EVERETT — Heart by Heart isn’t really a cover band. It’s a spin off from Heart, one of the Northwest’s most famous stadium rock bands. Bassist Steve Fossen and drummer Mike Derosier were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 along with other members of Heart. And now they lead this spin-off, which has fast become one of Snohomish County’s favorite bands.
Heart by Heart plays Saturday evening at the Historic Everett Theatre and on Jan. 31 at “A Taste of the Taste” at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.
The rest of the band includes well-known Hendrix-style guitarist Randy Hansen, keyboards and guitar player Lizzy Daymont and lead vocalist Somar Macek, who by the way is Fossen’s fiancé. Keyboardist Bob Rivers had to retire from the group in November following some medical issues.
Fossen, 66, often talks about how his band honors the legacy of Heart. What matters most, however, is that he still loves the music from the 1970s and ’80s. “I appreciate the nostalgic experience shared by our fans and the history we bring to the stage when we play,” he said. “Heart did something that translated to a lot of people, and we still play the same way we did then.” Fossen and Derosier have known Hansen for decades. They met Macek in 2008, and she and Fossen formed a duet that played for dinner parties. “Word was getting out that some of us were performing together. We got a call asking Mike, Randy, Somar and me to open for Dwight Yoakam in Anchorage back in 2009,” Fossen said. “We rehearsed and relearned a bunch of Heart material. Well, Yoakam canceled, but, hey, we had a band. It was fun, so we kept rehearsing.”
After a benefit concert at the Everett Station transit center, the word about the band kept spreading. A gig at the Canoes Cabaret at the Tulalip Resort Casino led to the group’s meeting with Daymont. “Lizzy opened for us and then stayed to sing with us. We enjoyed it and then found out she was interested in joining the band,” Fossen said. “Good thing, because my vocals were not what they needed to be. The first time Lizzy and Somar sang together, I thought I was going to cry. Oh, that was cool.” Rivers also joined the band about the same time. “We miss Bob, but you can’t mess around with health.”
Heart by Heart has perfected the hit Heart singles that remain standards of rock radio including “Magic Man,” “Crazy on You,” “Heartless” and “Barracuda.” For a time, original Heart guitarist Roger Fisher, who lives in Monroe and still performs, sat in with the band, too. “But Rog had other things he wanted to do, and we started to get on a regular schedule,” Fossen said. Fisher and Fossen are longtime friends. They, along with Fisher’s brother Mike, were the founding members of the band (while they were students at Inglemoor High School) that eventually became Heart, including Derosier, Ann and Nancy Wilson and Howard Leese.
“During the past five years, Heart by Heart has gained new fans, played on the East Coast and we have gigs booked in California,” Fossen said. “It just keeps going and we are riding the wave.”
The band is looking forward to playing at the old Everett theater, which is managed by one of Fossen’s former Kenmore Junior High School mates*, Curt Shriner. “It’s a neat venue with a lot of history. I love history,” said Fossen, who is a member of the Monte Cristo Preservation Association. “I grew up in Lake Forest Park, but I spent a lot of time in Snohomish County and I still do. It’s a great community for us right now.”
By Gale Fiege
Roger and Michael Fisher’s the long anticipated ALL TOLD Album is complete! CD Release Party February 14th
The Making of All Told, Part One (Taking The Torch & One Vision)
The story of the making of the first of four albums from ONE VISION, the Fisher Brother’s epic project. The One Vision Project is comprised of four volumes. Each acts as a gateway to hundreds of songs, videos, photographs, artwork and written material. The first album, All Told, is an overture to the entire vision, designed to tell a story of the human experience we all share, passing through the stages of life.
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Cherry Creek Radio Broadcasting has stepped up for our third annual 2016 RLS Productions’ Concerts in the Gardens for a 3rd straight year!
Cherry Creek Radio Broadcasting agreed to sign up as the Exclusive Radio Sponsor in our 1st and 2nd years and this year again but with even more aggressive tourism marketing support. This participation will ensure that our radio ADs will succeed in our tourism marketing far outside 50 mile radius of the Wenatchee Valley.
These Coverage Maps represent our tourism marketing reach for our planned radio campaign promoting the Wenatchee Valley, its bedroom communities and Ohme Gardens.
Video and Production/Live Recording Sponsorships with one sponsor needed to finalize the Video Production.
Joint sponsorships between D. A. Davidson, TruTone Audio and GoLakeChelan.com in the one area of sponsorship where we needed support. One more cash sponsor still needed. With this sponsorship there is a SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF ADDED VALUE, RECOGNITION AND VISIBILITY to our current and potential Sponsors and Individual Supporters above and beyond the current guarantees! (Call if you’re interested in helping Sponsor, or be a Supporter or Volunteer 509-669-6872) Thank you in advance!
Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Board President Michelle Green and Executive Director Stacey Lockhart proudly accepted two $2,000 gifts for scholarships this week generated by RLS Productions’ Concerts in the Gardens, a five-week long concert series held throughout July and early August at Ohme Gardens.
This is the second year that Robert and Catherine (Rio) Sandidge, founders and owners of the concert series, have presented the WVC Foundation with a contribution in support of WVC students. This year, the WVC Foundation was overjoyed by the additional matching support from Dennis and Beth Dobbs, owners of Horan Estates Winery in Cashmere, Wash.
“An education is an amazing gift,” the Dobbs said. “The WVC Foundation is an asset in our community. We want those opportunities to continue to be available. Our love of music, continued support of our community and the annual scholarships that arise from RLS Productions’ Concerts in the Gardens series made this contribution a natural fit.”
Robert Sandidge said, “As graduates of Wenatchee Valley College, Rio and I both are especially connected to our community college and its programs. We see the need that students have first-hand and are pleased to be able to give back to support students of the educational institution that is so close to our hearts and in our backyard.” Sandidge serves on the WVC Foundation Board of Directors and is active with the WVC Alumni Association.
Bre Hinkle is one of the students to benefit from scholarship funding from the first season of the RLS Concerts in the Gardens, and had an opportunity to work on promotional materials for the concert season as a WVC Graphic Design student in 2014-15. “Receiving the 2014 scholarship made me want to give back and participate in making these scholarships continue to grow, to give more students the boost they need to continue their education and keep following their dreams,” Hinkle said.
Hinkle is now employed in the marketing department at the Town Toyota Center and continues her involvement in the concerts as a volunteer and WVC alumna.
Michelle Green, WVC Foundation President said, “The WVC Foundation can’t thank all of the supporters and sponsors of the RLS Productions’ Concerts in the Gardens enough—words can’t express how much their support means to us and we thank everyone who is involved, as a sponsor, a concert ticket holder or a musician who has performed. We can’t wait for 2016!” Green is an attorney and partner of the law firm Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward in Wenatchee and a graduate of Cashmere High School.
National artists dominated the 2015 concerts lineup. Robert and Rio Sandidge, with the support of their sponsors and others, established RLS Productions’ Concerts in the Gardens in 2013.