““There are some people who haven’t embraced where music has gone in the last 20 years, and they like that organic vintage rock n’ roll thing that we do,” Kessler said. “What we are doing now is basically trying to walk people through the history of rock n’ roll. We feel that occurred between ‘57 and ‘77. We are trying to capture those defining moments in the history of rock n’ roll.”
In the near 30-year existence of Lil’ Elmo and The Cosmos, the Los Angeles-based band has cycled through plenty of musicians, but original members Steve Feller and Turchin have largely kept the name and band going. Kessler, who is an original member but took a few years off in the 1990s, said the longevity the band has shown ranks high among rock n’ roll acts in major markets.
The band began at a high school talent show in 1973 and the boys went on tour at ages 17 and 18, but decided to break up in 1975. That breakup, however, lasted 10 years before the original members decided to”
“Tuesday night, Lil Elmo and The Cosmos played at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno for a large crowd of Hot August Nights enthusiasts. The band has played major venues in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego and Reno during its career.”
“LIL' ELMO & THE COSMOS...
If you have a festival featuring the sampling of classic, yet varied dishes, then the music should play into that mode. Well, "The Taste of Laughlin" festival has just the band in Lil' Elmo & The Cosmos, a band dedicated to keeping the rock and roll flame burning.
"We want to chronologically take the audience on a musical journey through the seminal moments of rock and roll history—1955 through 1985," says band member Jay Kessler of the group's "sampler plate" philosophy. "Our job is to entertain and keep people on the dance floor and remind them of the spirit and freedom that rock and roll represents—and it doesn't matter if it's Chuck Berry, The Beatles, The Stones or Bruce Springsteen."
And, according to Kessler, they aren't above a few "shticks" to get things going, like interactive limbo dances and Twist contests.