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The Halloween Wedding of Rev. Yolanda and The Bug!

We are thrilled to announce our wedding in NYC on Halloween Night Oct 31st at THE HALLOWEEN PARADE! We will be in the parade at front of the procession in a horse drawn carriage. In lieu of wedding gifts, we would ask that you contribute to our horse and carriage fund through my website (we were careful about selecting a company that is ethical in their treatment of the horses) : http://www.yolanda.net/ Donors have access to the VIP area at The Parade. For more info on VIP access, email: rogermapes@yahoo.com

Anyone can Join us at the parade line up point and then march with us in costume in the parade. For time, directions, and line up point. go to: http://www.halloween-nyc.com/

Slingbacks and Syrup

Hi Gang! Here's the trailer to the new movie "Slingbacks and Syrup" made by my filmmaker friend Russell Dreher. The movie's about my other friends "The House of LeMay"-a cadre of crazy drag performers in Burlington VT who are taking the Northeast by storm. The movie features my music all over it and is due to be released Oct. 2008.

Rev. Yolanda !
Rev. Yolanda !  (almost 6 years ago)

here's the link to the trailer for Slingbacks and Syrup:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ig6jrYR_wk

My Bio

I am currently working with my Alt-Country/Southern Rock/Gospel/Soul band, Red Hook Junction. I am very proud to be working with pedal steel/guitar/dobro/mandolin player and producer Gerald Menke...www.myspace.com/geraldmenke. The band is: Roger Anthony Mapes- vocals/songwriter/acoustic guitar, Gerald Menke- electric guitar/ dobro/ mandolin/ bass/ producer/ engineer, Dan Menke- drums, Genevieve Menke- backing vocals.

My Bio .................

Roger Anthony (Tony) Mapes; singer songwriter, painter, and performance artist was born and raised in Muscle Shoals, Alabama - "The Hit Recording Capital of the World" and the birthplaces of Helen Keller and W.C. Handy. The Muscle Shoals area was populated by an abundance of musicians and visual artists/painters. He began studying music, painting and drawing at a young age with local artists and was encouraged to develop his own unique vision. Roger is influenced by pop, rock, blues, gospel, country, and folk, but doesn’t self-consciously follow any one tradition...combining them all into some hybrid of his own.

The POP and JAZZ tracks by Roger are performed by his alter ego YOLANDA and are from his first cd "Welcome To YOLANDA WORLD".

From 1997-2005, Roger Anthony Mapes performed as YOLANDA singer/songwriter/gender warrior with his/her band "Yolanda and the Plastic Family". Roger created the character "Yolanda", wrote the music, created the costumes, toured and recorded with his/her band and was the opening act for Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wash. In 2005, Roger as YOLANDA was featured on The Dave Chapelle Show. YOLANDA's NYC venues included CBGB's, The Cutting Room, Webster Hall, and The Limelight nightclubs. From 1997-1999: Roger's music was favorably reviewed in Billboard Magazine 5 times. Larry Flick called him the "...best unsigned artist of 1999". For more information on YOLANDA go to: www.yolanda.net

Still in the top 10

Top 10 in Christian audition and Top 40 in Country showcase

I'm IN the Top 10!

I'm excited to share with you that I'm in the top 10 on the SongVault.com radio charts with my song "Love Divine". Its in the #10 spot on the Christian Music auditions chart . I also have 2 more songs "Muscle Shoals" and "Angels" in the top 40 on the Country Music auditions chart. They are # 35 and #36. If you'd like to help me make it to the top..follow the link:


click "listen to tracks" and vote.


Re-entering the music scene

Greetings everyone! I took a 3 year break from the music scene to re-evaluate my music and where I wanted to go. In those 3 years I began to long for my "roots". For the last 10 years I had been performing as Yolanda and the Plastic Family-a gender-bending rock act that was outrageous and fun as hell. I won many awards for that act...www.yolanda.net. 3 years ago that act came to a close. I was born and raised in Muscle Shoals Alabama "The Hit Recording Capital of the World". If you know the history, then you know everyone came there at some point (including The Stones and Dylan). My first band was gospel-bluegrass and of course I went on to Southern Rock. Well I decided to go back and pick up those roots and run with them. God has blessed me with a wonderful musical collaborator Gerald Menke www.myspace.com/geraldmenke. He plays pedal steel, dobro, mandolin, guitar, bass, produces and engineers. We're working on a cd now and I'm uploading the songs as they're finished. Soooo all that to say I hope you like what you hear. Drop me a line if you do and if you live in NYC join my list and I'll tell you where I'm gonna play. thanks a lot and God Bless!