PLAYER PROFILES

Meet Your Late Night Live Production Team

ROB RUTZ

Late Night Live Project Coordinator 

& Master Of Ceremonies

The Players

Bill Goldman
"The Grid" Designer/Coordinator
Devora Goldman
"The Grid" Website Technical Advisor
Joel Simches
Late Night Live
Stage Manager
Ken Slater
Late Night Live
Scheduling Coordinator
Bob Harris
Late Night Live Keyboard Advisor & Tech Support
Samy-George Salib
Grid Team
New Player Liaison
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Carolyn Jean Corella
Late Night Live
Stage Coordinator
Suzanne Reardon-Mulhall
Late Night Live
Stage Coordinator
Ed Mulhall
Late Night Live
Bass Tech
Scott Summers
Late Night Live
Guitar Tech
Dennis Mahon
Late Night Live Vocal
Tech & Stage Support
WIliam Day
Late Night Live
Keyboard Tech/Advisor
George Hoffmann
Late Night Live
Drum Tech
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CAROLYN JEAN CORELLA

Late Night Live

Stage Support/Liaison

SUZANNE MULHALL

Late Night Live

Stage Support/Liaison

ED MULHALL

Late Night Live

Bass Tech Support

SCOTT SUMMERS

Late Night Live

Guitar Tech Support

DENNIS MAHON

Late Light Live

Vocal/Stage Tech Support

WILLIAM DAY

Late Night Live

Keyboard Tech/Advisor

GEORGE HOFFMANN

Late Night Live

Drum Tech Support

DEVORA GOLDMAN

The GRID

Technical Coordinator

BOB HARRIS

Late Night Live

Keyboard Tech/Advisor

KEN SLATER

Late Night Live Scheduling

& Continuity Coordinator

JOEL SIMCHES

Late Night Live

General Stage Manager

BILL GOLDMAN

The GRID

Designer & Coordinator

SAMY-GEORGE SALIB

Grid Team

New Player Liaison

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 LEAD VOCALS:

DEVORA GOLDMAN - BROOKSVILLE,FL

Lead Vocals (also backing vocals, acoustic guitar, mellotron) - - 5th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Carole King, John Denver, Evanescence, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Depeche Mode

My earliest musical memories were listening to Carole King and John Denver on my parents huge stereo, Big Bands coming through Grandmas radio, and music in Temple. I probably sung before I spoke. I was always singing. My parents indulged me by taking me to my favorite restaurants where I could listen to live music. I sang in choir in Temple, then High School and college choirs. I became a music teacher so I could...that's right...keep singing! I sang to my babies and now I sing to my goats! If something comes up in conversation that can be sung to, I'll sing it! I guess I could say "I sing, therefore I am!"

MIRANDA HOFFMANN - SPARTA,NJ

Lead Vocals/Backing Vocals - - 2nd CTTE - Favorite Artists - - Phil Collins, Beatles, Meatloaf, Rush, Genesis, Renaissance, Yes

Looking forward to my first CTTE. I am currently a Junior at Montclair State University studying Early Childhood Education, with Musical Theater Minor. I have been singing as long as I can remember. I have performed as both a lead character and ensemble member in High School musicals such as Oliver, Oklahoma & The Wedding Singer.

VERONIKA HORVEN JENSEN - SPYDEBERG,NORWAY

Lead Vocalist - - 2nd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Marillion, Genesis (Hackett era), King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Depeche Mode, Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Mr Bungles

Music and live shows especially is one of my favorite things in the world!
The emotional and creative connection only music can generate means the world to me, whether I'm on stage or in the audience. I live for the brief moments of eye-contact and shared admiration or hilarity that may occur :D

This is my first cruise! After dreaming about it for years, this year's incredible line-up finally tipped me over the edge ;)

PATRICK IGOE - PHILADELPHIA,PA

Lead Vocals (also keyboards, guitar) - - 3rd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Yes, Marillion, Genesis, King Crimson, ELP, Styx, Neal Morse Band, Spock's Beard, Steven Wilson

Lead singer for Philadelphia-area tribute bands Afterimage (Rush), since 2006, and Know Return (Kansas), since 2013. Occasional keyboards and guitar.   Discovered Yes, Genesis, and Asia as a young teen as their early 80s hits were released, then worked my way backward into 70s prog.  Patent attorney by trade. Dad to an eight-year-old boy.

