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Electric Aces is the alter-ego of Original Indie-Rock band Axis of Four. Electric Aces draws from a large repertoire of classic rock, dance covers, traditional and original blues, and jazz and easy-listening instrumental to provide quality professional musical entertainment. The band from the Concord/Lafayette area built their repertoire over the years by playing clubs, corporate events, weddings, business promotions, street fairs, and private parties. Electric Aces has evolved into an entertaining musical group, working with a powerful combination of training, experience, and artistry, to give the client just the right live music for their event.
The band has experienced players and the track record of being professional and reliable in doing business. They work with the client to understand the specific requirements of the gig, then deliver on schedule to create just the right musical ambience for the special event. Be it ambient instrumental music for an elegant gathering, or boot-stomping rock & roll for a great party, Electric Aces is ready to entertain you and your guests.
Please look and listen to some of our samples, then contact us here to talk about a date!
The core group was founded by Rick and Suzanne in 2009 under the name Li’l Ricky Blues, and played a combination of traditional and original blues and classic rock. Rick then began to write some original tunes which resulted in their first album, “First Time, The Charm”. The band continued to play private parties and business events, and then recorded “Biskits & Gravy”, an album of original blues written by Rick and Suzanne.
By this time Chris Hansen was working with the group as they played a combination of shows both as an original showcase act and a variety band. As they expanded their repertoire to include more classic rock and jazz and easy-listening, the band saw the need to select a name that was more representative of what they had become. The band decided on Axis Of Four, and played their first gig with that name at the Golden Gate Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay.
By that time Rick had finished writing a selection of tunes to complete the band’s original live stage show. He brought the band into the studio and they cut the tracks to “Flintstoned”, the band’s first indie-rock album, which they released in late 2013. The Axis of Four continued to perform showcases promoting their original music, while also getting more gigs playing their expanded variety repertoire.
By early 2015 the band had added drummer Curt M to the lineup and found it necessary to split into two entities. Axis Of Four remains the old school / new school original rock act bridging the gap between classic and contemporary rock. The variety act was christened Electric Aces.
Currently the band features Rick and Suzanne who have been re-united with their original drummer, Scott Irwin. Guitarist Norman Villacorte joined the group in the Spring of 2016.
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Rick Cittar has been a bandleader, arranger, guitarist, and vocalist for two decades, and has worked with Grammy-winning producer Steve Horowitz to produce his tune, “S’not Love”, for Illumina Records. He is the main vocalist for Electric Aces, and has written some fresh and different arrangements for many of their classic tunes.
Rick is a Guitar instructors with the Bradley School of Music in Lafayette, and can be found performing with musical maestro Orestes Vilato thrice monthly at the school adult and family jams.
Suzanne Lattuca is a classically trained flautist who toured with her school honors band, and has the distinction of having performed at Notre Dame in Paris, and the renowned Carnegie Hall in New York. Switching to bass after hearing the Germ’s Lorna Doom, The Lovely Miss Minxie and Rick have played together for many years and through many gigs. She is the solid sonic backbone of Electric Aces.
Scott Irwin, or BuddaHaid to his fantasy cronies, is long-time veteran of the Bay Area music scene. He has played in many bands and is featured on my many of Rick's recordings. Scott was the original drummer with Li'l Ricky Blues, so he and Suzanne fit right in the pocket for the rhythm section of Electric Aces.
Norman Villacorte is the new kid on the block, and he comes with some great recommendations, Many-times student of the month at The Bradley School of Music, he is an accomplished jazz and blues player, and no stranger to the Fake Book.
Guitarist Chris Hansen is an honors graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has led the musical vanguard with Electric Aces for a number of years, and during that time has also been called on to perform with noted artist Roy Rodgers at the Bohemian Grove, and other classic rock and latin jazz ensembles.