THE NAKED DREADIES
Praire Prince (The Tubes, Todd Rundgren, Jefferson Starship, Journey)- drums/percussion
Keith Graves (Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jerry Miller Band, Jefferson Starship)> - bass
Normal Bean (The Normal Bean Show) - vocals/guitar
Kris Milligan - (Normal Bean Band) - washtub/vocals
Miz Heather - (Normal Bean Band) - vocals
Russ Penn - (Normal Bean Band) - guitar
Klyph Black - (Zen Tricksters) - bass/guitar/vocals
PRAIRIE PRINCE is a member of the The Tubes, The New Cars and Todd Rundgren and was a founding member of Journey. He has also worked with Chris Isaak (on his first four albums), Brian Eno, David Byrne, XTC, Tom Waits, Paul Kantner, George Harrison, Dick Dale, Glenn Frey, Richard Marx, Bill Spooner, Neil Hamburger, John Fogerty, Tommy Bolin, Phil Lesh and former Tubes and Grateful Dead keyboardist, Vince Welnick.
Prairie s also an accomplished graphic artist, designing the album cover artwork for Rundgren's 1981 album, "Healing" and Welnick's 1998 album, "Missing Man Formation", among others. Along with his creative partner, Michael Cotten, he has created numerous set designs for major artists including Billy Joel, Bette Middler, N'Sync, The Tubes and Todd Rundgren.
Recently, Prairie completed a tour with The New Cars including Todd Rundgren, bassist Kasim Sulton (Rundgren's Utopia bandmate) and original Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes. He also continues to play with The Tubes.
KEITH GRAVES plays bass and drums with Jerry Miller (formerly of Moby Grape) and has been a bass player for Quicksilver Messenger Service. Keith fills in on bass at times with Jefferson Starship and It's A Beautiful Day. He has also been recording and performing with Bay Area’s Kevin Cadogan, former songwriter/guitarist for Third Eye Blind. As well, he is currently working with Prairie Prince and Diana Mangano on a recording project at his LEROX Studio in Santa Cruz. Keith's musical beginnings came, in part, from growing up with Gabe Butterfield (son of Paul Butterfield) and forming their first band in high school.
NORMAL BEAN is an amazing guitar player you have to see live to really appreciate his energetic spirit. Normal is truly an extension of the Dead family's Oregon, and Hippie's own, next generation of Merry Prankster's. His original songs have a Hendrix-like vibe creating musical magic in the air!
Mind blowing guitar stunts coupled with songs made up in the moment for original music that doesn't get much better. Normal is a lyrical and melody add-lib master. He is also a prolific songwriter with thousands of homespun tunes...keeping the ADD-Libb shows alive. As well, Normal is the west coast producer of several independent productions and is the Comcast Cable Reality TV show host for "The Normal Bean Show", presently broadcasting to over 90,000 homes in North West Oregon and 1.5 million homes in Santa Cruz, plus the Bay Area on cable access.
KLYPH BLACK has appeared on international stages with heavy metal bands, helped introduce MTV with two videos, then re-crafted his career with the Zen Tricksters, a band that moved from Grateful Dead covers to gaining fame for originals.
The Zen Tricksters will perform a 30th anniversary show at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill in Manhattan on October 25th. With a revolving roster of players, the group released three studio recordings, plus one live album with Donna Jean Godchaux, a former backup vocalist with The Grateful Dead who was married to the band’s late keyboardist Keith Godchaux.
Klyph's first musical credits include the 1970's band: Vendetta and the 1980's band Urgent, which released the singles, “Running Back” and “I Can’t Take It No More” as MTV videos.
Through it all, Klyph held on to his own band, Rumor Has It. Attention to Rumor Has It ebbed and flowed as the Zen Tricksters, Black & Sparrow (a collaboration with Johnny Sparrow) and other groups and gigs demanded his talents.