DENNIS MAHON - PASADENA,CA

Lead Vocals (also bass, drums, guitar, keyboard) - - 5th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: John Wetton, UK, Asia, KIng Crimson, Elton John, Roxy Music, Be Bop Deluxe, No Small Children, Dangerous Stranger, Yes, ELP, etc.

I am building a fighting force of extraordinary magnitude. You have my gratitude. I'll need a dozen towels so the boys can take a shower. Less than if, is more than but, why times equals sometimes not. I am a lesbian trapped in a man's body.

SCOTT MEDINA - BOULDER,CO

Lead & Backing Vocals (also acoustic guitar) - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Spock's, Neal Morse Band, Porcupine Tree/Wilson projects, Yes, Anathema, most symphonic prog bands, world music, new age, and more!

I'm a huge prog rock advocate/fan/zealot. The last two CTTE's and one PNAS cruises I've been on have been some of the highest times of my life. I love music of all styles as well, especially world music, folk and new age/instrumental, but the past 5 years I've mostly been listening to modern prog bands. My main musical outlet is leading evenings of ecstatic chant, also known as Kirtan. This is a spiritual practice that is lovely to offer with groups of people, so I am used to leading crowds of a dozen or a hundred or more. My wife and I also lead workshops and events with chanting as a prime focus. I also am a kids' music performer and pretty much have an acoustic guitar in my hands on a daily basis, though 99% of what I play is much simpler than the prog repertoire. I have released several CD's of my original chanting music, a CD of instrumental finger style guitar and a DVD of my kids music. I also have worked with the homeless community in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado for the past 15 years. 

Please connect with me on Facebook if we're not already "friends" there. I also share a website with my wife for more info on our chanting and events schedule: www.ScottandShanti.com.  I can't wait to continue the prog music adventure on CTTE and beyond! See you there!...

KIRK MITCHELL - ODESSA,FL

Lead Vocals (also flute, acoustic guitar, mandolin, keyboards, violin, harmonica, backing vocals) - - 3rd CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Pink Floyd

My first forays into music were driving my family crazy learning to play John Denver songs on my guitar. At the same time however, I was also obsessed with The Beatles – playing and singing. And about this same time I was introduced to a new artist – some guy named Jethro Tull. As it turned out it wasn’t a solo artist, but a band. It was a mistake many of us here in America made in the early days. My first memories of Tull were from the “Warchild” album. What fantastic music! It was unlike anything I had ever heard. From that moment on I was hooked. I just couldn’t get enough. Since I was a bit of a shy kid, I didn’t have a whole lot of friends so I spent endless hours listening to and singing along with that album.

Well one day about five years ago now, I found myself unemployed from two jobs as a result of the crash of ’08. It was then that I decided to pick up the guitar again and jump back into music. Then about two months later I bought my first flute. And now today I’m a singer, flautist, acoustic guitarist, and general instrumentalist in two hard rock bands - Wallace Blvd and a soon to be Jethro Tull cover band. 

ED MULHALL - LAKELAND,FL

Lead & Backing Vocals (also bass/rhythm guitar) - - 5th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Yes, Genesis, The Beatles, King Crimson, UK, ELP, Todd Rundgren, Paul McCartney, Gentle Giant, Echolyn, Lifesigns, Dave Kerzner Band, Kansas, Jethro Tull, Caravan, The Moody Blues

My name is Ed, and I'm a frustrated musician who is getting back into the world of bands and performance after two decades of children/jobs/responsibilities. I'm primarily a bass player or rhythm guitarist, yet I've been singing lead vocals in Late Night Live 2017. I plan to play as well as sing this coming year. I've never had a lesson in my life, yet I'm one of those people who can pick up an instrument and 'figure out' how to play songs I've only heard once or twice. As a child I was told I was naturally musically gifted, yet my parents refused to get me lessons or allow me to take any music related courses in school. Instead of following my bliss, I entered the working world and have toiled there for many years. Now that I'm older, the music has called me back and thanks to Late Night Live and the wonderful players within, I've rekindled that side of my being. Big "Thank You's" to Larry Morand, Rob Rutz and the OTB Crew for making it possible, but BIG love to Bill Goldman, Devora Goldman, Ken Slater, Joel Simches, Carolyn Corella, Bob Harris, Suzanne Mulhall and the rest of the Late Night Live FAMILY for encouraging me out of my shell and back on a stage where I belong. Thanks guys!

