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March 28 — The Boulevard Tavern
Tuesday night the 28th we play at the Blvd Tavern starting at 8:00 pm.
March 24 — The Monkey Barrel
Friday night the 24th the full band plays at the Monkey Barrel from 9:00 pm to 1:00 pm. The Monkey Barrel is located at 214 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV
Thanks to our many fans for coming out to the “Live on the Levee” show on June 10th. We had a blast!!! The local paper put the crowd as >7000. Check out our Facebook page for some great photos and a few video clips.
Thank you for supporting local live music and we hope to see you again soon at another show.
Mark Miller- Guitar & Vocals
“Our music is our own sound. We call it Mountain Rock and it’s like nothing else that’s being played today,” Mark Miller says. Born in 1961, Mark started playing guitar when he was about 10 years old. He wrote his first song in the fifth grade, and started recording his original music professionally in high school. At one time he had two songs on local radio, which Mark will tell you “felt really good and lasted a second or two.”
Mark always knew that his life was about music; he knew the music would take control at some point. “I think it’s the reason I was put on this earth,” he says. “It feels as natural to me as the water I drink and the air I breathe.” Mark even sleeps with his acoustic guitar and a Tascam DR40 recorder by his bed, because sometimes a song comes to him in the middle of the night. For Mark, when life starts getting tougher, more songs come. Here is a guy who loves and embraces life with all of his heart, who believes in the American dream, and whose raw emotions bubble up in his songs.
When asked what he would say to his fans Mark replies, “I hope you can relate to my music. Maybe it will move you. If you listen, my many stories are there. It’s in the songs that help shape and make our band an American original. Ask me what will change the world. It will be you and me–one heart at a time. Thanks for listening.”
Rick Wegman – Lead Guitar.
Rick’s always got a guitar in his hands, and can’t remember a time when he didn’t. His family moved from Florida to a town near San Francisco when he was a teenager, and his musical world exploded. At that time, there was great access to music in the SF Bay Area. Jimi Hendrix, Mike Bloomfield, Albert King and other greats influenced Rick’s guitar playing and musical ideas. When he met Mark Miller, here was a kindred musical spirit who, like Rick, is dedicated to original American music.
Rob Robertson – Bass & Keyboards
Like many musicians, Rob got his first taste of creating music from classical piano lessons. After a brief detour into jazz, he found that the electronic sound of the early ‘80s resonated with him. This led him to join a local Charleston band, Under Surveillance, where he played synthesizers.
Rob is currently knee-deep in a slew of music projects ranging from his solo work, which can be found at www.soundcloud.com/sardonic-smile, to experimental electronic music with a group called SuperFetch, which streams live most every Saturday night on YouTube under the name “SuperFetch Sound”. A self-produced CD can be found at www.cdbaby.com/cd/superfetch5 (which Rob describes as a “spontaneous electro mind meld”). Of course, his other big music project is jamming with The Mark Miller Band.
Jake Wegman – Drums
Even before he was born, Jake demonstrated an uncanny ability to keep a beat; it wasn’t unusual for him to kick his mama in perfect 4/4 time, and he has kept up the beat ever since. At five years old he was playing on his first drum kit. He played quads in the junior high and high school drum lines and in the West Virginia University marching band. During this time, he also played in local bands. After he graduated from WVU Law School, Jake moved back to home to Charleston to take the job he has now, as an Assistant Attorney General.
Besides his day job, he has continued to drive a steady beat on his drums in local metal bands, most notably the thrash metal band Nation. He has been a member of The Mark Miller Band from its inception.
Tim Carper – keyboards, percussion, vocals
A Charleston native, Tim began studying drums and piano in childhood, and has been writing and performing music most of his life. Since joining his first band at age 13, Tim has become a familiar face in the local music scene. He has performed vocal duties and either played keyboards or drums in many bands, including Tangent, Lakeside, 24-7, River, Krank, and Frye’s Alley. In 2015, Tim collaborated with many fellow musicians from the Charleston area and elsewhere to record the Veterans Benefit CD and do a live, recorded show in May of that year at the Empty Glass. This project was done to raise money for the Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center in Charleston who assists homeless veterans.
In addition to recently joining his friend Mark Miller with his band, Tim also currently sings lead vocals and pounds the drum kit with the hard rock trio, MFT, and handles auxiliary percussion and backing vocals for the Pink Floyd tribute band, USFLOYD.
On the songwriting front, Tim has been in the studio with producer Jack Griffith, recording and mixing a new 11 track CD of his music. He hopes to have his album finished soon, but you can get an early listen to some of the songs when you come to the next Mark Miller Band show!