Jeremy Lechner loves to play the drums. It is his passion and something he has been doing since he was a teenager.
Lechner is a member of the Stella’s Basement band which performs at venues all over Broward County. Recently the band performed at JD’s in Coral Springs. “We are having a fun time playing people want to hear us play. We play music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s and we play alternative music. We play diverse music. This is something we do for fun,” he said.
Most of the bands that perform at JDs perform because they love music and love to play in front of an audience. Many of the bands have a following and will bring their fans to JDs. Stella’s Basement and other bands that perform at JD’s are considered cover bands.
To do well you need to practice and practice some more,” said Lechner. “It is a fantastic mental and spiritual outlet. It is my outlet.”
Billy Simonelli, plays guitar for Stella’s Basement. For him is a great hobby. “I have been playing since I was four. I have played in front of 5,000 people when I was into the heavy metal scene. I practice and practice. I always try to get better,” he said.
Dane Lyons is the vocalist. He believes that successful singers must be themselves and find an area where they are good. “I am a talented vocalist. I was in a college band. “I considered myself a good vocalist and I focus on that,” he said.
During performances he sings with passion and often goes into the audience to sing.
Curtis Lewis plays base. Has been on tour. I love it. To be successful as a base player you really have to practice. It also takes talent,” he said.
The bands that perform at places like JDs are considered cover bands. They will approach the venues, offer to perform and gradually develop a reputation. “Our customers like old style rock and roll. Many will bring their clientele,” said Michael Lombardo, manager of JDs,