Best described as the "new vintage," WiFEE and the HUZz BAND is sure to rock your socks off! Vocalists Ruby James and Stephen Cooper front this ten piece powerhouse, leading the listener through their emotional love story with the reinforcement of a full horn section and a smokin' rhythm section that will take you back to the glory days of Motown while being on the forefront of today's cutting edge.
The story of this group begins with the chance meeting of Ruby and Coopy in the summer of 2012, and revolves around the whirlwind love that the two immediately had for each other. The combination of these two incredible performers has created an unlikely marriage of musical styles that not only captivates the senses but steals your heart away!
Pulling from their combined influences of Rock and Roll, Jazz, Americana, R&B, Rockabilly, and Soul, Ruby and Coop have assembled a band consisting of rock-n-rollers, jazz musicians, punk rockers, college trained craftsmen, and self taught savants to orchestrate a sound that has all the subtlety of a stick of dynamite!
This formidable collection includes Ruby James on lead vocals, guitar, and percussion; Stephen Cooper on lead vocals and tenor saxophone; Greg Roteik on bass; Barrett Tasky on keyboards and backing vocals; Zach Vogel on guitar and backing vocals; Chris Scheer and Michael Underwood on drums; Kurt Shipe, Greg Garcia, and Quentin Volk on trumpet; Tom VandenAvond and Tyler Jennings Henderson on trombone; and Julio Reyes and Jerod Kaszynski on baritone saxophone.
Tender, heartfelt, and explosive vocals overlay the powerful, driving locomotive rhythm of the band… virtuosic soloists echoing tales of bitter sweet romances and true love stories… a horn section with militant precision conjuring ghosts of a bygone era...and the unbelievably immediate love story of two people fused together so swiftly and with such intensity it is as if they have always been together, WiFEE and the HUZz BAND will grab you in an instant and have you dancing and singing along from the very first note!!
"These people are brimming with the right stuff, and together they make it sizzle.
You can almost hear the crackle of electricity between them."
Jim Lundstrom, Penninsula Pulse
"It is an infectious pop tour de force that utilizes the fun rock of the 50’s and 60’s with
big band R&B to inform a robust, very danceable, horn-accented sound."
George Halas, Valley Scene
We are a 10 piece, original music heavy band with Full Horn Section and a DJ in our entirety pulling from influences of old Soul, Motown, 50's-60's Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues and some Funk. People often ask for a word or two to explain the sound and how to sum all that up into one word, I have no idea. We're the "New Vintage", "New Classic Soul", or how about just Bad Ass! We'll knock your socks off, I do know that! Most of our Original songs have been written by Coopy (CoopDeville- THE HUZz) and I (Kitty CoopDeville- THE WIFEE) together and with some other great writer and musician friends from Steel Bridge Songfest and other Holiday Music Motel events. The idea for this band came about on August 6th 2012 when we got engaged at Poh's Pub on our dear friend pat mAcdonald's birthday! We've both played a lot of music over the years with many great artists and bands and we're happy to have come together to bring you these new but old familiar sounds that are WIFEE and the HUZz! "Songs of Eternal Love and Immediate Satisfaction" says pat mAcdonald... We are WIFEE and the HUZz BAND and we will fill your soul with love while making you shake yo' booty all night long!
with love, Kitty CoopDeville