Country Party Band Branded to Play Napa Valley’s Twin Pine Casino
In the Napa Valley, the place to go for great live music and unique acts is Twin Pine Casino and Hotel. In mid-September you’ll be treated to a “country” band that isn’t your typical country band. Branded has a one-of-a-kind style that turns a simple concert into an amazing musical experience. The lasers, lights, and smoke are your cue that you’re about to see something new — country music, party style!
Based in Sacramento, Branded is a band that Sacramento Magazine called the “Biggest Small Band” in the city. After you see their show, you understand why. This group of highly skilled, high-energy musicians travels with a professional sound engineer and a full lighting crew that helps them put on a memorable “event” every time they play. It’s one of the most impressive local music experiences you’ll see.
To understand what drives these guys to put it all out there every night, you need to know a little bit about them:
Ryan Raynal – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Raised on a steady stream of Garth Brooks, Allan Jackson, George Strait, and Reba McEntire, Ryan got his first guitar at age 10 and has been rocking ever since. A roofer, student, and aspiring firefighter, he truly takes a “work hard, play hard” approach to life.
Tony Ebster – Drums/Backing Vocals
A fan of Def Leppard and Metallica growing up, Tony got his first guitar as a gift from his mother in high school. Not a fan of the music being taught in the beginning guitar class he took as a freshman, he decided to chart his own course as a musician. With a musical background that has ranged from punk and metal to rock and country, and from guitar to bass to drums, he’s now settled in behind the kit for Branded.
Zac Rome – Bass/Vocals
Zac proudly admits to being a Backstreet Boys fan as a kid, because they were the guys that got the girls. His own musical trajectory started not with pop but punk and rock bands in high school. A veteran of eight years in the United States Army, he returned to music after two tours in Iraq. Zac likes nothing better than helping people forget about their challenges for a while and simply enjoy a great show.
Jesse Szabo – Guitar
Jesse’s first musical influence was the incomparable guitar playing of Eddie Van Halen. He thanks his father for introducing him to Van Halen, Def Leppard, and Rush. He started playing guitar in sixth grade, and later played bass and drums in punk and metal bands in high school. From there it was on to funk and country to round out his musical pedigree. He loves to see a solid guitar riff light up someone’s face.
Phil Hart – Sound Engineer/Manager
Branded would not be Branded without the incredible work of sound engineer extraordinaire and manager Phil Hart. A former keyboardist, today Phil’s passion is the magic he makes behind the soundboard.
Mark Your Calendar: Branded at Twin Pine Napa Casino September 16 and 17
You are going to want to be at our Napa Valley casino September 16 or 17 (or possibly both!) to see Branded live. Mark your calendar and start making plans.