The Panini Brothers play a variety of original tunes, ranging from rock, jazz, Americana, and blues. Members include: Larry Sakayama (guitar and bass),Chip Conway (lead guitar), Mike DeGeorgi (guitar, bass, harmonica), Mark Earnhardt (keyboard), and Scott Thomas (drums). The Panini's are Smith Mountain Lake residents and have performed for past SMAC events in support of the JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) program. They have performed at the Harvester and are regulars at Hickory Hill Vineyard and Third St. Coffeehouse in Roanoke. Several of their original songs (Winding Water Blues, No Dancing at the Dudley) feature Smith Mountain Lake locations as a backdrop. From poignant to soulful to funny, The Panini Brothers music covers a wide variety of themes. Their debut CD, "Eyes on the Water," is available at paninibrothers.com.
Joining the PBro's will be fellow lake residents, Sue Halloran and Ken Hitchcock. Sue is a vocalist and member of the String of Pearls, a NYC based vocal trio that belts out rich harmonies to jazz stands from the Great American Songbook. They've performed at the Harvester. Ken Hitchcock has played sax players with BB King, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, and Michael Jackson. Most recently, Ken hs bee working with Trisha Yearwood on a Frank Sinatra tribute album. Sue and Ken frequently perform together and have appeared at The Waterfront Country Club and Blackwater Cafe. They can be seen in Roanoke at Montano's and Blue Five, as well s at local jazz festivals