Take five Bostonians who have absolutely no business being in a room together, shake it up a bit, and then repeat. After all of that is done, take a step back and look at what's left behind. In this case, that's exactly how The Evening came together, five individuals from different worlds united through the common goal of creating the music that's in their hearts.
It really began when Benny Trrouble Goodman (vocals/guitar/piano) decided to bring everyone together in one room in the hopes of creating a unique blend of pop, classic rock, electronic, and folk music. For years Benny had been jamming and writing with Paul Lourenco (drums), but when he realized something was still missing he began to look for the change that would help define the music. That change was Regan Hartley (vocals) and Samantha Ruminiski (vocals), who all met in their own serendipitous ways.
Samantha had come to Benny, who was raised a devout Jew, because she had wanted to record a Christmas CD for her boyfriend fighting overseas. As a side note, until this point Samantha had never sang for anyone other than her shower nozzle and was more concerned with working in a microbiology lab than making music. What transpired was a chemistry that was unquestionable and a realization through one another's talents that what was happening was truly something special. In writing together Benny introduced Samantha to Paul Lourenco and Frank Lewis (bass), who began casually laying down tracks for something everyone thought would be anything but The Evening.
Soon after, Benny met Regan Hartley when they were both performing at a fundraiser, Benny as a DJ and Regan as the pageant girl singing the national anthem. They hit it off and became immediate friends, both unaware of the depth of their musical chemistry. As the story goes, they casually started jamming together, initially recording electronic music before Benny realized that both Regan and Samantha were the x-factors that had been alluding his project The Evening, a hard rock band going nowhere fast.
So what does a former Miss America contestant, a software support engineer, a microbiologist, a banker, and a DJ/producer have in common? In this case, a truly fresh take on music that is 110% Boston. Songs that are as much Van Halen as they are Lady Gaga, as influenced as much by Andrew Lloyed Webber as they are Queen and Ronnie James Dio. The result, well...that's up to you if the joke is funny or not.