Our Rockin' Bands

Carlos Danger

They first came together as a band in the basement of drummer Todd Oliver (Sweet Onion Studio) in the bustling urban metropolis of Decatur in 2013. The style and groove of Carlos Danger has emerged as the Band continues to deliver it's driving rock infused funk and reggae music. Carlos Danger band members are Dan Dunlavy on vocals and lead guitar, Andy Glasser on percussion, Jay Lyle on bass, Chuck Miller on lead guitar and vocals, Todd Oliver on drums and vocals, Judd Owen on vocals, keyboard, guitar and sometimes even bass. All long time Decatur residents and Dads ... Dan, Andy, Jay, Chuck, Todd, and Judd - are Carlos Danger. Five of the six band members currently have kids in the Decatur School System. All in all, 11 kids have been raised in the City of Decatur.

The Benders

These Decatur dads got together and decided that rockin the garage was better than rocking a chair, so they formed The Benders. A band that understands there are no rules when it comes to rock-n-roll, except that the rockin must occur within five miles of Decatur (some exceptions apply). The Benders play down home lively music that is at home both in the city and the country. The Benders are Terry Cannon, Bob Carter, Jamie Tiernan, Bo Vaden, Reen VanHoosear, and Glenn Ziesenitz.

Defending Champion: The Dammages

Led by the powerhouse vocals of Tammy Dammann, the Dammages are Sean Dammann (guitar), Dave Duncan (guitar), Rick Hale (bass) and Jim Clanin (drums).

The roots of The Dammages began on a fateful Saturday afternoon in Statesboro, GA, circa January 1990 when Sean auditioned to replace the guitarist in “Tammy’s Band” – Love Agnes. While Love Agnes was not destined to for Rock n’ Roll fame, the musical collaboration between Sean and Tammy started a 20-yr.+ journey.

Guitar virtuoso Dave Duncan (Rockin’ Bones) added his licks to the sound in September of 2010. Dave’s unique talents and top shelf shredding were the perfect touch to a dual guitar assault.

Bassist Rick Hale first got Dammaged at the Taste of the Town in August 2011 and he never left the pocket. He provides the thundering bass that holds down the back line.

Jim Clanin started banging drums for The Dammages in December of 2013 for a Beatles vs. Stones benefit at Center Stage. Jim’s rock steady rhythms and inventive style are the perfect fit for The Dammages.

Rick Beato and Friends

Rick Beato and Friends have been playing the Atlanta music seen since the 1990’s, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect their 90’s grunge sound. The three core band members Rick, Jason and Rich are longtime friends and former roommates. The band formed through their love and passion for music, and they continue to pop up on the Atlanta music scene for special events. All three are dads (6 kids total!) and have deep roots in Decatur. Rick Beato began playing guitar in high school. He has a Master’s Degree in Jazz Guitar and Classical Bass. He is a full-time writer/producer and owns Black Dog Sound studio. Jason Tillery has been playing in bands since high school, and his voice will channel the sound of all of your favorite 90s rock legends. He lives in Decatur with his wife Cindi, daughter Ella (Renfroe Middle School) and his son Luke (FAVE and Westchester graduate). Rich Levy learned bass guitar at age 16 and later taught himself how to play guitar so that he could write songs and sing in bands. He has spent his entire career in the music industry- managing bands, booking venues, and now a Senior Vice President at Live Nation Entertainment, the largest producer of live music events in the world.


With MoBeda, no telling what you'll hear… Americana, R&B, Country, Rock'n'Roll, New Orleans funk, World Music, an occasional yodel and some mighty fine originals. MoBeda (in its various arrangements of musicians) has been playing around Decatur and the greater Atlanta area for more than 10 years. Over the years, MoBeda has played for the Oakhurst Porchfest, Mead Road Mardi Gras, Decatur Arts Festival, Lenox Place Neighborhood Association, Eddie’s Attic, Skateraid volunteer parties, Red Light Cafe and, of course, the Decatur ‘Toy Park.’ Jonathan Adams, on vocals and guitar, has been playing in Atlanta for more than 20 years. He continues to gig with his band, the Aerials, and recently released his new album, “Jack Plane.” Jack Brantley (bass, harmonica) of Lenox Place starts his work day at College Heights ECLC as tech specialist; in the afternoons and evenings you'll find him restoring vintage accordions in his cozy shop, Accordionology.com. Patrice Buford, mother to a City Schools of Decatur graduate, will be belting out her soulful, southern-inspired vocals. Todd Davis, father of two Westchester daughters, plays mandolin and guitar. Robby Wilson is on drums keeping this whole thing together.

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