The Business brings the “Real Deal” to your event.  Six of the best players that Western North Carolina has to offer comprise this incredibly energetic and soulful group.  The Business pays tribute to two great eras of music, the glamorous vocal jazz era of the 20’s 30’s and 40’s and the infectious Motown and Soul era from the 50’s trough the 70s. With a repertoire that includes the hits from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Lois Armstrong, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Al green and many more, you will delight on the dance floor or from your seat as the music is infectious to dancers and listeners alike.  Whether you prefer a classic vocal jazz ensemble or a “blow the roof off the place” dance band, or both, The Business delivers the goods.  Even if you don’t like surprises, you’ll love this one.  Treat yourself and your guests to the best in the business and let The Business do the rest.

 

“Not your average wedding and special events band, The Business is just the right mix of heart and soul with incredible musicianship. An all star collection of Asheville based players whose love of music and having fun is evident from the first note.”

Peggy Ratuz, Asheville’s finest blues Diva.


Rob Geisler - Bass

Rob Geisler has been playing bass for 18yrs. Originally from Miami, growing up in Greenville SC, he attended the Fine Arts Center School for the Performing Arts. Since then, his music has taken him to NY, where he studied at Manhattan School of Music, to Atlanta where he toured and recorded with many artists, touring out of Nashville with various talents, and finally ending up in Asheville NC where he has found himself in "the kitchen" with the best of the best, cook'n up some of the hottest grooves ever.
   Tom Leiner - Guitar

Tom Leiner started playing guitar when he was 10, originally from NYC, Tom has played in R & B, funk, soul, singer/songwriter bands, lived and worked in Nashville playing country music, and now is an in-demand session and live guitarist...and he is handsome
 

 Ben Hovey - Trumpet

Over the past 20 years he has performed and/or recorded with many artists, including George Clinton, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Galactic, Stephen and Damian Marley, Asheville Horns, Josh Phillips, Agent 23. The Secret B-Sides, Woody Wood, Julius and Felix Pastorious, Suenalo, and many more.Besides playing trumpet with The Business, he also performs his original live solo electronic/acoustic soul, jazz, dub, downtempo music at the Indigo Hotel, Market Place Restaurant, and various other venues.

  Scott Mills - Sax

Scott Mills has been involved with music since the age of seven. He studied music at Winthrop University and has been playing in music scenes from Greevnville SC to Los Angeles over the past decade.  Scott often finds himself making music in a plethora of styles from rock, jazz and funk to contra dance, folk, ambient and Indian kirtan.
   Joey K - Drums

Joey K has been playing drums since the age of 5.  Growing up in Los Angeles California has given him the opportunity to play with musicians from all over the world. Joey's versatility in being able to play jazz, blues, r&b, funk, and rock Has made him a commodity here in Asheville NC. When asked about his playing Joey said, "keeping time, making it swing, and moving a dance floor, is the business I’m in."
   Jim Arrendell - Vocals

Jim Arrendell has been at home on the stage since a child.  He has starred in music theater productions and has been an instrumentalist/vocalist in many professional bands over the years The Business represents his most ambitious project to date as he hands the instrumentation to the best of the best and takes over at center stage.