... About Ultraviolet!!
All-in-Fun, Ultraviolet began in May of 2003 with Suzie Stephens' desire to be the Lead Vocalist of a Rock 'Party' Band to Perform at her upcoming Birthday Party in December of that year!! : ) ... that was fifteen years ago, now Celebrating our 15th Year Anniversary in 2018!!!
Ultraviolet is an Illinois State Fair "Award" Winning Band, and Continues to be a Popular Central Illinois area Rockin' "Party" Band to this Day!! Suzie Manages Ultraviolet with Booking most of their UV Performances.... and proudly, Ultraviolet's bookings include several performances at the IL State Fair ... Budweiser & Miller Tents, The "Shed" Veteran building & the Lincoln Stage at the IL State Fair; Various County Fairs, Homecomings, Lake Club Party's, Annual Hometown Festivals, Charity Events, Benefits, Private Clubs, Parties & Weddings, with also performing at many of our Central IL Bar scenes, and Out-of-State Venues as well!!
From the beginning... Ultraviolet Continued to Gain Popularity throughout the first 5 Years with the Rockin! 'Original Ultraviolet' members... being Jud Barnes as Lead Guitar / Keyboards / Vocals, who thought up the band name of Ultraviolet; Steve Bosie as Bass Guitar/Vocals; Oakie Morris as Drummer; and Suzie Stephens as Lead Vocalist. Jud Barnes moved out-of-state the Fall of 2007, and Ultraviolet then hired Travis Aldridge as Jud's replacement. So, with UV still having shows on the books, Travis became the Newest Ultraviolet member who stayed on with UV to finish out the rest of the bookings that year. Travis still currently acts as a sub for UV in the event we ever need a fill-in guitarist.
In August of 2008, the 'New Ultraviolet ' appeared to the music scene with UV members being Marc Waterman as Lead Guitar/Vocals; Jon Gentry as Bass Guitar/Vocals/Keyboards; Darren Barr as Drummer; with Suzie Stephens as Lead Vocalist!! ... Ultraviolet was Nominated for "Entertainer of the Year" in 2010, and also WON 2nd Place on our Float in the 2009 IL State Fair Parade!! Suzie being on the Board of Director's for the Springfield Area Arts Council , together with UV entered the "Ultraviolet Float" in the IL State Fair Parade that year. 2009 was the year the Fair had over 400 Floats entered, and the Parade lasted until after 10pm!!
During the Fall of 2010, Ultraviolet went through another transition when Darren Barr (Drummer) left UV to pursue other entertainment opportunities... and that's when Pete Jeffers was hired on as Ultraviolet's New Drummer!! Ultraviolet continued to Perform at it's Best for the next year, until another change of musicians in the Fall of 2011.
From early 2012 and ending 2013, Ultraviolet's group members were Preston Gary as (fill-in) Lead Guitarist/Vocalist; Mark Packenham as Bass Guitar/ Vocals; Ric Bietsch as Drummer/Vocals; with Suzie Stephens as Lead Vocalist!!
Ending 2012 and going into 2013, Ultraviolet assisted with promoting the 18 year old New Singing Sensation 'Gracia Harrison' from "The Voice" on NBC TV!! Gracia had been Coached by Country Music Superstar Blake Shelton!! Ultraviolet was happy to be Gracia's (supporting) band during the winter of 2012 to help Promote her performances in the Springfield area,!! Gracia plans to move to Nashville, Tn where she aims to record her new albumn and pursue her career in Country Music!! : ) We Wish Her the Best!!
In April 2014, Ultraviolet was approached by our good friend Patrick O'Neill from Lincoln, IL... he wanted UV to consider temporarily adding a beautiful female Vocalist from Taylorville, IL to our group, Shanda "Ginger" Courtaway, so we could help teach her the ropes of this business, plus help her gain the experience she needed to start her own Country band in the near future..., so Ultraviolet was happy to help Shanda!! For a solid year, Shanda shared the Stage with UV, gaining Experience, Performing LIVE and learning the biz. As of April 2015, Shanda announced she had just formed her very own new Country band, "Wild Country" and they hope to start playing out soon!! We're very Proud of Shanda as she pursues her career in Country Music!! : )
Ultraviolet is ready to keep Rockin you in 2018 with Duane Osborne as Lead Guitar/Vocals; Joe Council as Bass Guitar/Vocals; Marty Kalaher as Keyboardist/Rhythm Guitar/Vocals; Ric Bietsch as Drummer; with Suzie Stephens as Lead Vocalist!!
Ultraviolet has a fresh new Popular Song List of Rockin' Party songs ready to perform for you, with adding more 80's, Glam, Classic & Modern Rock Favorites ... Rock with a
Twist of Funk and New Country fav's in our Song List!!!
Come out to Party with Ultraviolet!!
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Upcoming Performances as we
Continue to Rock You in 2018!!!!!
We're looking forward to hearing from you!!
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