PAPA JOE AND THE NEW DEAL:
How They Got Here!
Vallejo’s own Papa Joe & The New Deal was born out of a small get-together of two seasoned musicians, Papa Joe Lucero (guitars and lead vocals) and Ed Rillera (keyboard and vocals), who in the past had promised each other that they would one day play together. Nine years later the band was created, featuring from six to nine pieces at any given time, and is continually in demand throughout Northern California.
With a consistent sound from a strong rhythm section featuring Elias Lucero on bass guitar and vocals, Dave McClure on drums and this dazzling vocal-driven band leads listeners musically through time with their selections of popular tunes from the past 50 years. Led by their talented female lead vocalists, Lani Parker, Janice Dispo, Selia Lucero and new comer Abby Rico, Papa Joe & The New Deal will take you on a musical journey from James Brown to Bruno Mars and all things in between, but always with their own twist of funk and soul.
There are decades of musical experience in this group and yet they possess a youthful spirit by engaging and embracing younger musicians to round out their signature sound. Without a doubt you will enjoy Papa Joe & The New Deal as they strive to make you part of the show. Do yourself a favor and catch them wherever you can and don’t forget your dancing shoes!
Who is the Deal?
Coming together to form a professional R&B Band back in 2010, the collaborative efforts of Papa Joe and the New Deal were born out of a strong desire to do what they loved the most: playing music. It morphed into a family that we didn't plan on. Since then, they’ve turned their passion into a success by seamlessly adapting their talents to the musical collective Papa Joe and the New Deal - a creative whole greater than the sum of it’s parts. Get to know more about them below.
Jans is a powerful vocalist that brings her own style to her songs. She also is the vocal arranger of the band making sure that all the harmonies are as tight as can be.
Lani came to the band with years of experience. She is one of our lead vocalists as well as serves as the band's front line choreographer.
Selia has been with the band since she was 14 years old. Dubbed the "secret weapon" she is no longer a secret as she brings a strong conviction to the stage and has proven herself as a premier vocalist.
Abby comes to us with a wealth of vocal experience in different genres of music and we are excited to have her as one of our elite female vocalists.
DAVE "THE DRUMMER" MCCLURE
Percussion | Vocals
A band wouldn't be complete without its Drummer, and Papa Joe and the New Deal couldn’t have asked for a better one than the talented Dave McClure. His quiet steady rhythmic base gives the band a firm foundation from which to build.
Bass Guitarist / Vocals
Elias is an extremely talented guitarist and bass guitarist. A sought after bay area musician that lends his formative skills to this band. He is responsible for policing the groove and the musical accuracy of the group.
Keyboards / Vocals
Ed is the musical director of the group. His longevity in the music industry is proven and he brings those years of experience to this passion project. He is responsible for key boards and auxiliary sounds.
PAPA JOE LUCERO
Lead Vocalist / Guitar
Papa Joe has been in the business for many years. He has lead popular bay area bands in the past and is very proud of this endeavor. As lead vocalist and guitarist he adds his signature soulful vocals to the mix.