“The band that launched a thousand bands.”
The best-selling instrumental band of all time.
The Ventures formed in Tacoma, Washington in 1958. The legacy kicked off with
the opening drum roll of 1960’s Walk Don’t Run, a #2 hit that would go on to sell
more than 2 million copies. From the garage, to the beach, to the stars, the
Ventures defined an entire decade of instrumental rock music.
A cultural and musical phenomenon bar none in the instrumental world, The
Ventures charted 37 records in 12 years, releasing a staggering number of now
classic tunes: "Walk Don’t Run", "Perfidia", "Lullaby of the Leaves", "Bulldog",
"Driving Guitars", "Surf Rider", "Apache", "Tequila", "Pipeline", "Wipe Out",
"Out of Limits", "Journey to the Stars", "Diamond Head", "Walk Don’t Run ’64",
"Slaughter on 10th Ave.", and the incomparable "Hawaii Five-O".
The Ventures have sold over a 100 million records. They were inducted into The
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
Known the world over for their blistering live show, including their legendary
show-stopping rendition of Caravan, the current line-up continues to deliver
dynamic and powerful performances.
Leon Taylor (drums): Leon is the son of legendary drummer Mel Taylor. He
stepped into his father’s position and has been supplying a solid backbeat for over
Bob Spalding (guitar): a studio heavyweight and live show regular with the band
for over 35 years, Bob has more than earned the title of “The Fifth Venture.”
Ian Spalding (guitar/bass): Ian has worked in the studio and on the stage with the
band for over 10 years. He’s been playing Ventures songs since before he could
ride a bicycle.
Lucas Griffin (bass/guitar): The newest member of The Ventures family, Lucas
brings a wealth of talent and agility to the stage.
The Go-Go Rillas
No bananas are safe! The GO-GO Rillas have escaped the confines of the zoo and are aimed to throw a Banana Party! Where’s the Banana Party? Wherever these apes are! During their time locked away at the zoo, these primates honed their surf and garage rock chops and now Bingo, Bango, Bongo and Fred are on the loose; forever on the run from the evil zoo keeper! Grab a banana and let’s GO-GO!