Lauren Silva is a vocalist for whom "soul" comes with pitch-perfect ease. A native southern Californian, she has performed across the nation, opening for established recording artists such as P.O.D., Kirk Franklin, & L.F.O. Lauren recently collaborated with Carrie Underwood in the major motion film, Soul Surfer, and has a cameo in the opening scene! She loves performing and does everything she can to get the party's guests on the dance floor!
Taz is a talented entertainer and possesses one of the most versatile singing voices in Austin. An accomplished performer, he has performed with many local acts and is well known in the Austin Music Scene. Taz's enthusiasm on stage is infectious and he is known to do whatever it takes to get people dancing and having a great time. You haven't seen anything until you've seen him belting out the songs of Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder!
Mark Ellis is a graduate of the Texas State University Music Department. He taught electronic music composition at Texas State University and teaches guitar, piano, and saxophone at South Austin Music. Mark's versatility on the guitar allows him to play numerous styles effortlessly including classical guitar, jazz, rock, and country. He has played with Harry Connick, Jr., members of George Strait's band, and opened for many groups including the Dixie Chicks and Steve Vai.
Mike Rosch is a first call bassist in Austin and surrounding areas. His versatility and abilities keep him very busy as he is consistently being asked to perform with various groups of all different styles, including jazz, rock, Latin, Salsa and country. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University and is recognized for his virtuosity on multiple instruments. In 2005, Mike was selected as the bassist for the first Hard Rock Café House Band and has won several other awards for his playing.
Jason Meekins’ interest in music started at age 4 when he started singing with his family’s gospel group. He has been called the "best drummer in Austin" and has had the privilege of playing with well respected musicians like: Israel Houghton, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Randy Phillips of Phillips, Craig, and Dean. Jason can be seen playing on “Alabanza Real,” a nationally broadcasted Latin Music TV show. Jason brings feel and groove to Blind Date's live performances. It's hard not to dance when Jason's keeping the beat!
Scott Benner is an accomplished saxophonist. Born in Texas, but well traveled, Scott has lived and worked in Los Angeles, New York, and Las Vegas. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a Degree in Jazz Performance where he was a member of the One O’Clock Lab Band and later received a Master of Music Degree from Texas State University. He has a wealth of experience in all musical styles and has played with a wide range of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, The Temptations, and Huey Lewis.
Mike Piccione is an outstanding and highly sought after trumpet player known for his versatility in many different styles of music. Mike is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance and holds an undergrad degree in Performance from the University of Maryland as well. He maintains a full teaching studio, working with trumpet players of all ages and ability levels. Mike’s playing makes him one of the top working trumpeters in Austin!