....Some kids received an Atari for their 13th Birthday in the 1980s; “Jimmy” received a stage! Mr. Vignato has incredible vocal strenth and has been professionally educated for "musical theater" performance. He has built his rock voice over the years in cover bands and other projects and he has starred as the lead in many local and regional musicals over the course of his career tweaking his stage performances and building up his repertoire. From his teen years through today, Jim’s male masterful voice matured into a strong, versatile sound that truly is one of a kind.
Jim has an uncanny ability to totally assume the roles and antics of rock's greatest icon's. In addition to his on-stage mannerisms, complimenting overall look, As the "styx tribute singer guy" Jim mirrors Dennis DeYoung & Tommy Shaw's voices and delivers an exceptional version of the Classic Styx Sound. Jim has a deep appreciation of STYX's musical phenomenon and is truly excited about the success of their tribute show, “Rockin the Paradise”. Wishing the very "Best of Times" to all.
Lead Guitar & Vocals
Michael Baranski started playing guitar at age 5. He was in 5th grade when he started a band.
Throughout his years, Michael has played in many bands. He got to play with Trent Reznor right before his Nine Inch Nails days.
Michael got into a band with A&M Artist Glen Burtnik. They toured supporting his Heroes and Zeroes album. Glen then got the offer to replace Tommy Shaw, and later, Chuck Pannozzo in Styx. Through his referral, Michael got the gig of guitarist/vocalist/ songwriter with James Young from Styx in his solo project, The James Young Group. They did an album Raised by Wolves. Baranski also got the offer to tour with Styx as a backup singer.
Baranski later got a referral from Hank Horton, who had played with Dennis DeYoung of Styx to join Rockin' the Paradise.
Baranski says "It's a great honor to keep the great music of Styx alive".
Keyboards and Vocals
If you took, Jan Hammer, Keith Emerson, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Lee Lewis and rolled them all together, you'd have Kevin, in my opinion.
A true keyboard wizard, but don't let the technical stuff fool you, he's got lots of heart and soul and is a great addition to RTP.
Kevin has been playing the piano since he was 5. His early musical influences included show tunes and radio but his love of the rock genre came in the 1970s after hearing keyboardists like Keith Emerson, Jan Hammer and Joe Zawinul. He has played in several local rock bands including Bliss, Link and most recently Ke-nip-shen, Wonderland and Danny G’s Memories of Elvis, accumulating a variety of musical styles and sounds. In the recording studio he has done a host of session work and played on several national releases. His concert experience includes warm-up spots for Foreigner, Starship, REO Speedwagon, Blue Oyster Cult, Eddie Money and many other touring acts.
Kevin says, “When I play, it’s always fun for me. The interaction with the guys and the crowd is something I look forward to every night!”
The newest member of Rockin’ the Paradise, Butch began playing guitar in his early teens and later switched to bass he says, out of necessity, because “Everybody wanted to be a Guitar God!” Having years of stage experience he has shared the stage as opening act with many well known artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Edgar Winter, Leon Russell, Johnny Winter and Joe Bonamassa, to mention a few.
When asked about performing with Rockin’ the Paradise --- “We’re havin’ a blast. I love it! I feel very fortunate to be playing this classic music with this great group of dedicated and talented guys.”
Bass Guitar & Vocals
Drums & Vocals
Carmen has been a long time regular in the local music scene. He started playing drums at the age of 10 and has continued playing, practicing and refining till now. He, also, has a long past in the drum and percussion industry, he knows his stuff.
He is known for his technique, power, groove, and speed (and a great voice besides) He's a flamadiddle away from Buddy Rich with the meter of the atomic clock.
Carmen has a big personality and a big heart and it shows when you hear him play or in his personal life. He's no stranger to the big stage either, playing with members of Dennis DeYoungs band and James Young's group
There is nothing better than hearing a solid strong talented drummer, and Carmen is the best.
Hank Horton - Bass & Vocals
*available by request
Performed, toured, and recorded with Dennis Deyoung for 23 years(1986-2009). He played bass and sang on 'Dennis DeYoung: The Music Of STYX' with a 40 piece orchestra live at the Chicago Theatre, which went double platinum. Performed on Soundstage(PBS) with Dennis and a 40 piece orchestra, and the DVD went triple platinum. Hank played bass and sang background vocals on the studio CD '100 Years From Now' as well. The title track went to number 1 on the adult charts. On the bonus track 'Goodnight My Love' on the live Cd, Hank sings with Dennis as a duet.
He also performed, toured, and recorded with James 'JY' Young from 1994-1998, and recorded the 'Raised By Wolves' Cd with him, and is featured on lead vocals on some of the tracks, as well as harmonies on all of the tracks.
On the STYX album 'Brave New World, he is on of two guest bass players, recording "What Have They Done To You', 'Heavy Water', and 'High Crimes'.
He also has a history with Todd Sucherman, playing and recording with Todd and the band 'Another Language' from Chicago, which wrote and recorded the song that turned into a hit for Van Halen...'Right Now'.
Hank continues to write, record, and perform with some of the best players in the industry. Most recently finishing a second Cd with Donny Brown, drummer, writer and vocalist of The Verve Pipe fame.