Rivertown is one of the hottest country acts in the midwest with one thing in mind... bringing down the house! This ensemble band features two of KC's finest female voalists as well as one dynamic male front man. Their unforgettable live shows will keep you on the dance floor all night long and begging for an encore!
Bill Mears: Lead Guitar/ Vocals-
Bill Mears kicked off his music career playing in several successful bands on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Coming home to the Chicagoland area he continued to hone his craft and build a strong band bio. Bill has extensive on stage experience, attention grabbing guitar licks, melting vocals and harmonies, and an energetic stage presence.
Jesica Poell: Lead/Harmony Vocals-
Jesica, lead vocalist of Kansas City jazz band A La Mode, has studied classical voice for 8 years. She attended one year at Stephens College in Columbia, MO, pursing a degree in Musical Theatre Performance. She returned to Kansas City at age 22 to start her career as a working musician and has been in the entertainment biz ever since. Don't let her small size fool you, this pint sized singer can pack a punch! Jesica has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Arrowhead Stadium, The Plaza Art Fair, The National Cattle Congress, to name a few. Visit www.ClaytonDeLong.com for more information.
Clayton DeLong: Lead/Slide Guitar -
While earning a degree in jazz guitar from the University of Missouri Kansas City, Clayton DeLong studied under Kansas City greats such as Rod Fleeman, Danny Embrey, Doug Niedt, Michael Pagan and Bobby Watson. Clayton has been a professional guitar instructor for six years and performs live music regularly in several bands including A La Mode, a classic Kansas City jazz band. Clayton played lead guitar in KC country rock band 6 Degrees West for 2 years, opening for country greats such as Eli Young Band, Sunny Sweeney, Gloriana, and Diamond Rio. Visit www.ClaytonDeLong.com to listen or for more information.
Mandy Boothe: Lead/Harmony Vocals
Mandy earned her BA in Musical Theater and Vocal Performance from North Central College in Naperville, IL. After college, she performed in several professional musical theater productions in Chicago before moving to Kansas City. There she discovered a love for performing jazz, pop, and country music, giving audiences a reason to come on out and have a good time! In addition to performing with Rivertown, she is the lead singer of her jazz group, The Mandy Boothe Quartet. She also loves her "day job" -- teaching private voice lessons at The Culture House in Olathe.
Sebastian Muehlich: Drums-
Sebastian started playing drums at the age of 11 and studied with Dennis Rogers for 8 years. He was first chair in the symphonic band at park hill high school, 3rd chair all-district band in ‘05 securing a 1 rating at district and a 2 rating at state for percussion ensemble, as well as winning 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place trophies at numerous drumline competitions. Additionally, he has a specialist certificate in producing music with logic pro from Berklee College of Music. Currently, Mr. Muehlich is teaching private drum lessons and continuing to hone his expertise as a sound engineer while studying privately with Doug Auwarter.
Andrew Johnson: Electric Bass-
Drew provides a powerful and intoxicating low end power to Rivertown. His style, imagination and cross-genre influences create a groove like no other! Drew has played in a variety of bands utilizing many styles but rarely straying from basements and house parties. In 2006 he joined Alt Metal band Seeking Surreal. He played with the band for several years winning Bands Across Kansas City in 2007. After leaving Seeking Surreal, Drew joined Jus' Marley, a Bob Marley tribute band, that was one of the most on point projects he'd worked with as well as a great learning experience. Currently, Drew is studying with teacher Phil Rogers, learning the music language, progressive jazz and their application to bass, keys and guitar. His goal is to become a well rounded, professional musician and as always, to make booties shake!