The original 'Ohms Brothers' was a quartet formed by Bud Alsup and Dennis Schilligo. Long after the group disbanded, Dennis was working as soloist when Bud showed up and sat in at one of Dennis' performances. The pairing was instantly popular with the crowd and that was the beginning of the 'Ohms Brothers Duo'. When schedules changed and Bud could no longer devote enough time to the duo, Dennis enlisted his old friend Guy Kingsbury and the success continued and grew. The duo is in its 11th year now!
Dennis Schilligo works hard to be thought of as one of the best singer guitar players in the region. He has had a long and excellent career as a solo singer, guitarist and entertainer. Dennis' experience from many years of frequent live performances, combined with his extensive knowledge and love of popular music, helped him develop a crowd pleasing repertoire. That experience, knowledge and success was the foundation for the duo work. Prior to his solo career, Dennis was a lead vocalist, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist in groups around the area. His involvement in music started at an early age when he taught himself to play the drums his older brother Robert brought home. As years passed, Dennis picked up the guitar as well as a little experience with fiddle, banjo and harmonica. (Dennis is also a skilled freelance graphic artist with a website at http://www.maxgamut.com.)
Guy Kingsbury is a powerful lead vocalist and gifted guitarist. His impressive guitar work adds a unique instrumental flair to the remarkably full sound the Ohms Brothers duo produces. Guy can deliver an engaging lead vocal and guitar performance or stand back and weave an amazing melody with his guitar while delivering bursts of great vocal harmony. In addition to his powerful vocals, Guy's unusual left-handed playing of a right-handed strung guitar (basically upside down) draws a lot of interest from people familiar with the instrument. Guy's exceptional musical abilities have placed his skills as lead vocalist and guitarist in high demand with numerous bands in the Saint Louis Region. On any weekend, you can find him playing with one of a half dozen or so great bands in local music venues.
Bud Alsup was one of the original Ohms Brothers and is a good friend and musical associate of both Dennis and Guy. Bud is an amazing guitarist whose superior talents as a guitarist and vocalist allow him to be the front man for a band or enhance the sound of any musical act. He is a player's player. Bud's vocal skills dovetail nicely with the Ohms Brothers style of music. His outstanding finger-style guitar work brings a different dimension to the Ohms Brothers sound, plus his vast knowledge and repertoire of popular music makes Bud a perfect fit with the Ohms Brothers sound. In addition to occasionally playing with his fellow Ohms Brothers, Bud can be seen and heard around the area playing in a duo called 'Double Play' with the talented bassist Steve Kish. Bud and Steve frequently expand their sound by adding a percussionist and go under the name 'Triple Play'. You will often see other talented local and regional musicians sitting in with the group.
Frequently Asked Questions from Fans or Venue Management:
Q: Are the Ohms Brothers really brothers?
A: No. The Ohms Brothers is just a name. It is a reference to a measure of electrical resistance named after the discoverer, Georg Ohm. The term "Ohms" is often seen in the technical specifications of musical equipment like loud speakers or other gear.
Q: How did you meet?
A: Dennis and Guy met many years ago when both were employed by the same company as graphic artists. They quickly became good friends and began a musical association that has lasted decades. Dennis met Bud a few years later at an open audition and the musical chemistry was apparent immediately.
Q: What kind of music do the Ohms Brothers play?"
A: The best description might be "Modern Classics" or "Smooth Rock". Those would be exceptional musical selections from fairly recent times that can connect with people of various ages and backgrounds. The large repertoire includes many of those modern classics from a wide variety of musical genre as well as a number of eclectic tunes that add a uniqueness to the performances. That repertoire gets delivered with well-polished vocals and guitar work that catches and holds the attention of listeners. The repeat bookings by venue managers attests to the ability to create a special music for a party atmosphere and entertain guests.
Q: How loud do you play?
A: The smooth sound is delivered at controlled volume levels that allow the audience members and venue staff to converse comfortably. The equipment was specifically selected to allow playing softly in a small setting or expand the system to play large venues with volume levels appropriate for each situation.
Q: Why the name Ohms Brothers?
A: As mentioned in the first answer, Georg Ohm was a 19th century German physicist. His work resulted in the unit of measurement for electrical resistance or impedance, "ohms", being named for him. Audio speakers and other gear used by musicians often carry an Ohms rating indicated with a number followed by the Greek letter "Omega". That Omega symbol is the inspiration for the Ohms Brothers logo.
Playing with other musicians creates, or requires, a sort of union, kinship or "brotherhood". The name Ohms Brothers is a parody on the name of the 50's vocal quartet, the Ames Brothers. Plus "The Ohms Brothers" sounded interesting with all that stuff about Ohms Law, electricity, audio equipment, et cetera. Basically, the name is short and unique and then there is that nice Greek omega that is used in many ways. Omega is also the last letter of the Greek alphabet, which is kind of cool in itself. You get the picture.
Here's a little more background and history...
Dennis, Guy and Bud work continuously to improve each performance. One of their goals is to be thought of as the best duo in the Saint Louis and Saint Charles region of Missouri. They practice their musical craft in an effort to deliver the best vocal and guitar duo performances possible.
Saint Louis is a city well known for great musicians. To be thought of as one of the best acoustic duos in Saint Louis, audiences must hear exceptional singers or vocalists who can sing a ballad or a rocker or a folk song with style and power backed up with great harmony. The Ohms Brothers work hard to achieve that goal being consider among the best musical duos in the Saint Louis metro region. Exceptional vocals supported by impressive guitar work are combined with depth of musical experience to allow Dennis, Guy and Bud to present some of the best vocal duo work accompanied by outstanding guitar musicianship in the greater St. Louis and St. Charles area.
By constantly expanding and refining his repertoire, Dennis Schilligo strives to be considered among the best solo guitarist vocalists in Saint Louis, Saint Charles eastern Missouri region. His repertoire is a diverse mix of musical styles and songs that appeals to audiences with broad age ranges and tastes.
The "Ohms musical brotherhood" extends beyond the musicians listed above. Many good friends and musicians have played a part in developing the great sound you will hear when you come to see any of these musical acts. We all owe a debt of gratitude to many other musicians for helping us along the way.
Dennis would like to express his special appreciation to long-time friends and musicians like Chuck Burchfield, Ron Dudash and Joe Xanders who still provide support and encouragement. It should also mentioned that long ago, in a time before the internet, there were two other original Ohms Brothers, Tom Downar and Kevin Knudson. Special thanks to Tom & Kevin for being there with Dennis and Bud at the very beginning.
Thanks to all the friends, family, musicians and venue owners that make it all possible but a special thanks to the music lovers that come out and listen!
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