The Doors’ sound is timeless. Their music lives on, as blues and classic rock lovers everywhere
continue to elevate the deserving band to legendary status. In keeping with tradition, however,
legends, in order to become legendary, must first disappear. When Moonlight Drive takes the
stage—the legend is reborn.
Moonlight Drive has established themselves as one of the top performing tribute bands currently
touring the Midwest. Dustin Lentz hauntingly resurrects Ray Manzarek’s keyboarding style, recently
acquiring a 1971 Fender Rhodes Piano Bass, and a 1968 Gibson G-101 Kalamazoo Organ. Tim Utter, who adds an important dynamic to a number of local acts, is vital as Robby Krieger. His talent is noticeably showcased with Moonlight Drive. David Damm, on percussion, uses a matching mod orange percussion set as John Densmore did. His performance style displays mastery, and is pure joy to witness. When Robert Shannon commands the microphone, it is as if he has evoked the spirit of Jim Morrison, delivering to audiences the same raw energy, and emotionally seductive performance
they would expect from one of rock’s most inspired, unrestrained, and tragic icons. With these four
talents, an audiences’ eye becomes a wandering spotlight.
Having studied, enjoyed, and been influenced by the music of The Doors—Moonlight Drive has the
Having commissioned Alison Spurgeon, a great friend and professional costume designer from
the Actors Guild of Wichita, to design the group’s authentic on-stage wardrobe, Moonlight Drive is
a visual snapshot of The Doors circa 1969—they have the look.
Individually talented and passionate musicians in their own right, drawing from a number of influences,
and working continually to embrace their individual creative visions, and grow as artists—Moonlight
Drive has the skill.
There is one more important ingredient in the equation, however, that Moonlight Drive brings to every
venue they play. Lentz, Utter, Damm, and Shannon, find a way to weave individualism into their
portrayals of Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, John Densmore, and Jim Morrison—collectively, The
Doors. Not only do they find a way, but the band’s live show benefits from each artist’s emotionally
driven performance that gives knowing and unfamiliar audiences alike the feeling that Moonlight
Drive is an original band.
Doing so also further parallels the Doors stage performance style. Every live show was its own event.
Even those on the inside, including the band members themselves, knew that the only real ‘inside’ lay
inside their own hearts and minds. The same songs sounded different almost every time they were
played. Solos were taken at different times, poetry was added or taken away, and jams took their
own shape guided only by emotion and atmosphere. The members of Moonlight Drive know what it
is to feel the music, and the audience benefits from that.
Every tribute band knows that the best testament to its talent is audience reaction to the music.
Did the knowledge, skill, and look come together to create a memorable rock and roll experience?
Emotion is the common thread. It drives the creation of great music, whether that of The Doors,
or that of Moonlight Drive, and connects the audience to the entertainer. It is the heartbeat manifested
by throbbing speakers, and the life communicated by an affected audience. Whatever your age or
expectation, and whatever your knowledge of The Doors and their music, an audience listening or
grooving to Moonlight Drive is always an audience affected.