Mary Ford 9 a.m., Dec. 2
Orbis Max 2.0
RIYL: The Sleepwalkers, Action Andy
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Inception: San Diego, 1973
Ex-Band Members: Jonny Viau, Saxophone Craig Carlstrom, undetermined Dick Winter, undetermined Reuben Vigil, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), undetermined Dale Breeden, undetermined Eric Miller, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals Russ Brown, undetermined Rev Treptoe, undetermined
Influences: The Allman Brothers, Steely Dan, the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Boz Scaggs
Orbis Max originally formed in San Diego in the early 1970s, playing covers of songs by the Allman Brothers, Steely Dan, the Eagles, Jackson Browne, and Boz Scaggs. Original members included guitarist Reuben Vigil (later of Big Reub and the Reloaders), guitarist/singer Eric Miller (later of Arrowhead), sax player Jonny Viau (later of King Biscuit Blues Band), Craig Carlstrom, Don Baake, Dick Winter, Dale Breeden, and Eric Miller. Later players in the 1970s included Russ Brown and Rev Treptoe.
Thirty years later, several of the members regrouped as Orbis 2.0 to record new original music, with members based in Poway and all over the country and the U.K. Version 2.0 includes Don Baake, Rod Bennett, Bruce Walker (West of 5), and drummer D.W., who plays with San Diego based roots rockers the Sleepwalkers.
In 2016, as Orbis Max & Friends, the band released The Old Crazy Bastards Club Email Sessions. The Orbis Max song "Can't Live Without Your Love" was included on the 2016 Flavor of the Month various artists compilation from the Ice Cream Man label.