The Band

Sonic Spectrum

At a glance

Arena Rock, Funk, Pop & Soul!

Sonic Spectrum hails from Wilmington, NC and powerfully delivers an eclectic mix of funk, rock, pop & soul. Mike Lewis (lead vocals) presents an impressive range, accurately recreating Al Green, Prince, Axel Rose and Rick James just to name a few. Guitarist, Jonathan Easterlin (AKA “Juan Solo”) adds to the band’s diversity with funky rhythms, crushing riffs and shredding guitar solos, making guitar parts from Van Halen, Ozzy and Journey look easy. Benjamin Baldwin (drums) holds down a tight and heavy groove through many favorites by James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Sublime, Billy Idol, Adele and many more acclaimed artists.

Mike Lewis

Lead Vocals / Keyboard

At a glance

-------- Favorite Singer --------

Chris Cornell

-------- Favorite Band --------

Dream Theater

----- Other instruments -----

drums, keyboards, bass

----------- Hometown -----------

Marshallberg, NC

-Favorite part of a chicken-

the nuggets

 

Mike Lewis on the Azalea Festival main stage

Mike Lewis on the Azalea Festival main stage

Mike Lewis has been singing since age six. He played Carnegie Hall in high school, and performed with the Virginia Symphony during his college years.

No stranger to the stage, he has taken home 1st prize in several singing competitions throughout the years: for example, Wild Wing Cafe’s Rock Idol contest in 2011.

Mike has shared the stage with Agent Orange, 38 Special, Jefferson Starship and now with the Millenia Funk’n as their lead singer for over 3 years.

Benjamin Baldwin

Drums / samples

At a glance

------ Favorite bands ------

Alice in Chains, Megadeth, Dream Theater, Daft Punk, Gnarls Barkley

---- Favorite drummer ----

Mike Portnoy

------ Favorite foods ------

 anything Asian

----- Favorite heroes -----

TMNT, X-Men, Spiderman, Batman

 

Faster drummer than Superman

Faster drummer than Superman

“Double Bass” Ben has been writing, performing, and teaching music for piano, guitar, bass, and percussion for over 20 years.

Focusing on percussion, he graduated with a performance degree from East Carolina University in 2006, where he met guitarist Jonathan Easterlin on the drum line in 2001.

He has served as a drum line captain, private lessons instructor, orchestral/theater percussionist, and a funk/rock/metal drummer, spending countless hours in live performance, personal practice and education.

Jonathan “Juan Solo” Easterlin

Guitar

At a glance

--- Favorite attack ---

Kwon Sau Thrust Kick

------ Favorite weapon ------

 Rubber Chicken Chucks

-Favorite type of hot dog-

 Decoy Weiner

-Least favorite position-

96

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan has been a musician since age five, practicing multiple instruments extensively. Though electric guitar is his main focus, his background includes East Carolina University School of  Music, ECU’s drum line and a National Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence.

This dude can seriously shred.