Peter Lopez is the outstanding northern Colorado vocalist/guitarist for The Backline.
Having an obsession with music, Peter doesn’t recall a time that he wasn't singing. Studying trumpet, vocals and guitar through school, set the stage for Peter’s first serious musical endeavor at age 17. Performing on trumpet and electric guitar, Peter was part of a southern California horn band for the next three years. After relocating to northern California, Peter bought an acoustic guitar and started a new journey, which concentrated on solo work and songwriting. In 1981, Peter came home to Fort Collins, Colorado, where he has continued his solo career and fronted other ensembles, most recently, the band Ol’ Skool.
Sharing his thoughts on his new musical journey, Peter says, "I am extremely excited and fortunate to find myself surrounded by the fine musicians in The Backline. It’s a distinct pleasure to pursue my passion in such a setting, and I look forward to continuing to generate fine music in the years to come."
Kevin McCabe is the lead guitarist and provides solid background vocals for The Backline. As well as this ensemble, Kevin keeps a busy schedule with local choral groups, musical productions and his church’s contemporary worship band. He has had the opportunity to perform with great artists such as the world renowned composer and arranger Kirby Shaw, legendary singer Hazel Miller, and the Loveland Choral Society under the direction of artistic director, Clifford Schultz.
Honing his musical skills since a young age has given Kevin a wide range of experiences. He has been a driving, creative force in dozens of successful musical groups in his former home location of New York, to Florida, and in recent years, Colorado. His first group, a duo dubbed The Cowboys, performed Kingston Trio and early Beatles tunes. With The Jaguars, he had performed many 50’s and 60’s classics from those early rock and roll years, such as Buffalo Springfield, Rolling Stones, Dave Clark Five, The Byrds, The Lovin Spoonful, and, well... you get the picture.
With the supoport of his wife Cindy and awsome family, Kevin’s goal is to bring heart, soul, technique, and tremendous levels of work ethic and experience to his art so that the listener becomes emotionally involved.
Dave Nielsen, who delivers bass and vocals, brings a wide variety of stage and studio experience to The Backline. In more than 35 years of defending the low end he’s appeared on more than a dozen albums and toured from coast to coast, the Great White North to the Gulf of Mexico. With influences that range from gospel to bop, Dave continues on his quest to fuse melody with thump, always in search of the groove.
Playing keys and other surprise instruments for The Backline is Randy Miotke. Now a long-time Fort Collins resident, Randy originally hails from the city of Chicago, Illinois. Being the son of a big band musician living in Chi-Town, meant that listening to and playing some of best music on the planet was not just a way of life, but The way of life.
Randy’s gigging career has found him playing trumpet with the band Rare Moment in the mid-seventies and After the Fire in the 80’s. Keyboard gigs through the 80’s and 90’s included the bands Cosmosis, Skratch, Lonna Miller, the Usual Suspects, and the always mysterious Uncle Histamine.
As well as live performance, Randy has had the joy of engineering, producing and playing on a number of album projects with some great artists and friends over the last 30 years.
"Touch every moment with Passion and Love." - Oscar DeZoto
Oscar DeZoto is the drummer/groove master for The Backline. Okay, this isn’t Oscar’s official bio, but I thought you should get to know him. I’ll tell you what I know for certain. Oscar is a high-caliber drummer who has played with many top-notch acts throughout his career. He plays like a steroid-induced metronome with feel and attitude; this dude grooves like there’s no tomorrow. Really. Ready to dance?
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