in numerous garage and school bands and continued to annoy my neighbors at every residence. The Lucious T. Brown Band about 35 years ago. Worked mostly on the northwest Cleveland suburbs at the local bars. In my 30’s through 50’s I was on call at several different churches and was blessed to play with some of the most talented musicians in that realm, especially at Rocky River United Methodist church. My favorite jazz band was B Side Jazz which worked quite a bit and was a cadre of really excellent musicians. Through the west side jam nights met up with the Lorain crowd and fell into playing with a couple different Latin Jazz bands. Through that group I found a connection to China Grove through our trombonist, Jim Kopco, and here we are Rockin’ Down the Highway and having a great time doing it!!!