KIX founding member and guitarist joins All Access Live to discuss putting the finishing touches on a band that spanned 45 years! There’s no doubt he’ll have plenty of stories to share about the ultimate decision to wrap up the band’s career that might have one of the most rabid fan bases of it’s genre.

The American hard rock band Kix was formed in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1978. The band’s classic lineup included Ronnie “10/10” Younkins and Brian “Damage” Forsythe on guitar, Donnie Purnell on bass, Steve Whiteman on vocals, and Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant on drums. Kix’s influences included hard rock, punk, and other styles, and they were known for singles like “Blow My Fuse”, “Cold Blood”, and “Don’t Close Your Eyes”. The band released several albums, including their self-titled debut in 1981, Cool Kids in 1983, Midnite Dynamite, and Blow My Fuse in 1988. Kix achieved popularity in the 1980s and toured with other bands like AC/DC, Aerosmith, and David Lee Roth. The band disbanded in 2023 after a 45-year career.

Mark Powers is one of the Pacific Northwest’s secret weapons. A skilled tradesman possessing a vast wealth of capabilities, not only in the percussion realm, but as a stalwart music industry journeyman. On top of that, the guy climbs a mean rock wall! Hang out and chat with Mark to discover why so many artists seek him out to perfect their live and studio presentations.

“It’s an honor to have shared the stage over the years with artists as diverse as Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Devon Evans (of Bob Marley and the Wailers), Clyde Stubblefield, Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries, Bad Company’s Lynn Sorensen, [America’s Polka King] the late Frankie Yankovic, disco sensations The Afrodisiacs, 80’s nerd-rockers The Spazmatics, Mbrascatu, King Black Acid, Portland Cello Project, Floater and more.

I feel equally as fortunate to have contributed drumset and/or percussion tracks to a number of incredible recording projects, including releases by M.Ward, She & Him, Mbrascatu, Haley Johnsen, Falls, Amanda Richards, Robert Wynia & The Sound, Drumattica, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, Elke Robitaille, Cult of Orpheus and others.

I’ve also had the pleasure of appearing on tracks that feature Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of R.E.M., Neko Case, and k.d. lang.”

A guitar player, writer, producer, and composer, Stevie Salas has recorded on over 70 different albums with artists as diverse as George Clinton, Justin Timberlake, Buddy Miles, T.I., Mick Jagger, and Rod Stewart. Having sold over two million solo albums around the world, Stevie has been cited as one of the top 50 guitarists of all time.

Dreaming of a career in music, Stevie left the small town of Oceanside, California in 1985. Eight months later he was discovered by funk music legend George Clinton as the lead guitarist for Clinton’s albums. Stevie received his first major label producer credit with “Was (Not Was)” when he co-produced the UK hit “Out Come the Freaks” from the Album “What up Dog?” Rolling Stone Magazine listed “What up Dog?” as one of the top 100 records of the decade.
Stevie Salas and George Clinton

In 1988, Stevie was asked to join Rod Stewart on a world tour as lead guitarist. Skipping cities in a private jet to sold-out stadiums led to Stevie signing the largest record deal Island Records had ever paid for a new artist. Stevie’s first record, “Colorcode,” is still a cult classic in the UK and Europe, and his second solo album, “Back from the Living,” ousted the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith for “Best Album” in Japan.

Stevie Salas and Rod StewartStevie's Album Colorcode

An accomplished composer, Stevie is credited with providing the score for several films including Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and the 2009 film Darfur. Over 50 of Stevie’s compositions have been released on major labels.

Poster for Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

From 2006 to 2010, Salas served as music director and consultant for American Idol and 19 Entertainment, nurturing Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, and their respective touring bands for subsequent American tours.

Adam Lambert

A Native American, Stevie has been involved in prominent projects that support indigenous communities, including serving as the Advisor of Contemporary Music at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. For his efforts in support of Native American culture, Stevie received the Native American Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Native American Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009Stevie Salas in the Smithsonian

Stevie is continually making his mark in television by working as the Executive Producer on several successful venture. He co-hosted Arbor Live!, a musical variety show featuring aboriginal artists for 3 jam-packed seasons.

In 2014 Stevie wrote When We Were the Boys, a memoir about Stevie’s first tour with Rod Stewart. The book met with outstanding reviews and was #1 for 8 weeks on Amazon’s book chart.

