"Band started during pandemic to host livestreamed concert BROOKFIELD, Wis. - The arts and entertainment industry has been drastically impacted since the start of the pandemic, but a few local musicians who were out of work -- decided to amp things up. "The pandemic made us work harder to get something together for the time it finally subsides," Jarvis said. Despite the pandemic, these local performers couldn't tune out their love for music. "Slowly, one by one, we added to the group and we all bring something very unique and different," Thea Vorass said."
Christina Van Zelst - Fox 6 Live
"Why would anyone decide to start a band when a pandemic has all but shuttered music scenes around the world? For the members of Elephonic, a new Milwaukee power pop group, the answer might simply be simply be making music is what they do. They have a March 4 livestream scheduled here. With well over one hundred years or collective experience, countless shows and tours and dozens of albums among them, the group's dossier includes familiar names; The Blow Pops, Semi-Twang, SACRED, I'm Not a Pilot, The Glad Rags and Shattered are just the tip of the iceberg. Elephonic is comprised of Aaron Heffernan (keyboards/vocals), Mike Jarvis (guitar/vocals), Jason Klagstad (guitarist/vocals). Thea Morton Vorass (cello/vocals), Dave Vegafria (bass/vocals) and Steve Vorass (drums). Morton Vorass and Klagstad chimed in."
Blaine Schultz - Shepherd Express
MIKE JARVIS - vocals, songs, guitars - Six critically acclaimed original albums, 2 WAMI awards and 3 European tours with respected pop bands The Lackloves & The Blow Pops.
THEA VORASS - cello: Thea also performs with Keith Pulvermacher, SACRED, The Belle Weather. She was awarded 2017 WAMI String Player of the Year and has shared the stage with The Prince Experience, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Weezer and more.
STEVE VORASS - Drums: Very active on the local music scene, Steve has played with Mixtape, SACRED, I'm Not A Pilot, Zach Petrini, Trapper Schoepp
JASON KLAGSTAD - Guitarist/vocals - Played with Tom Petty bassist Howie Epstein, Jerry Harrison, Peter Buffett, Arroyo and Semi-Twang. He currently performs with Bill Camplin, Plumb Loco, Bristlehead, Sawyer Road
AARON HEFFERNAN - Keys/vocals - Aaron fronts the Rolling Stones tribute band, Shattered. Early on, he played the Great Highland Bagpipe with the Milwaukee Police and Fire Pipe and Drum before forming the Appalachian folk duo, The Kitchen Boys.
DAVE VEGAFRIA - Bassist/vocals - David has been playing bass and guitar since 1980 playing local bands such as NOD, Compound Red, Bondo Camaro, Tikibong, Drop Forge, the Glad Rags, Spikebottsford, Atomic #9, Koala, Nerve Twins and Shattered (since 2006).