Greenlight is an eight-piece dance band that can be expanded to eleven. Led by drummer Neal Wehman, this dynamic group is making waves with an unprecedented contemporary repertoire and interactive performance style. Experience Greenlight for an exhilarating and unforgettable event.
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Powerhouse drummer Neal Wehman puts the four on the floor and reads the pulse of the party. As Greenlight’s leader and Drummer-in-Chief, Neal navigates the flow and provides the driving backbeat for every event. His energy and enthusiasm is contagious.
Passion, verve and adrenaline.
A graduate of the prestigious University of Miami School of Music, Neal has been featured in Downbeat Magazine and has made appearances at some of Chicago’s premier concert venues including Millennium Park, House of Blues, The Metro and Double Door. He has recorded with a variety of artists including Breakers Broken and Ghosthouse, and has just released his first solo album.
Sarah’s voice defies gravity. Her skills are staggering, yet the true magic lies in the joyful and captivating way she blends influences ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Stevie Wonder to Beyoncé. This spectacular vocalist got her start singing gospel music in her Indiana church and has been wowing audiences ever since.
A Star is Born.
Since graduating from Columbia College with a degree in jazz performance, Sarah has shared the stage with Earth, Wind & Fire, Christian McBride, The Yellowjackets and Buddy Guy. In 2009 she released a solo album entitled Expressive, and in 2010 she was recognized by Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, and Al Jarreau as a finalist in the esteemed Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2011, Sarah won first place in the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition under presiding judge Quincy Jones who exclaimed, “The girl can sing!”
Aaron’s voice is boundless. With star power and natural charisma, he makes the connection between the great soul singers of yesterday and modern day R&B legends in the making.
Aaron is the winner of the 2005 Chicago Idol sponsored by Fox News and in 2007 he was named a top ten finalist in a national talent search conducted by Tyler Perry. Jennifer Hudson hand-picked Aaron to sing with her in 2009 for a special performance on The Today Show in New York City. Then in 2011, he sang before a national audience on NBC’s popular singing competition The Voice.
Chás Kimbrough is a complete natural. She sings straight from the heart with a voice that is powerful and passionate. Her extraordinary sound is reminiscent of Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston.
Smooth, rich and silky.
Descending from musical royalty, Chás’ grandmother was an opera singer and her great-grandfather was a trumpet player with the legendary Nat King Cole. Showing promise early on, she was selected to perform with Hal Jackson’s Talented Teens and sang for Grammy-winning artists Alicia Keys and Musiq Soulchild. Chás is a first place winner on television’s Showtime at the Apollo and a regular on WGN’s Singsation.
Greenlight’s guitar hero in residence Tim Yamaya fires up the crowd with lightning riffs, explosive solos and smooth moves.
He’s bringing sexy back.
Tim got his start at the Chicago Music Institute as a violinist, but once he discovered the electric guitar, it was all over. He went on to master his skills at the University of Miami’s School of Music. Tim has established his reputation as a versatile and in-demand player having performed in hotspots all over Chicago including the House of Blues, Martyr’s and The Metro. His original music has been featured on Q101 and WXRT radio.
Keyboardist Stuart Mindeman’s got the touch. He’s a virtuoso pianist and synthesist who can effortlessly pedal from Beethoven to Duke Ellington to Flo Rida. Whether you’re walking down the aisle or getting down on the dance floor, Stuart’s got it covered.
Cool Hand Stu.
Stuart has performed all over the world. He has toured South America and Europe and recently showcased his talents at the Lotos Jazz Festival in Poland. He has shared the stage with notables Fareed Haque, John Clayton, Rodney Whitaker, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico and Claudio Roditi. Stuart is on faculty at the Chicago Academy for the Arts and serves as a music director for Chicago’s own Second City.
Bryan is a groove guru who was born to play the bass. He’s the glue that holds the rhythm together. From James Brown to Sly Stone to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, he has distilled his influences into a singular funky sound that is altogether his own.
Nothing to prove but groove.
Bryan is a graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts. He has performed with Koko Taylor, Wycliffe Gordon, Regina Carter, and Jim McNeely and is one of Chicago’s most in-demand bassists for live and studio work.
Sax man Rocky Yera goes the distance every time he performs. With his devastating tone and contemporary voice, Rocky’s talent is undisputed.
Sax to the max.
Cuban born Rocky Yera had already won two Downbeat Magazine performance awards and toured Japan and Korea with Tito Puente Jr. before completing his Master of Music from DePaul University. He has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Dave Koz, Arturo Sandoval, Eliane Elias and Frank Catalano. Rocky is the winner of the prestigious Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Jazz Improvisation Competition 2010, and can be heard at some of Chicago’s top music venues including House of Blues, The Jazz Showcase and The Green Mill.
Photo credits: Marc Perlish Photography and Fandl Photography