Former touring musician of STYX
In Mr. Gowan's own words, his “keyboard-spinnin’-brother,” Dennis Atlas is the only man for the job when it comes to channeling and bringing to life the critical role of the lead keyboards in STYX music. Dennis saw his first of 21 Styx / Dennis DeYoung Band concerts when he was 6 years old, and at 13, he and his dad built a spinning keyboard stand. When he met Michael Gavrizescu in middle school, they discovered their great passion for using their very distinct voices to harmonize together, and soon founded a Styx tribute band in Dennis’s garage.
That Styx tribute band was called ONE WITH EVERYTHING and was soon discovered on youtube by Jim Vignato of ROCKIN THE PARADISE. Jim called them up, arranged for the two bands to do a show together, and undeniable magic was made. These two bands finally decided to merge and became the ultimate Styx show: STYXOLOGY.
Dennis is also performs with Michael Whelan in their own original progressive rock band called Initiator.
There’s no man on earth who bares as uncanny a resemblance in voice, stage presence, and guitar wailing to the mighty godfather of Styx, James JY Young, as the sensational Mr. Michael Gavrizescu. The man of his own international touring act Burning Red, is asked to lend his unique talents to this tribute band for no other reason than that he is by-far the most qualified man in this world for the job of conquering the JY role. And because he is a never-yielding cannon blast of joy to play in a band with, to watch perform, and quite simply just to be around... Ok, I guess there’s actually a lot of reasons he’s in this band.
....Some kids received an Atari for their 13th Birthday in the 1980s; “Jimmy” received a stage! Mr. Vignato has incredible vocal strenth and has been professionally educated for "musical theater" performance. He has built his rock voice over the years in cover bands and other projects and he has starred as the lead in many local and regional musicals over the course of his career tweaking his stage performances and building up his repertoire. From his teen years through today, Jim’s male masterful voice matured into a strong, versatile sound that truly is one of a kind.
Jim has an uncanny ability to totally assume the roles and antics of rock's greatest icon's. In addition to his on-stage mannerisms, complimenting overall look, As the "Styx tribute singer guy" Jim mirrors Dennis DeYoung & Tommy Shaw's voices and delivers an exceptional version of the Classic Styx Sound. Jim has a deep appreciation of STYX's musical phenomenon and has led the most successful Styx tribute band in America for years, called “Rockin the Paradise”. When he came across Dennis, Michael G, and Michael W on youtube, a new adventure with fate was met... Wishing the very "Best of Times" to all.
We almost couldn’t decide what position to put Michael in this band because he’s basically the best guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist known by... well, anyone who knows him. Not to mention he plays a mean mandolin, sitar, has a beautiful voice, he composes... and hey, he’s not too bad looking either! But he holds one of the most important jobs in the band, locking in the bottom end groove, because having a great bassist is one of the keys to a band sounding not just good, but GREAT.
Whelan and Atlas have their own band of original music called Initiator.
Michael Baranski started playing guitar at age 5. He was in 5th grade when he started a band.
Throughout his years, Michael has played in many bands. He got to play with Trent Reznor right before his Nine Inch Nails days.
Michael got into a band with A&M Artist Glen Burtnik. They toured supporting his Heroes and Zeroes album. Glen then got the offer to replace Tommy Shaw, and later, Chuck Pannozzo in Styx. Through his referral, Michael got the gig of guitarist/vocalist/ songwriter with James Young from Styx in his solo project, The James Young Group. They did an album Raised by Wolves. Baranski also got the offer to tour with Styx as a backup singer.
Baranski later got a referral from Hank Horton, who had played with Dennis DeYoung of Styx to join Rockin' the Paradise.
Baranski says "It's a great honor to keep the great music of Styx alive".
Scott Connor is the powerhouse-finesse drummer to awe the masses. With the melodic influence of Genesis, Styx, and Kansas, his style is the paramount of the rock-and-roll mountain, where heavy, toe-tapping groove meets song-centered flash. As Styxology drummer, he takes all the heart of John Panozzo and all the soul of Todd Sucherman, and blasts it out in his own Scott Connor way. He's also performed with YOSO (featuring members of Yes and Toto) and many successful classic rock tribute bands.