R-Gang
R-Gang About Us

 

 

 

“Frankfort loves R-Gang, and they get better every year.
They are musicians, performers and gentlemen. Great show!”
— Pam Griffith
Frankfort Chamber of Commerce



"If you can't dance to this band, then check your pulse!"
— Franklin Park SummerFest



R-Gang is considered one of the best R&B dance bands in the Chicago area. Specializing in R&B, funk & soul from the Motown era into the 21st Century, R-Gang is comprised of the most highly respected members of Chicagoland's musical community, with backgrounds as diverse as the band members. From playing with national acts like Survivor or Mavis Staples, to writing and recording for groups like Doobie Bros. or Buddy Guy, to performing as on-field band for the Chicago Bears and pre-game entertainment for the Chicago Bulls, the musicians in R-Gang hold years of experience. You can rest assured you'll get high-quality, professional musicianship to make your event a smashing success. R-Gang's clients include many of Chicago's top corporations, festivals & park districts, niteclubs, country clubs, and non-profits, with a solid, loyal, upscale following throughout the region. Proven talent + great music + solid performance + reliability all adds up to the highest entertainment value for you.

 

Anthony OwensAnthony Owens, vocals
Anthony (Rick) Owens rounds out the vocal talent in the group with his clear falsetto. Rick previously performed with Robert Davis as a founding member of Chambers of Time, opening for The Emotions and the Ohio Players.

 
Wil Crosby, guitar
Wil grew up in a musical family surrounded by some of Chicago's jazz & blues greats. Wil's own blues credentials are as deep as his background in Soul & Gospel. He played guitar with Eddie Clearwater, and subsequently with many Chicago blues legends, including Mighty Joe Young, Willie Clayton & Otis Clay.  Chicago is the birthplace of Gospel music, and Wil's roots took hold in that genre as well, performing with Gospel greats, the Staple Singers, for over 10 years. Wil appeared with Pops Staples at the 1995 Grammy Awards in an all-star jam with Bonnie Raitt, Phil Upchurch, WahWah Watson, Isaac Hayes & Maria Muldar. Wil was the 1996 winner of the Albert King Award and was invited to perform at the White House in 1998. More recently, Wil has toured  worldwide with Mavis Staples, who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2005 Grammy Awards.
 
Mike Delvalle, keyboards, vocals
Keyboard player Mike DalValle studied music at Western Illinois University, where he played with the school jazz band. He formed the band, Landslide, in 1978, recording a never released album before moving on to “What the Funk”, backing long time TK records vocalist Cat Cox. In the mid-90s Mike joined the group, Magpie, recording 2 LPs on Chicago’s Northport label. He formed the group Manhattan Project in 2005 and joined R-Gang in 2011. Mike also plays bass, guitar and mandolin.
 
Linard Stroud, drums
Linard Stroud began playing drums at age 3 with his dad at the legendary lakefront drum circles. Hailing from a musical family, Linard's father performed background vocals with artists such as the late great Tyrone Davis, Otis Clay, and others. His "extended" musical family included Morris Jennings (drums, Chess Records), Ramsey Lewis, Margie Stroud (piano/vocals) and James Stroud (drummer for Gladys Knight). Linard has performed and/or recorded with various gospel, blues, jazz and r&b artists, such as Lionel Hampton, The Winans, CC Winans, Jennifer Holiday, Buddy Guy, Syl Johnson, and other greats.


Band Leadership

Robert Robert Davis, lead vocals
Prior to R-Gang, Robert performed both as a soloist and previously as a member of The Chambers of Time. He has performed live at venues such as Park West, Holiday Star Theatre and Riviera Niteclub opening for the Staple Singers, Joe Tex and Stephanie Mills. An exceptional showman, Robert was a finalist at an open audition for lead singer with Kool & the Gang. Robert is also a keyboardist & songwriter.

 

Bill Syniar, bass
Longtime bass player/songwriter Bill Syniar is a familiar figure on the local music scene. In 1978 Bill co-founded the recording group Tantrum, producing 3  LP's on the Ovation label. He later joined Alan Hewitt & 88, making two appearances with the group on the nationally-syndicated TV show, StarSearch. Bill toured throughout Europe and the U.S. as bass player for CBS/Scotti Bros. recording artists Survivor, appearing with them in concert and on German television. He appears on Survivor's "Too Hot to Sleep" and "Greatest Hits" LPs. Bill also played bass on the Ides of March CD "Ideology," as well as the  "High Gear" album by Christian metal group White Cross. Bill has writtten music for the Doobie Bros., as well as for solo albums for Kansas vocalist Steve Walsh, members of the band Toto and countless other recording projects. He has performed live at major arenas across the U.S.

 

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