Quarter Past 8
Past Present Future
Quarter Past 8’s phoenix rising arrived in 2007. After having played for several years in other bands it was time to move on. Ashes notwithstanding, Mike and Cat struck out on their own and moved forward as a duo…shortly thereafter gaining the talents of John Kohlenberg on drums and Tony Klontz as lead guitarist.
Presently…Quarter Past 8 now welcomes it’s newest member to the our lineup, Mr. Jeff Naranjo on drums. With a few months and several shows under our belt with Jeff we are changing our tack a little bit by putting more time into classic rock covers and performing full four-set gigs. With quite a few of these now under our belts, Qp8 looks forward to opportunities to play out and about in the greater Seattle area and Pacific NW region.
What comes next for Qp8?…the future is ours and we are keeping our oyster knives as sharp as possible.
After receiving her first guitar at the age of six, Catherine learned countless folk and rock songs. Several years ago, after playing lead roles in numerous theatrical productions, she refocused her attention on her first love: music. Her ever-present smile showcases her love of performing and people. A gifted lyricist, Catherine has written several original songs. Her lyrics, “Rise Up with Pride for Washington,” won the University of Washington’s “Song of Washington” contest. Put to music by Academy Award– and Grammy-winning composer Bill Conti, the song was first played at Husky Stadium in November 2008.
Mike started playing the trumpet in grade school and continued on to the baritone horn. After a long break from music, he pursued a lifelong interest in the bass by starting a band with some other musical friends. He plays electric and upright basses and is comfortable in several musical styles. Characterized as a “pocket” bass player (he agrees), Mike has considerable live-music performance experience at major local and regional venues. He also plays bass for the local band Black Tie.
Inspired to play drums after seeing Jimmy Marinos play “What I Like about You” by The Romantics in an early MTV video, Jeff joined his first band a year later. He plays the drums as a musical instrument, with just the right rhythm and drum patterns to perfectly complement every song. Having played in several local rock, pop, and blues bands, Jeff counts Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Mick Fleetwood, and Kenny Aronoff as major influences.
Tony brings a unique blend of styles to the band. Having cut his guitar-playing teeth on blues, he eventually moved on to metal, classic rock, progressive rock, and modern country styles. Tony offers up unique and stylish hooks, riffs, and solos but is truly a guitar race horse: a shredding solo always lurks just beneath the surface — providing great fun for both the band and the audience. Interesting chords and unusual progressions in his playing add real flavor to his work. A serious student of guitar sounds, Tony is always searching for the perfect tone to express his musical wanderings.