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Mike Paladino
Bass
Baritone
Lead
Percussion

Originally from the NY Metro area and has been singing, writing, arranging doo-wop music since 1958, from the age of 14. A founding member of The Princetones (1958-1960). A founding member of the The Bon-Aires, the first white group to perform live on WWRL-AM, Harlem, NY. Also performing live shows on WINS-AM and WCBS-FM, NY.(1960-1980). http://thebonaires.com. Former owner of Mike's Place, recording studio, New Jersey. 
Produced by Bob Hilliard, (Ruby & the Romantics) Neil Levinson (Denise-Randy & the Rainbows) and Steve Duboff, (the Cowsills-The Rain, The Park & Other Things ), Stan Kraus and Skip Jackson (the Shantons). Laurie/Rust, Catamount and Flamingo recording artist. Has performed in major venues in NY and NJ., Las Vegas as well as major venues in Texas and has shared the same stage with the Teenagers, Jackie Wilson, Johnny Maestro and the Crests, the Flamingos, the Harptones, the Cadillacs, the Dubs, Earl Lewis & the Channels, the Cleftones, the Velours, Rueben and the Jets, Eugene Pitt and the Jive Five, the Paragons, the Jesters, the Fantastics, Jackie and the Starlites, Jimmy Wright, Dino and the Heartspinners, Sparrows Quartet, Lenny Welch, Vito and the Salutations, Manhattan Transfer, the Capris, the Contours, Harvey Fugua and the Moonglows, the Magnifients, the Chaperones as well as background vocals for Barbara Lewis, Jimmy Pipkin (the Galahads), Joe Jones (the Pentagons) to name a few. Performed with studio musicians Trade Martin and Artie Butler.
Now living in the Texas Hill Country, Kerrville, since 1994 and is excited to be performing in the San Antonio area. Founding member of the Moonlites.
 


Louie Real
Bass
Baritone
tenor
 Lead
Bass Guitar
Musical Director

Louis Real, born and raised on the Real Ranch in Kerrville, Texas has been singing and playing for 40 something years. He took piano lessons for 8 years and reverted to guitar so he could perform at the parties. Louis was never without his guitar. One time he and a friend were plowing a field at the ranch. Louis was on the tractor wheel well playing his guitar and writing. He wrote a song called "Come Over To my Side" that afternoon. His friend's father said that it was a site to behold. He writes his songs about experiences on the ranch and the ladies in his life. In high school he was a member of the all state choir 4 years in a row. Louis won the Songwriters contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1978. He has a song called "Little Butterfly" on the 1979 Kerrville Festival Album. He was recently the recipient of the best musician in the hill country award. He has a belief that he lives by, "If you don't put 100% of your soul into your music you shouldn't perform at all". He believes that you should be totally worn out when you finish a concert or you didn't give your all. He loves old rock and roll and is having a ball being a part of Moonlites.
 


Josh Widener
2nd Tenor
1st Tenor
Falsetto
Lead
Keyboards
Horns

Joshua Widener grew up here in the hill country around Kerrville, Texas. He has played classical piano since he was 5 and trumpet since he was 12. Music has always been the biggest influence in his life. He attended the University of North Texas and studied music there for a year where he studied piano and sang in the men's chorus. Has sang with a barbershop quartet called "The North South Blend" for 3 years and "The Moonlights" for 2 years. He has also done some stage acting and singing in our local Point Theatre. He absolutely loves the harmonies and creativity that come out in 50's music
 


Carlos Escobedo
1st - 2ndTenor
 Lead
Drums
 

Carlos was 9 years old when he found his passion for playing drums. He would sit on the edge of his bed with two makeshift drums sticks, made out of wooden hangers, banging out a beat on his mattress. This was the beginning of Carlos’ musical career. As he got a little older he started playing with area bands. Smokestack, a well known band in the area, was one of the first bands he played with. He would sit in with the band doing vocals and occasionally playing the drums. He finally put together a three piece band called Medusa, where he sang lead vocals and played drums. Carlos was inspired by musicians such as Bonham and Don Brewer from Grand Funk. Carlos has played with numerous bands over the years. He has played with such as Blind Image, Sol Patch, Rock Trip, John Allen, Wes Creech, Cedar Fever, and Rex Foster. Carlos was voted Drummer of the Year in the reader’s choice awards in 2007 and still holds the title today. Carlos has played all types of music, but his favorite is vocal harmony.

 


Robert Hartman
Baritone
Lead
Tenor

Robert Hartman, keyboardist, vocalist, and native of Kerrville, Texas has very recently relocated and reformed Texas Thunder from Dallas, Texas music scene to Kerrville, Texas with a fresh new sound and some of the finest players in the hill country/San Antonio area! Hartman has been playing music for 30 years as a bassist, keyboardist and vocalist on a local and national level. His start in the music business began in Jr. High School as a tuba player and in the school choir. He excelled at both band and choir at Tivy High School in Kerrville and earned a music scholarship to Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, Texas and was a member of the Texas Lutheran College band and choir after winning many prestigous awards at the high school level. Hartman later returned to Kerrville and was interim band director at Schreiner College in Kerrville for a short while. Robert's professional career began in Bandera, Texas when he was the bassist in "Arkey Blue's Blue Cowboy Band" at Arkey Blue's famous Silver Dollar Saloon.

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