SOLNY PALSDOTTIR - ICELAND

Lead & Backing Vocals - - 4th CTTE - Favorite Artists: None Stated

I have always loved to sing and perform with people who share the same passion for music as I.  When I was in college I was a singer in band who mostly played at balls, but we also liked writing songs. I have sung a few songs on albums, including ones that my mother has written. It's amazing to have the chance to sing prog music with all these wonderful people that come together on this trip..

LOY PESCIO - BUENOS AIRES,ARGENTINA

Lead & Backing Vocals - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Marillion, Neal Morse Band, Flying Colors, Anathema, Haken, Dream Theater, Steve Hackett

Like many other singers, I took my first steps at the school choir, I started guitar lessons when I think about the music that built me, the first memories that come to mind are my Dad and Brother at home, listening to all these great bands, such as Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Vangelis, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, UK and Tangerine Dream just to name a few. However, not everything unfolded so smoothly in my life. At the age of 17 I became a Mom, so the main focus became work and study to support my family and secure my future. Still, I was far away from abandoning my musical aspirations. So I continued singing in the choir, traveling to choir meetings, and this became the background music of this new chapter of my life. Years went by and in 2005 my music journey took me to a Dream Theater concert where I met Gustavo Ceaglio, who would become my partner in life and guitar player. And it was not long after that, when we decided to jump into, what I call, the “Marillion experience”.


We were part of a PROGFEST in our city, during 4 consecutive years.  I had honor of singing with Clive Nolan. Meanwhile in 2014, thanks to the generous and kind Steve Rothery, we got the opportunity to play together, right after a week Marillion’s gig in Argentina.  In 2015 the members from Fugazi, tribute band from Santiago, Chile invited me to sing too. Counting the days 2 meet U

SUZANNE REARDON-MULHALL - LAKELAND,FL

Lead & Backing Vocals - - 5th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Marillion, Lifesigns, Echolyn, October Project

I grew up in a house where my older siblings had control of the stereo, so I was influenced by their love of Yes, Pink Floyd, CSNY, and many others. I started singing in elementary school, and that continued, with piano and voice lessons in middle and high school. My enjoyment of music lead to becoming a DJ, first at a low-wattage station on Long Island, then in college, and then professionally in Western Maryland.  My dad wanted me to major in music in college, but as a mediocre piano player, I didn't see much happening for a singer with a music degree except for teaching, and I didn't want to do that (surprise, I went back to school and work in an education role!) Nowadays, you'll find me singing the harmony lines along with whatever is playing on the car stereo. That could be 80's new wave, jazz, or more likely, Marillion, Rush, Genesis, Echolyn, or October Project.

ROB RUTZ - MECHANICSBURG,PA

Lead & Backing Vocals (also drums) - - 5th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Genesis, Kevin Gilbert, Peter Gabriel, Spock's Beard, Toto, Ambrosia, Enchant, Chicago, Saga

Rob serves CTTE's Late Night LIVE Prog Experience as project coordinator and master of ceremonies, working closely with fellow all-volunteer Late Night Production team colleagues and the senior management of Cruise To The Edge's producer On The Blue (OTB). CTTE's Late Night LIVE program is possibly the largest volunteer project in Rob's adult life, which says a lot about the scope of Late Night LIVE. As background, Rob is the artist relations coordinator for global webcast radio station House of Prog (www.houseofprog.com). He also volunteers on ProgStock Music Festival's management team, a New Jersey-based festival that will take place Oct. 13-15, 2017. Rob is drummer-vocalist in a classic rock cover band Argyle Bananas, which he founded with his son TJ and local musician friends.  A lifelong music scene fanatic and broadcast buff, Rob began his official work in the music industry as a 13-year-old founder of WMSS-FM, a terrestrial radio station. Launched by junior high school students, WMSS is still in operation today in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Including Cruise To The Edge, Rob and his family have been on more than 24 cruises "of all kinds" including every Moody Blues Cruise since its founding. Rob is thrilled and honored to be a part of CTTE's Late Night LIVE family and encourages everyone to be involved, especially as an active patron in the audience cheering on those who work so hard and offer such talent to the cause.

