The NoWhere Men

2013 - "The Nowhere Men" - Marlow Heights Reunion Show

Performing Since: 

1960's

Price Range: 

  • -None Indicated-

Jobs Artist Performs: 

  • Clubs, Weddings, Private Parties, Company Parties, Dances, Galas, Festivals

Musical Styles: 

  • Rock, Classic Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Motown, Oldies
Maryland

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Band Instrumentation: 

  • Piano/Keyboards
  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Drums (Trap)
  • Vocals
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Sax
  • Percussion
  • Lead Vocals
  • Backup Vocals

Band Members: 

  • Larry Kidwell
  • Don Halcombe
  • Joe Roundtree
  • Mike Valenti
  • Tommy Rodante
  • Steve Valenti
  • Chris Heer
  • Joe McColly
  • Richard Seeley
  • Jimmy Robinson

Number of Musicians in Band: 

10

Contact: 

Joe Roundtree

Phone: 

(240) 644-9806

Full Bio: 

The Washington Metropolitan Area for years has been notorious for its musical talents.  The area became a melting pot for all genres.  There wasn’t a night club around that didn’t offer live entertainment and hosted big name artists from afar as well as its strong local talents.  Depending on your taste of music; be it Pop, Rhythm & Blues or Soul you were able to find it all and within a close proximity of one another.  Having this exposure any night of the week has provided us all with enjoyable memories.  So let’s toe tap our way back to the 60’s. 

 

The NoWhere Men were formed in the early 1960's.  They were young men that got together from different parts of the Washington Metropolitan Area and not even old enough to drive.  Supporting parents and older siblings would witness the music they made coming from their basements and garages and offered to drive them to their performances.  The NoWhere Men became one of the hottest and funkiest groups ever to hit the D.C. music scene providing blue-eyed soul with rich harmonies unsurpassed in the area.  Their cover tunes encompassed a wide array of music popular at the time to include Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chicago, The Ides of March, The Temptations, Four Tops, Parliament, Sam & Dave, James Brown, Tom Jones, Clarence Carter, as well as rich melodic groups and performers like The 5th Dimension, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Grass Roots, The Associations, Bill Deal & The Rhondells, Guess Who, Righteous Brothers, etc. to name just a few. 

 

Their Managers at that time were Barry Rick and Steve Mintz out of Chuck Levin's Music Center in Wheaton, Maryland and they managed to get the group booked at scores of popular local night clubs, i.e. Fran O'Brians Anthony House, the Bastille Supper Club, The Quonset Hut, as well as a variety of local CYO'S and community clubs to include St. John's De LaSalle, St. Bernard’s, St. Francis Xaviers, St. Jerome’s, Northwestern High School, The Wheaton Community Center held by The Wheaton Teen Club, The P.G. Community Center, The Greenbelt Armory for the Battle of the Bands competing against The New Breed and The Cherry People and they continued on as a group through the mid 70's.

 

Members for the group included singers Bruce Gardner, Charlie Taylor, Donnie Halcombe and Billy Vabolis with back-up harmonies provided by Tommy Rodante (bass) and Richard Purvis (keyboards).  Steve Valenti and Michael Pirko were the guitar players.  The horn section was comprised of Joseph McColly (trumpet), Gary Gaulette (trumpet), Chris Heer (trombone), Jimmy Robinson (saxophone) and Richard Seeley (trumpet).  The group provided two drummers; Miles Sheetz and Tommy Wright and later in years included Mike Valenti.  Other members came and went but these were the young men that built the foundation of the NoWhere Men.  Within a two year period of 2008 & 2009 two of the members, Billy Vabolis and Charlie Taylor had passed away.  The loss of Billy & Charlie had brought together scores of friends and band members.  It has always been said that with any loss there is a gain.  The gain for this loss is after 40 years, the NoWhere Men decided to get back together to make a tribute and to reconnect as brothers in arms to once again combine their God given talents.

 

The Nowhere Men performing " Beginings" at the Whiskey
The Fabulous Hubcaps and the NoWhere Men - Finale
 
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Band Pictures