Fun and entertaining, that’s the Janie Steele & Pacific Electric Band, offering an infectious blend of popular music. “When you enjoy yourself and create excitement on stage, your audience has a good time,” says the dynamo bandleader Janie Steele, who brings good times with afternoon gigs at the Viva Fresh Cantina in Burbank.
“Hot summer days were made for sipping a cold beer or margarita, good food, and music — it’s the best,” says Janie, also an actress who has appeared on Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, and in numerous commercials.
Creating a party atmosphere, the band’s music is diverse. They offer country hits along with Sinatra, Tony Bennett, pop tunes, some wonderful originals — there’s something for everyone. “And we love when people request their favorite songs. We’ve got a lot of folks who want to hear the Beach Boys tunes and other fun summer songs.” The music they performed with awesome vocals can get the crowd swinging and slow dancing.
Viva Fresh’s manager Cody Bryant is also a fine musician, so he has created a great venue for the band led by Janie Steele, who energizes everyone. Joining her are bandmates Jimmy Harris, bass/vocals; Mark Marino, keyboard, lead guitar/singer; drummer Shawn Norris (who has produced the band’s CD, out this fall); and Kurt Fries, keyboard/vocals and co-musical director with Steele. On the music circuit for more than ten years, they’ve played clubs, special events, festivals, and casinos.
Janie Steele & Pacific Electric is back 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Viva Fresh Cantina located at 900 W. Riverside Dr. in Burbank, Saturdays, Aug. 3, 10, and 31. The band’s repertoire features country, rock, swing, current hits, and standards. To contact this great band, call (818) 752-9391, or (818) 209-3676, or go to JanieSteeleandPacificElectric.com.