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About Two Twelve the Band
Michael " Your RockStar for the night " Labrecque
- Lead Vocalist
Hails from the northern parts of Vermont. He was raised on heavy doses of early rock n roll with the likes of Aerosmith and ZZ TOP, just to name a few.
He sang right along with them, loud and clear until his mom screamed at him to turn that racket down! it's quite obvious by his vocal strength, that little Michael was not exactly an obedient child?.
When he moved to California back in the summer of 1995, he dazzled karaoke audiences, but soon got tired of waiting in line to sing. So he joined The Bone Yard Dogs, playing throughout the Inland Empire and the Coachella Valley, thrilling huge crowds at biker weekend events at the famed Kickstand in Palm Springs.
Michael then joined the LA band Without Warning from which he still maintains a loyal following. Today, he is the voice to the power trio 212! A power trio with power vocals , how does that not work! Michael truly fell into this spot by a pure stroke of luck.
Chuck Baum, one of the original members of the band, still scratches his head wondering out loud, How does one not read an email for 3 weeks and still get the gig? Michael has an awesome wife and 3 kids that support his music addiction. The band is very grateful that they allow him to come out and play with the boys as often as they do!
Chuck Baum - Lead Guitar / Vocals
What to say about Chuck Baum? Well we can tell you this much from our own personal experience. EVERYBODY loves Chuck. He has to be one of the most likeable guys in the industry.
Chuck started playing guitar at age 11. The first real band he played in was called Orion Trooper. Chuck started with them right as he turned 15 (my freshman year in high school). We played a lot of school dances and private parties.
The next band he started was called Back Pages and played with these guys until the end of my sophomore year. Shortly after that, Chuck met some local musicians and started a band called Emanon (which is NO NAME BACK WARDS) we played alot of bars in Chicago and Wisconsin.
When Chuck went to college , my musical career pretty much ended.
Between 1982 and 2010 Chuck would just gig with different bands as the opportunities allowed. In March of 2010, he decided to pick up the guitar again and get back to some serious playing. Shortly after, he found himself as lead guitarist for the Suzanne Oliver Band. In December of 2011 he moved on from SOB to form a new band called Two Twelve/212 (which by the way is the boiling point of water).
We have gone through quite a few incarnations with this group, but think we have actually landed on the perfect recipe. Chuck is hoping that this band will get 212 back into playing casinos and larger venues.In the past year he has had the privilege of playing with Jeff Beck, Paul Stanley, and Lita Ford. Chuck really enjoys getting back into his music! Jimmy and him are ecstatic to have our new members on board. We are ready to kick ass and take names.
Jimmy " Mystery" Thomas - Bass / Vocals
A Southern California native, grew up in a family of musicians. Mom, Laura, a pianist and dad, George, a jazz vocalist. You can usually catch them at many of the local gigs!
Jimmy is supported by his wonderful wife Diane. (Thanks Doll for putting up with my equipment obsession !)
Jimmy got his own start in music in the third grade with brass wind instruments. He too continued to play through his high school years in band. He received his first bass guitar in the 6th grade, and from that point forward, it has been his main passion. Jimmy played in several garage bands.
In high school, he co-founded the band "Chaser", a classic rock cover band local to Sunnymead, CA. After graduating high school, Jimmy worked with a Riverside band, touring the Los Angeles and Orange County music scenes. They were the opening band on many big stages throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. As the story goes for many musicians, the treacherous day job? eventually took over and Jimmy had to put music on the back burner. It's common knowledge, that once you are bitten by the music bug, you can never stay away for long.
After relocating back to the desert in 2000, Jimmy got bit by the music bug once again and by 2002, was scratching that itch with a vengeance. He was out in the local music scene playing in several bands, gigging at the Tack Room Tavern, The Red Barn, Augustine Casino, Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Casino, and Palm Desert Country Club. When Jimmy and Chuck met in 2011, they set out to put together a hot-rockin band ,the band we now know and love, called Two Twelve/212.
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