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R3 (R Cubed) is a progressive, experimental, fusion band formed in early 2010. With the influences of each member, R3 brings a sound without boundaries. Its members are:
Rick Alegria on drums
A native of San Jose, California, Rick Alegria studied music at San Jose State University and is a graduate of the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles. He performed and recorded with Bo Diddley, Maria Muldaur, Asleep At The Wheel, Commander Cody, Queen Ida, jazz-fusion group Real Time, Joan Osborn, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Michael Mc Donald, Amy Holland, Jon McLaughlin( pop artist), American Idols, Constantine Maroulis and Elliot Yemen. He was a featured drummer at the 2008 San Jose Jazz Festival's Tribute to Louie Bellson and is currently working with singer-songwriter Paul Williams, actress/singer Sally Kellerman, all star country swing band Lost Weekend, and Chapman Stick player Bob Culbertson.
Ron Sotelo on bass
A bass player of 35 years, Ron is a graduate of Musician's Institute, Hollywood, CA. He studied under Jeff Berlin, Gary Willis, Steve Bailey and Tim Bogert. Ron has playing credits with Sparklejet's "Bar Guest" and The LC Project's "Rockalyptic" and numerous independent projects. He is currently playing with BlackWater Station.
Russ Pettit on guitar
Russ’ 29 years of guitar playing experience has been a musical adventure. He studied music performance at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, CA and studied as a private student with Joe Satriani. His 2006 solo CD titled The Endless Journey was written up in various magazines and publications, including Guitar Nine Records, 20th Century Guitar Magazine and Performer Magazine. He is endorsed by Freda Guitar Cabs and is on the artist roster for Hamer Guitars.