ROCK AND BLUES
GRATEFUL ALLMAN BAND EXPERIENCE
2022 is here. Yes
the Crimestoppers have
been around for over 41 years. This year
has seen the emergence of a new band - GABE
- the Grateful Allman Band Experience,
and crowds are begging for more.
Same players, different tunes. You
guessed it, all GABE tunes are by the Dead,
the Allman Bros., and the Band. Check
for GABE gigs on our Upcoming
Shows page. This year the
Crimestoppers welcomed a new member, Tim
Justice, keyboardist extraordinaire!
Will Layman continues as keyboard player in
GABE. The saga continues . . . .
sad note, in 2021 we lost our friend, founder,
original lead singer and
keyboard player, Dave Rinebolt.
This band was Dave's idea as a third year law
student at Catholic Law School, in January
1981. RIP Dave. We miss you.
Take a trip through the history link and read
about and listen to Dave.
We were honored to be part
of two Halloween Howl shows at the Hamilton in
2013 and 2014. Thanks to Ronnie Newmyer! We can be
at 30:11 I Put a Spell on You with Liz
Springer and James Bazen;
35:09 Love Potion # 9 with Brandon Ehrgood; 40:41 The Brain
that Wouldn't Die and 50:38 Purple People Eater
with Mark Noone;
53:03 Voodoo Woman with Liz Springer and James Bazen; 1:00:06
Werewolves of London with Ed O'Connell.
You can check out Set 1
of our February, 2020 gig at Hershey's here
and our livestream on Facebook March 2020 here.
The Crimestoppers have been
playing rock n' roll and blues in the
Washington, D.C. area since January 1981 (yikes
YEARS!) Originally known as "Dick Tracy
and the Crimestoppers,"
the band shortened its name at the urging of an
unnamed lawyer-member of the ensemble, who
experienced angst about potential copyright
infringement litigation in anticipation of the
release of the Madonna-Warren Beatty 'Dick
Tracy' film. The band played such fabled
D.C. venues as The Gentry, Club Saba, The Roxy,
the Wax Museum, Bosco's, the Psychedelly, Friendship
Station, The Bayou, and Chaplin's.
The Crimestoppers are now a 6 (sometimes
5 or 7) piece band playing lots of blues
and rock 'n roll. We cover such diverse
groups and artists as Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B.
King, Los Lobos, the Allman Brothers, Eric
Clapton, the Blasters, Neil Young, and Jimi
Hendrix. The band currently features Will
Layman (keyboards, vocals), Eric Nelson (drums,
vocals), Lenny Stamm (guitar, vocals), Manny
Sanchez (vocals), Eric Goldberg (guitar, bass,
vocals), and Kennedy Wright (bass,
vocals). Occasionally the band is joined
by Barnaby Bristol (keyboards, vocals), (Ed
O'Connell - keyboards, guitar, vocals), James Bazen (sax), Jamie
MacKinnon (sax), Bob Garofalo (keyboards, harp),
or Scott Ramminger (sax, vocals), Danny Jones
(vocals), or Big John (vocals, harp,
guitar). Sometimes the band is joined on
vocals by Liz Springer. Check out our
videos playing Feelin' Alright at
Hershey's on 6/4/16, Waiting
The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago, Walking
Freeze Out and Crossroads,
at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club on 1/3/14, the Brain
that Refused to Die with Mark Noone of the Slickee Boys at Newmyer Flyer's
Halloween Howl at the Hamilton on 10/25/13, a Canned Heat medley
in the Woodstock tribute at Strathmore on
8/13/09 and Rockin' in the Free
Shot, and One
Saturday Night, at the Reston Town Center
on 6/12/09 (with Jamie MacKinnon on sax)!
And here are some hot mp3s from that gig - I'm
Goin' Down, If
Marie, Caldonia, Sweet
Home Chicago, and Don't
Worry Baby (they will stream with quicktime), The
Thrill is Gone from Bangkok Blues on
6/26/09 (thanks to Evan Gangler)
Baby's Gone from the Firehouse on
4/24/09. (Above pictured at the
Public House 7 in Falls Church, Va.). Here
are our latest videos, from 8/26/17 at
Smokehouse Live in Leesburg, Va - Dim
by Dada, the end of Jessica and Gimme Three Steps
on 3/10/18 at the DC Rock'n'Roll
Marathon and Touch
of Grey at Crossroads on 3/7/18.
Check out our Facebook
page and like us please!
Check out our own Edward
O'Connell's CD Our
Little Secret released summer 2010 on
Amazon or iTunes. Here's what one reviewer
"Imagine Tom Petty, Warren Zevon, Pat Dinizio and Matthew Sweet
locking themselves in a cabin with nothing but
some recording equipment and a stack of old Elvis
Costello and Nick Lowe albums. The result would be
Edward O'Connell's 'Our Little Secret,' a
power pop gem. In fact, if any of the artists
mentioned above had released this album, critics
and fans would rank it among their best. If you
think I'm being hyperbolic, listen to the sound
clips. Hear the crisp, timeless production? Hear
the smart lyrics? The warm vocals? The catchy
melodies? Buy this now, and recommend it to your
friends. O'Connell's music is too good to remain a
Also check out Ed's 2nd
Act released in August 2014. This
one will blow you away.
Check out our friends
playing in our favorite other local bands: the Built
4 Comfort Band; the Bobby
Lewis Blues Band; the Rhythm
Bandits; the Marsh
Brothers Band; Daryl Davis;
Curves; and others!
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SOME PAST SHOWS
some photos courtesy of Terry Brennan
Hard Rock photo courtesy of Matt Cwikiel, Driven to