The Knockoffs consist of Vid James, Jerry Heard, Jeff VenHorst, and Butch Ranew, four musicians who have a long history of playing in various projects together over the years. Now all playing together in the same band, The Knockoffs are a musical tour de force, and we strive to bring top-notch musical entertainment and professionalism to our audience.
The Knockoffs play a variety of the most popular cover tunes to please most any crowd and get them up dancing, and pepper their sets with classic selections by bands such as Rush, Led Zeppelin, The Foo Fighters, Santana, and Bad Company; songs that you simply cannot hear anywhere else.
David “Vid” James - Instruments: Drums/percussion, Vocals
Vid hails from Miami, Florida, and grew up…everywhere. After settling down in the Quad Cities, he started making his way to local open blues jams, where he was introduced to the local music scene.
Vid’s experience runs the gamut; he is, or has been, a member of Nervous Rex, Mr. Tripod, TPX, Wicked Nature, The Undertones, The Tailfins, Secret Squirrel, The Metro Gnomes, Paul Waters and The Lonesome Tears, and The V.J.J. Groove. He can occasionally be found sitting in with a variety of local bands, as well as The District Theatre band and Circa 21.
Jerry Heard - Instruments: Bass, Vocals
Jerry brings a remarkably high degree of experience and professionalism to any ensemble that has the privilege of performing with him. Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Jerry has been playing bass for over 35 years. Currently, he plays in the band Wild Oatz, a Contemporary Country group performing all the latest country hits, but in his career he has played everything from Jazz to Blues, Contemporary Pop to Classic Rock. He also plays and records with The V.J.J. Groove, a blues band preparing to release their debut album of original material. Prior to joining Wild Oatz, he played in (among others) Stellar Cellar, Why Not?, and Blues Flash and was a founding member of Nervous Rex.
Jeff “Doc VH” VenHorst - Instruments: Guitar, Vocals
Doc is equally skilled in blues, country, and screamin’ metal. He has been a consistent fixture on the music scene for many years as a member of several bands; including The Tommy Knockers, Just Cuz, TPX, Nervous Rex , and the Metro Gnomes. Doc has been playing with Vid and Jerry for a long time, as together, we they play and record as The V.J.J. Groove.
Butch Ranew - Instruments: Guitar, Vocals
Butch is a Quad Cities institution. Along with his stints playing in local bands such as Erra, 4th and 20, and a previous incarnation of The Knockoffs (his tenure cut short when his job transferred him to Alabama), he can often be found volunteering his services as the QC’s best roadie at various music festivals in the Quad Cities. Hailing from the south, he brings to the Knockoffs a genuine Southern Rock sensibility. Nobody plays Lynyrd Skynyrd with more sincerity.