Based out of Los Angeles and together for over a decade, STEEL ROD is Southern California's premier cover band!
From USO tours to corporate events, weddings, radio sponsored singing competitions, festivals, & weekly residencies at established music venues & casinos, Steel Rod performs more in a month than most bands do in a year!
Locally, they play premier venues like LA Live, the House of Blues (LA and Orange County), Home Depot Center, Morongo Casino, San Manuel Casino, Fantasy Springs Casino, Santa Anita Park, Belly Up Tavern, LA County Fair, Fiesta Del Sol & countless smaller venues. Being in great demand, Steel Rod performs well over 300 shows a year. With performances in countries like Germany, Japan, Austria, Bosnia, Mexico, & Kosovo, these men bring a high level of experience, professionalism & energy to every event.
The band also has a strong showing in the corporate and private event sector, having long standing relationships with many different companies. Clients like the LAPD, LAFD, LA County Sheriffs, LA Galaxy Soccer Club, LA Dodgers, Playboy, & Rockstar Video games have continued to solidify STEEL ROD's place at the top of Cover bands in the country.
The band is comprised of three talented musicians: Rod Pantoja on Guitar, Whit Petrell on Bass, Johnny Reyes on Drums and all of them are Lead singers of a combined 500+ songs! The extensive song list spans all genres from RnB, Pop, Classic Rock, Top 40, Alternative, Metal & Country.
When they want to broaden their already outstanding show, Steel Rod will bring in additional talent. Most notably, Keyboard player/Lead singer extraordinaire, Eric Mondragon. And for those events needing an Emcee, they look no further than TV Host and speaker, Greg Chard.
Here are a few testimonials from past clients and venues:
"One of my all time favorite bands, Steel Rod is not an easy band to define. With impeccable showmanship honed by thousands of performances, they reel their audience in with great vocals and sly humor and then rip their faces off with technical fury. They can effortlessly play a huge variety of popular styles, shifting from a cumbia to classic disco without a pause, but their double forte is hard rock delivered with total finesse… But don't get the idea they are a-one-trick-pony. You want an hour of classic R & B, no problem. Latin pop? Absolutely. Hair metal, 80's grunge, KROQ oddball anthems, and on and on. The Human Jukebox on steroids, Steel Rod will amaze with their technical chops and slay you with their humor. Did I mention they are one of my all time favorite bands?"
Andrew Yeater – Tribe Pro Audio
“As a renowned live music venue, we host amazing shows and see many true professional musicians. Steel Rod is no exception, and that is why they also play our own Holiday Party every year. That should be a good indication of the amount of respect we have for them.”
Jeff Keeping – General Manager Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
“I have worked with Steel Rod, while managing the Tukut Lounge, for over 3 years. Not only did they come in and more than triple bar sales on Monday nights, they also became my friends. I have been to their other shows and even Rod's wedding, and feel as though we are all family because that's the quality of people these guys are. But bottom-line, they are music and entertainment professionals who create loyal fans and fill seats at every venue they play; and over the years, have made us a lot of money.”
Josh Gomez – Entertainment Supervisor, San Manuel Casino, Highland CA
“A few months ago our Friday nights at the Rockyard, our outdoor entertainment facility, were really slow in comparison to our Saturday nights. So we started Rockaoke with Steel Rod. Immediately we started packing the place on Fridays. Steel Rod (& the Be A Star! show) is an amazing event with a huge playlist and a great crowd pleaser. They put their heart into everything they do and are absolutely incredible performers. They have become a permanent part of our Rockyard family and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for an incredibly talented band.”
Mandi Witkower, Director of Advertising Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio
"THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! You made my wedding day so memorable! All the wedding guests loved you guys and you made the day so special! We still have people coming up to us saying that we had the best band they've ever seen, and our wedding was over 2 years ago!"
Married March 14, 2011
Rancho Santa Fe