Led by Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Marcus Salomon! Marcus and Crosstown Trio perform with a fresh blend of musicianship, in a wide variety of music, uncovering great, overlooked songs in genres ranging from Americana, Rock, R & B, Folk, and Blues. The trio excels in performing songs from artists you are very familiar with but not the songs you hear every band play. Crosstown Trio’s incredibly proficient repertoire includes a treasure trove of forgotten favorites that will always be entertaining to any audience. Among their peers they are recognized as superior, sparkling professionals with a soulful energy that will make audiences come back again and again. You and your guests are in for a delightful and entertaining experience!
Crosstown covers artists such as Elton John, Beatles, Van Morrison, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits, Lyle Lovett, Bob Seager, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, CCR, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Vince Gill, Randy Newman, The Eagles and Bruce Springsteen. They also do a variety of oldies from the late 50s & early 60s as well as a little jazz from Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan and Wayne Shorter and more.
Marcus Salomon - Music came into Marcus as a young teenager. His first paid gig was as a 13-year-old. He continued performing through his 20’s as a solo performer and with his trio, Los Guys. Ultimately in 1981 he joined Roadhouse, a band based out of Las Vegas. Roadhouse incorporated and produced a record that was getting air play which led to a tour of the southwest. They opened for ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop and Black Oak Arkansas. In May 2011 Roadhouse was inducted in the Las Vegas Rock ‘n Roll Reunion Hall of Fame!
Alas a major record deal was not able to be achieved so Marcus headed back to the bay area and by 1986 was doing Musical Theatre with the Theatre Works in Palo Alto, CA as well as teaching vocals at music schools before opening his own studio. He later formed his own band who performed at corporate events and weddings which led to the formation of the Tribute Band, City Rocks, which specialized in San Francisco Rock Music.
As his music career was flourishing in 1998, he was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, CLL. He refused to be defined by the disease and for the past 25 years has fought it and now in good health he continues his performing with The Crosstown Trio. He is joined in The Trio by longtime friends and colleagues, James Reily and Kevin Clark. They continue to perform all over the Bay Area and love the music they are creating.
James Reily - James has been on a musical journey since age nine. Starting with guitar and teaching by the age of 16 in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the next four decades James kept busy playing in different bands while still teaching. His style mostly emphasized Rock, Blues, and Jazz.
In the late 90's he met Marcus Salomon at one of the places they were both teaching. Soon he had joined Marcus's wedding band which eventually led to the start of the tribute band, "City Rocks", which covered the rock music from the San Francisco Bay Area between the years 1965 – 1985.
After nearly 50 years dedicated to a life of guitar in 2014 James Reily ran into an obstacle - Ulnar Neuropathy. The result made James unable to play the guitar professionally or recreationally. But by 2016 James discovered a passion for playing the harmonica and excelled at practicing with the intention of playing music with his friends again. And within a few years James wrote and recorded his first Jazz album entitled, “Obstacles”, featuring James on chromatic harmonica along with many great friends/musicians from the bay area. During the album project James joined up with Marcus again, but this time on harmonica adding to all the antics they do in "Crosstown Trio". Once again, a working musician and all is good.
Kevin Clark - After an early path through the study of guitar from age six and percussion from fourteen, Kevin Clark found his way to the bass guitar at the end of high school. Since then, he's gigged, recorded and collaborated with notable bay area musicians too numerous to list without being an insufferable name dropper. Kevin has a good time with a number of styles and loves to move around and cross-pollinate between them. Groove, blend, and variation are his happy places, and he loves nothing more than to explore and improvise familiar material into new and surprising manifestations that turn out differently every time. The Crosstown Trio is Kevin's latest musical adventure in which he encounters whole new sets of possibilities, challenges, and satisfactions.
The Trio returns for the final show of 2023 at Freewheel Brewery.