Bart Mendoza 9 p.m., Dec. 17
Genre: Covers | Standards
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Inception: San Diego, 2003
Influences: Peggy Lee, Johnny Cash, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Buffett, the Rolling Stones, and Bonnie Raitt.
Toni Valdez has been performing since she was two years old. She was a professional dancer and a champion ballroom dancer in the Theater Arts and Showdance division. She made the transition to singer when she performed in musical theater productions such as West Side Story, playing Anita and playing Velma in Chicago.
In Las Vegas, Valdez was asked to sing with the Dry Martini Orchestra, with members of the Brian Setzer, Tommy Dorsey, and Harry James Orchestras. Rockin' Records produced her first single, “Jitterbug Jive.” When Toni started performing with Scott, she started adding more styles to her repertoire including Motown, disco, pop, country, and current songs.
Scott Avery started out primarily as a drummer before learning to sing as well. He says he enjoys playing saxophone with a cordless microphone, so he can walk through the audience and engage them in his performance, sometimes also singing and playing the guitar. Scott and Toni enjoy going out into the audience and making them a part of the show. It becomes a personal experience for everyone.