Southside Music

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The Southside Ensemble, our performing rock band, was originally formed in 1986 as a percussion ensemble, lead by a music therapist to teach rhythm fundamentals and encourage cohesion among participants. Later the group would evolve into accepting various instruments into the fold as more musical talent came to Southside, eventually including a rap element, and later singing. In 2008 the studio was dedicated to former band member Michael LoBuglio. By this time the band had organized into a full-fledged rock ensemble and had been writing their own original material, recording albums, and traveling to perform on a regular basis.

The band continues to grow along with the artists as they influence its direction. Along with their own original songs, they've performed hundreds of covers, showtunes, classic rock, and re-imagined versions of popular music. The Southside Ensemble represents the very best of what we accomplish at Southside Art Center, with high standards of excellence in professionalism and musical quality.



 
Jemel Jemel has been in Southside Ensemble for 15 years! She plays bass on the keyboard and also does keyboard leads, and backup vocals. She likes to play all kinds of songs from golden oldies to today’s artists. When she’s not playing in the band, she sings in Vocal Variety, Southside’s choir, and produce segments for Southcast Radio, our onsite podcast.

Jemel

Jemel has been in Southside Ensemble for 15 years! She plays bass on the keyboard and also does keyboard leads, and backup vocals. She likes to play all kinds of songs from golden oldies to today’s artists. When she’s not playing in the band, she sings in Vocal Variety, Southside’s choir, and produce segments for Southcast Radio, our onsite podcast.

 
Pam Pam is the drummer and backup vocalist in Southside Ensemble. She is inspired by many types of music, but one of her favorite drummers of all time is Ryan Sullivan from Survivor. When Pam is not drumming you can find her in the recycling center at Southside!

Pam

Pam is the drummer and backup vocalist in Southside Ensemble. She is inspired by many types of music, but one of her favorite drummers of all time is Ryan Sullivan from Survivor. When Pam is not drumming you can find her in the recycling center at Southside!

 
Joe Joe has been as singer in the band since 2014. The kinds of songs he likes to sing best are vocal pop ballads like Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding! He enjoys listening to groups from the 80s, 90, and 2000s, especially Destiny’s Child, Dream, and The Spice Girls. When Joe is not singing in the band, he attends Beginning Music, and writes articles and posts for the Southside Blog.

Joe

Joe has been as singer in the band since 2014. The kinds of songs he likes to sing best are vocal pop ballads like Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding! He enjoys listening to groups from the 80s, 90, and 2000s, especially Destiny’s Child, Dream, and The Spice Girls. When Joe is not singing in the band, he attends Beginning Music, and writes articles and posts for the Southside Blog.

Richard Richard is the newest member of the Southside Ensemble. He is a singer and percussionist in the band, and his favorites types of music include modern Country and Rock. Richard also creates stories and segments for the podcast and makes jewelry to sell at the gallery.

Richard

Richard is the newest member of the Southside Ensemble. He is a singer and percussionist in the band, and his favorites types of music include modern Country and Rock. Richard also creates stories and segments for the podcast and makes jewelry to sell at the gallery.

Jose Jose sings in the band, and plays percussion instruments like woodblock, shaker, triangle, and cowbell. One of his favorites is The Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. In his free time, Jose enjoys singing songs from Disney movies. When he is not playing music, he likes to create illustrations of Manga and Anime super heroes.

Jose

Jose sings in the band, and plays percussion instruments like woodblock, shaker, triangle, and cowbell. One of his favorites is The Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. In his free time, Jose enjoys singing songs from Disney movies. When he is not playing music, he likes to create illustrations of Manga and Anime super heroes.

 
Matty Matthew Meno is lead keyboardist in the Southside Ensemble. Apart from keyboard he plays organ, harmonica, drums, and sings. Matthew is most inspired by musicians from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, including Elvis, and Roy Orbison, and has been in the band for 3 years. He is also a member of Vocal Variety Choir.

Matty

Matthew Meno is lead keyboardist in the Southside Ensemble. Apart from keyboard he plays organ, harmonica, drums, and sings. Matthew is most inspired by musicians from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, including Elvis, and Roy Orbison, and has been in the band for 3 years. He is also a member of Vocal Variety Choir.

 
Thahn Thanh is a singer in Southside Ensemble. She enjoys all kinds of music; currently she is learning Brown Eyed Girl, which is one of her favorites. She likes to sing a range of styles including rock, pop, oldies, and folk. Thanh is also a member of Vocal Variety Choir.

Thahn

Thanh is a singer in Southside Ensemble. She enjoys all kinds of music; currently she is learning Brown Eyed Girl, which is one of her favorites. She likes to sing a range of styles including rock, pop, oldies, and folk. Thanh is also a member of Vocal Variety Choir.

 

Gig Highlights

  • People First Conference
  • Auburn Art Walk
  • Disability Rights Fair at the CA DMV
  • Child Support Services
  • CALpers Conference
  • California Automobile Museum