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When We Were the Boys Book Cover

His long-awaited film “Rumble” rocked the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, receiving a prestigious Special Jury Award for World Cinema Documentary. At the same time Stevie released a collaborative album with Japan’s Koshi Inaba under the name “Inaba/Salas.” “Chubby Groove” went to #2 on the Japanese Album charts supported by a sold-out CHUBBY GROOVE TOUR throughout Japan.

2024 shows the fruits of immense labor, with Stevie receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award in his hometown of San Diego, California. Catching up with this legend is a rarity, and his stories are those worthy of a dozen episodes. We will pack what we can into this one!

THE FLIRTS are a female trio spawning several Dance hits and music videos in MTV in the early 80’s. The group was created by American producer Bobby Orlando, known around the world for their smash dance club hits “DANGER” & “JUKEBOX”, receiving heavy airplay on MTV and appearing on several 80’s New Wave compilations including the VALLEY GIRL film soundtrack.

Their biggest chart success in America was with “YOU AND ME”, which hit number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, and have had several world tours, including Europe, South America and several Latin American Countries.

The current lineup features founding member Christina Criscione and her vibrant and talented partners Kim Rowe and Danielle McKee. I was fortunate enough to play with them for a couple of shows in recent years, and have gotten to know them as incredibly lovely and sweet humans. Come Flirt live with us!

Although there were many incarnations of bands Dan performed with in South Dakota and in Portland it was in December of 1985 where he truly first began his musical journey as the lead singer of a band called “The Dan Reed Network”. Garnering huge local support Dan Reed Network was signed to Polygram in 1987 by Derek Shulman, famed A+R man who signed ‘Bon Jovi’.

Managed by Bill Graham and Q-Prime later, DRN played opening act on European tours for Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Midnight Oil, and performed in America with Run DMC and toured with UB40. Selling nearly 2 million albums worldwide, DRN was part of the funk rock movement and released three albums with Polygram between 1989 and 1992. The Dan Reed Network released three successful albums to much critical and commercial success between 1988 and 1992 and had the opportunity to work with producer greats Bruce Fairbairn, and Nile Rogers for the three Polygram releases, while managed by Bill Graham and Q-Prime respectively.

DRN got to see the world opening for such bands as RUN DMC, UB40, David Bowie and Bon Jovi, eventually becoming the supporting act for the Rolling Stones’ 1991 European tour. It was at this time Dan journeyed to India with Bob Guccione Jr., editor of Spin Magazine, to interview the Dalai Lama for magazine. It was during this trip that Dan began to hunger for more than the music scene had to offer. This trip was the catalyst to a long journey that eventually took Dan back to music in 2008, and to where he belonged… writing and performing new music about new experiences without the baggage of some “rock star image”.

Reed took a long hiatus from the music business in early 2003 and spent 4 years in Northern India and Jerusalem, living in a Tibetan Monastery and studying religions while in the Middle East. Coming back to music in 2009 he now performs extensively throughout Europe and the United States, both with his solo band and DRN and has in recent years performed at the ‘Sweden Rock Festival’ and England’s ‘Download Festival’.

We’ll talk new material, Dan Reed Network, his bourgeoning career as an artist and how parenting changed his perspective on life.

“I just felt it was time to get back to something that feels real, organic, and in tune with the current human condition.” – Reed


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Established over 55 years ago, Music Millennium is the oldest record store in existence in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout their history, they’ve carried the ever-evolving gamut of formats including LP, 45, reel-to-reel, 8-track, cassette, DAT, compact disc, mini-disc, DCC and CD-ROM.

As people who know and love music, Music Millennium has hosted an array of in-store performances and autograph appearances over the years, including the likes of Richard Thompson, Luscious Jackson, Loreena McKennitt, Maureen McCormick (aka “Marcia Brady”), Blue Rodeo, Shonen Knife, Matthew Sweet, Soundgarden, Mike Watt, Don Walser, Sheryl Crow, Randy Newman, Everclear, Jewel, Little Feat, Susannah Hoffs, Joe Strummer and Cheap Trick to name a few.

Be sure to check out their current calender of events online at https://musicmillennium.com. You can visit Portland’s homegrown music store at 3158 E. Burnside (at 32nd).