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LEAD & RHYTHM GUITAR:

GREG BENNETT - KELOWNA,BC,CANADA

Guitars (also drums & vocals) - - 6th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Yes, Genesis, ELP, Frank Zappa, Dixie Dregs

 As long as I can remember, my life has been surrounded by music. My 1st major influence was the Beatles. When I turned 8, I was determined to be a drummer. However, we lived in an apartment, so I couldn't get drums. My mother suggested I take up guitar. Holding my 1st guitar seemed so natural & before you knew it I was playing Beatles songs & singing away. During my school years, nothing could take me away from my musical studies & after graduating I informed my mother that university was not in the cards for me. Growing up in Toronto supplied a generous number of excellent musicians & during the 70s & 80s live music was everywhere.  At 18 I joined my first rock band & now at 60, & after 40 years of travelling & playing, I find myself doing what I always did. I play generally 3 hours daily & continue writing my own compositions. I have started my 2nd round of original music in hopes of it being completed this year, & on my 2nd solo CD.  My stage name is Jack The Riffer.  At 21 I was fortunate enough to see an unknown act in Toronto. GENTLE GIANT. That night changed my direction of writing forever.  Being a prog player made it a challenge to play live, & I was fortunate to be in several prog bands over the years.  Over The Garden Wall was an excellent GENESIS tribute act that I was in during the mid 80s-90s. I also played in a YES tribute band YES SHOWS where I was able to play both Steve Howe & Trevor Rabin era YES material.  Besides cover bands I played for original acts.  The original bands were, TEMPEST, EVEREST, MYTH & AIRKRAFT where I played great original material with some very talented musicians doing prog music. I also toured with several recording acts. Heavy metal singer, composer Lee Aaron was one of them. She taught me to pose like a heavy rocker! What a blast that was. Now what it comes down to is being able to play & record what I want, regardless of what anyone thinks about it. I have so many notes going through my mind I simply must express them.  Being able to attend & play on all the CTTE’s has been a shining thread for me.  A lifeline gift for a lifetime of listening to the best music ever, & I look forward to playing & listening to all of you. 

GUSTAVO CEAGLIO - BUENOS AIRES,ARGENTINA

Guitar - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Marillion, Neal Morse Band, Flying Colors, Haken, Dream Theater, Steve Hackett

To me, it was all about the guitar from the very beginning.  I started pretty early, 5 years old. I didn’t even know how to read well, however one thing I knew for certain; I wanted to play guitar. And so the universe sent the first acoustic guitar!
 

2005 was a year of changes. I met Loy Pescio, and our shared passion for the same kind of music caused us to connect almost immediately. A decision was made. The name of our new born tribute band would be Sugar Mice.  But, something magical happened….. We found a lot of people that shared our passion, and that placed us on several incredible shows, made us a part of the La Plata Prog Fest during 4 years in a row;  One of my personal highlights was when Loy and I got to share the stage with Steve Rothery in 2014. It was one of those moments I will always treasure.  And I, personally, couldn’t feel more privileged to do so! 

 

I can’t wait to play some great music for all of you on this unique cruise.  See you there!

ANTHONY CLIPLEF - BRANDON,MB,CANADA

Guitar - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artists: Dream Theater, Steven Wilson, King Crimson, Opeth, Meshuggah, etc.

 My story is far from over. I am 27 and have been playing since I was 14. I've been teaching guitar since I was 17 at a local music shop in my home town. I love technically challenging stuff (and I mean very technically challenging stuff... "Let's do the dance of eternity by Dream Theater" sort of challenging stuff).  I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

MARK SPRITZLER - HUNTINGTON BEACH,CA

Guitar - - 4th CTTE - - Favorite Artist: Rush

Computer geek for 40+ years. Love Rush and playing Rush. Yes I have played other songs by other bands but I enjoy playing Rush songs more than anything else. They are just more fun for me to play.

The best part of CTTE and The Grid are the people.