Allan and LaDonna are a versatile music duo based in Austin, Texas. Their vocal stylings & varied repertoire of approximately 1,000 songs are a treat for any music lover. Whether performing rock, pop, country, disco, Motown, folk, reggae, or acoustically, they take the audience on a musical journey throughout the 1950's, 60's, 70's, & 80's.
Allan Mayes is British and a veteran of the UK and USA pub circuits throughout the 70's, 80's, and 90's. Early in the 70's, Allan & Elvis Costello had a songwriting partnership & performed as the duo, Rusty. Over the years, Allan has naturally developed a vocal style similar to that of Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, Bruce Springsteen, & Neil Diamond.
LaDonna is much younger but despite this has 12 years experience as a vibrant performer. She plays saxophone, harmonicas, and the recorder, as well as adding percussion when necessary. Vocally, she bears an uncanny resemblance to Stevie Nicks; however, her range also garners requests for Patsy Cline, Cilla Black, & Jay Black.
100% live vocals, guitar, saxophone, harmonicas, & tambourines layered upon a drum machine for rhythm & a sound module for other instrumental accompaniment enable Allan and LaDonna to provide a “full band” listening experience for the audience. They also offer the added bonus of maintaining better volume control whether cranking out power rock or keeping it low key as etiquette may dictate in some situations.
With a long history of entertaining regularly at many Austin locations including Chelsea Street Pub, Carlos'n Charlie's, Johnny Fins, and Bahama Breeze as well as experience at country clubs & from 8 years in the cruise line industry, Allan and LaDonna easily adapt to any setting be it intimate patios & living rooms or larger clubs & dance halls. They entertain for all ages whether you want to sing along, make a special request, host a themed event, dance the night away, or just have background music performed to add ambiance.
As a result of many years of experience & discipline, Allan and LaDonna entertain with the highest level of professionalism, endurance, and variety. Their varied material was essential when they had the pleasure of spending 81 out of 83 consecutive nights entertaining the same core audience during a world cruise. In another instance, they performed night after night for up to 132 consecutive nights without falter. They always keep their performances fresh & diverse. Songs are selected spontaneously to suit an atmosphere as it evolves or on the basis that they fit a specific occasion with material drawn from classic artists like the Beatles, Commodores, Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, Rod Stewart, Patsy Cline, Eric Clapton, Temptations, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Eagles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Marley, Buddy Holly, Elvis, Roy Orbison, Carly Simon, Pink Floyd, Jim Croce, Dire Straits, Mama & the Papas, Willie Nelson, Everly Brothers, & many others. Allan and LaDonna also take pleasure in personalizing their entertainment style so requests are always welcomed.
If you're looking for a topnotch entertainment experience that is fresh, fun, & spontaneous, you cannot go wrong with Allan and LaDonna.
Allan Mayes (Vocals, guitars),
LaDonna (Vocals, saxophone, harmonicas, percussion)