For the past 30 years Jimmie Dean has been involved in the music industry as a musical instrument distributor, retail sales authority, e-Commerce manager, customer service expert, and a professional drummer.

Currently, his company Dean Music Group focuses on finding stage monitoring solutions for musicians and audio professionals through sales of products like Ultimate Ears. He also manages all e-Commerce data for Denver’s Rupp’s Drums.

As the former US representative for Porter & Davies, Jimmie managed US service center operations, product distribution, sales, artist relations, and marketing strategies for the company. He helped Porter & Davies US secure agreements with top retailers, including Sweetwater Music, Sam Ash, AMS, Bananas At Large, Bentleys Drum Shop, Skip’s Music, and Vic’s Drum Shop.

Jimmie established product representation in backline and tour support companies across the US, including SIR, Center Staging, Claire, PSI, Angel City Drum Works, and Sound Check.

Jimmie also created forward-thinking relationships with musical manufacturers such as Aviom Systems, Drum Workshop, and Roland.

Furthermore, he developed ongoing conversations with nationally recognized music education programs such as Musician’s Institute and the Collective School of Music in New York.

Jimmie continues to play drums professionally week to week. He prides himself on being able to play in almost any situation due to large variety of acts and performers he has been honored to work with over the years. You can find more about Jimmie at www.deanmusicgroup.com

Tony Stewart started DJING in 85’ where he had his start in teen night clubs is Southern California. In the 90’s he moved to LA and worked at a Dj specialty store called Beat Non Stop for 9yrs as a dance music buyer. Tony worked at most of all the major Hollywood clubs like The Roxbury, Bar One and Sunset Room just to name a few. In the early 2000’s he was asked to be the Dj on a 32 show tour headlining with BT and Hooverphonic. Currently he is active DJING clubs in SoCal and staying active in the Dj scene.

Strange Advance was initially made up of Drew Arnott (keyboards, percussion, vocals), Darryl Kromm (lead vocals, guitars), and Paul Iverson (bass). The three met in Vancouver and founded the group in 1980. Initially called Metropolis, they changed their name after discovering a band in Germany using “Metropolis”.

The group’s first album, Worlds Away featured the title track, “Worlds Away”, which saw modest airplay in North American markets in 1983. The album was produced by Bruce Fairbairn, known for his work with Loverboy and Prism, but featured a very different sound from those groups. Rather than commercial hard rock, Strange Advance’s music was a fusion of progressive rock and new wave, with a heavy reliance on synthesizers and keyboards.

Iverson left the group after the first album and was not replaced. The group’s 1985 album 2WO also went gold in Canada and was produced by Arnott, using an extensive array of session players, and brought the band their first big Canadian hit with “We Run”. Strange Advance had never played a live gig prior to 1985, so Arnott and Kromm added musicians Ric deGroot (keyboards), Ian Cameron (guitar, violin), Joey Alvero (bass) and David Quinton (drums) to the line-up as session players, and supported the first two albums with a tour of Eastern Canada.

Strange Advance’s third album, 1988’s The Distance Between also used well-known session musicians (including Randy Bachman and Allan Holdsworth), and produced the top 20 single “Love Becomes Electric”. Following this album’s release, the group became essentially inactive. Arnott stated in 2021 that other music genres such as grunge were gaining popularity, and he wasn’t interested in changing the group’s sound.

In 1995, the Strange Advance compilation album Worlds Away & Back featured a mix of previously released material, outtakes, remixes, demos, and three newly recorded tracks—one from 1991, and two from 1995.

Scooter pro Walter Perez has been all over the world influencing the masses with his love and dedication to the sport. We’ll talk about the importance of brand representation in the realm of sport marketing, the good and bad of what’s out there influencing the youth of today, and the differences he sees in the culture between the U.S. and other countries he’s traveled to as an ambassador to the sport.

Marc Ferrari is a former major label recording artist, music publishing executive, film and TV actor, and published author. He has sold over 2 million albums, toured the world alongside some of music’s most popular bands, appeared in the hit movies Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2, and has written music that has been used in over 500 network TV shows and major motion pictures. But screaming fans, fawning minions, and all the trappings of fame could not prepare Ferrari for his biggest challenge: settling down to a life of domesticity and becoming father to a precocious, oblivious-to-time daughter who tests him in ways he never imagined! Ferrari lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, and a slew of family pets.

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