The Paul Charles Band is a Las Vegas quintet that focuses its highly spirited performances on millennial pop and rock music by male artists and bands such as Maroon 5, Train, Gavin Degraw, and Bruno Mars – all the while tipping its hat to the classic chart topping and crowd rousing material that came before them from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.
Award winning drummer-turned frontman Paul Charles Campanella has enjoyed a 20 plus year career as a touring and session drummer, solo artist and backing vocalist with artists such as rock legends Cheap Trick and celebrated blues guitarist Sean Costello. His recorded work with Sean Costello earned a Grammy pre-nomination in 2009 after the album “We Can Get Together” (Delta Groove #DGPCD120) entered the Billboard Blues Charts at number 10 the previous year. In 2010 Paul was one of 6 vocalists hand selected by The Beatles’ famed recording engineer Geoff Emerick to support Cheap Trick in the production of Sgt. Pepper Live at The Paris Hotel & Casino on The Las Vegas Strip. Paul is known as one of the hardest working musicians in Las Vegas and is on record as having performed over 340 live dates in 2011 alone.
Backing Paul on stage are 4 highly skilled and talented musicians. The lead guitarist and Musical Director for The Paul Charles Band is Hartford Music Conservatory graduate Carlos Guerrero. Carlos’ soul-infused lead work and unmistakeable tone has landed him work with Wayne Newton, Strung Out Sessions, Peter Monroy, and MJ Live at The Rio. Drummer, Johnny Fedevich (Frankie Perez, Michael Cavanaugh, Spazmatics) is one of America’s premier drummers and has worked in every conceivable environment – including a Hollywood movie set as Ed, the band Stillwater’s drummer in Cameron Crowe’s hit film Almost Famous. Bassist Steve Bonacci was a member of the UNLV Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble and has lent his talents to many of Vegas’ top rock, blues and country acts. He has also toured with national recording artist Reckless Kelly (No Big Deal Records) Rounding out the group is Toby Ashmore, an invaluable “stunt” musician who handles duties on guitar, vocals, and keyboards. Toby is best known as the frontman for the Vegas band The Negative Ponies and keyboardist for the recently reunited 12 Volt Sex.
With nearly 100 dates under their belt since its inception in March 2013, The Paul Charles Band has performed at such venues as Planet Hollywood, The Blue Martini, and Hyde Nightclub at The Bellagio. The band is currently available for performances in nightclubs, casino lounges, showrooms, weddings, private and corporate events.