"We're considered a progressive rock band, but our songs are accessible to all listeners," says Sean Reiter, the guitarist in the Philadelphia-based prog outfit Shadow Merchant. Founded by three radiologists (the term "Shadow Merchant" is an old, slang term for radiologist), keyboardist Michael LaBuono cites '70s artists like Kansas, Genesis and Yes as influences. (He even plays keys in the Genesis tribute band Trespass on the side). Their latest release is entitled Tomorrow. Find-out more at www.shadowmerchant.net
BAND MEMBERS: Yvonne Blackwell on vocals, Michael LaBuono on keyboards, Sean Reiter on guitar, Howard Whitman on vocals/bass, and David Lee on drums.
OUR DAY GIGS: We each have full-time "day jobs." Our band consists of a doctor (radiologist), editor, speech pathologist, electrical engineer, and a hospital information systems administrator.
HOW WE GOT STARTED: Three radiologists working in the same medical practice discovered that they were all musicians with similar interests in music. Our lineup has morphed a little over time, though we still have one radiologist in the group.
FAVORITE GEAR: Korg Kronos, Nord Electro.
GIGS WE PLAY: ROSfest (annual international progressive rock festival), Rockin' Docs for Diabetes Cure (annual benefit concert), NJ Proghouse music series, and local bars.
OTHER INTERESTS: Our interests range from floor hockey, exercise and reading, to playing in cover bands (Genesis, Billy Joel and Cars tribute bands) and dance bands, to watching and playing sports (hockey, baseball, basketball), building computers, and sleeping!