About Blind Date
“Blind Date engages their audience, exhibits real musicianship, and knows how to get people on the dance floor.”
-AustinExperience.comAustin’s most accomplished musicians. Well known for their incredibly versatile repertoire - consisting of everything from dance music to rock, jazz, country and hip-hop - the band performs in top venus all over the United States. Blind Date works with each client before the event to compose the perfect set list, and tailors each performance to suit the client’s needs. And Blind Date can shift styles effortlessly during an event to augment the party’s mood.
Meet the Band
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Scott Benner is an accomplished saxophonist. Born in Texas, but well traveled, Scott has lived and worked in Los Angeles, New York, and Las Vegas. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a Degree in Jazz Performance where he was a member of the One O’Clock Lab Band and later received a Master of Music Degree from Texas State University. He has a wealth of experience in all musical styles and has played with a wide range of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, The Temptations, and Huey Lewis.
Jason Meekins’ interest in music started at age 4 when he started singing with his family’s gospel group. He has been called the “best drummer in Austin” and has had the privilege of playing with well respected musicians like: Israel Houghton, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Randy Phillips of Phillips, Craig, and Dean. Jason can be seen playing on “Alabanza Real,” a nationally broadcasted Latin Music TV show. Jason brings feel and groove to Blind Date’s live performances. It’s hard not to dance when Jason’s keeping the beat!
Bass Guitar, Vocals
Mike Rosch is a first call bassist in Austin and surrounding areas. His versatility and abilities keep him very busy as he is consistently being asked to perform with various groups of all different styles, including jazz, rock, Latin, Salsa and country. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University and is recognized for his virtuosity on multiple instruments. In 2005, Mike was selected as the bassist for the first Hard Rock Café House Band and has won several other awards for his playing.
Mark Ellis is a graduate of the Texas State University Music Department. He taught electronic music composition at Texas State University and teaches guitar, piano, and saxophone at South Austin Music. Mark’s versatility on the guitar allows him to play numerous styles effortlessly including classical guitar, jazz, rock, and country. He has played with Harry Connick, Jr., members of George Strait’s band, and opened for many groups including the Dixie Chicks and Steve Vai.
Taz is a talented entertainer and possesses one of the most versatile singing voices in Austin. An accomplished performer, he has performed with many local acts and is well known in the Austin Music Scene. Taz’s enthusiasm on stage is infectious and he is known to do whatever it takes to get people dancing and having a great time. You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen him belting out the songs of Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder!
Daughter of a Grammy nominated singer, Chelsea Lane was born and raised in a very musically talented household. She’s a singer and a songwriter as well, using her gifts as a guitarist and keyboardist to compose her own music. She has had the opportunity to study and perform in Australia, Guatemala, and different parts of Europe, which has played a huge role in helping her become the talented singer and musician she is today. There is no doubt whatsoever in saying that Chelsea Lane will bring a joyful exuberance and life to any party or event.