ROMEO CHAMPAGNE BAND BIO’s
Guitarist and vocalist, Chris Coalt Jr., was inﬂuenced by his father to play guitar at age 12. It was not long after when
began to write his own songs. Chris received an early perspective of what it takes to be in a group, by sitting in and
performing with his father’s band. During high school, Chris furthered his abilities through instruction from a
variety of mentors and focusing his time on his own trio. At age 18, he joined his father and formed the band “The
Cartel”. Chris gained experience by playing gigs, used his songwriting abilities to record an all original C.D. with the
band, and also broadened his knowledge by studying music at Sinclair Community College. His creativity and skills
were also strengthened by taking lessons from local Dayton Jazz musician, Michael Kotur, and studying at the
Dayton Jazz Arts Studio.
Chris played a brief stint with fellow-guitarist Noah Wotherspoon, while still continuing to play with the Cartel. He
joined Sauers to form Romeo Champagne in 2006. Chris is a dynamic part of Romeo with his eclectic writing style
and driving ambition on the guitar. His unique style provides a sound that produces a tonal energy for the crowd
who in return keeps him focused and able to produce a powerful and energetic performance.
Drummer and vocalist, Joshua D. Johnson, has been active in the Dayton, Ohio music scene for about 15 years
playing various styles of music from alternative to roots and blues. During the 12 year period of playing with The
Noah Wotherspoon Band he played seven consecutive years at the Chicago Blues Festival and recorded with a
number of artists including Hubert Sumlin and Marshall Jones of The Ohio Players. Josh has gained inspiration
from sharing the stage with distinguished musicians such as Leon Russell, Boz Scaggs, Hubert Sumlin, Bob Margo-
lin & Willie quot;Big Eyesquot; Smith, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Joe Bonamassa. Through the years Josh has
played renowned rooms from Gilly's in Dayton, Ohio to Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, Illinois. He brings an
element to Romeo Champagne like no other with his steady rhythm, dynamic ﬁlls and vocals.
Band founder, Danny Sauers, was born in Trois Rivières, Quebec, to a musical family that taught him that spoons
were not just eating utensils. Introduced to the tenor sax at the age of 9 he began his musical journey. In another
7 years, Danny began playing in clubs. It would be the musicians he met in those places that would inﬂuence his
style. It would be in those clubs that he would develop his love for rock, blues, funk, jazz, reggae and zydeco. Danny
developed his “old school” vibe playing blues with Piney Brown, Snapper Mitcham and Eddie King, his groove
playing reggae with Seefari, Groove Therapy and Demolition Crew, his desire playing fusion and traveling with
Heavy Weather and his story with singer/songwriter Sharon Lane. His ﬁre and soulfulness is bled from many a
wondrous adventure such as; hitchhiking throughout the country, living in the high desert and the stories heard
while driving a taxi.
Danny has shared the stage with many inﬂuences such as Leon Russell, John Hammond Jr., Koko Taylor, Lonnie
Mack, Johnny Neal, Paul Gerimiah, Rory Block, Mikey Dread, Beanie Man and many more. Danny’s mission is to
continue mixing it up with a funky backbeat wherever it may take him.
Rob Thaxton began playing music at age 10 when he picked up the saxophone for elementary school band class.
While he continued to play the sax through high school, he found a new love in the guitar, which he began playing
at age 11. He started lessons with Springﬁeld based guitarist John Lippolis in his freshman year of high school and
continued studying with Mr. Lippolis throughout his high school years. At the age of 14 Rob began playing the
bass guitar after becoming interested in his high school jazz ensemble. Rob played bass in the jazz ensemble for 4
years including 3 years with the Champaign County All County Jazz Band. He then went on to study bass at Capital-
University in Columbus Ohio after Graduating.
An avid jazz fan, Rob draws much of his musical inﬂuence from many bassists and other instrumentalists such as:
John Patitucci, Jaco Pastroius, Dave Holland, Michael Brecker, Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett, John Scoﬁeld, Joshua
Redman, and many others. In his spare time Rob enjoys cooking, reading up on history, philosophy, and politics,
and giving bass and guitar lessons.
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ROMEO CHAMPAGNE GENERAL INFO
PERSONAL APPEARANCES Romeo Champagne entertains at over 100 personal appearances each year, ranging
from festivals to select theatres and auditoriums across the US.
CORPORATE OFFICE Romeo Champagne - c/o AlchemyHouse Presents, POB 202 Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387; Phone:
(937) 523-0252; E-mail: email@example.com
MANAGEMENT/DEVELOPMENT/TV/CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP Tom Blessing, AlchemyHouse Productions, Inc., POB
202 Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387; Phone: (937) 523-0252; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOKING Danny Sauers - Phone: (937) 219-8237; E-Mail: email@example.com
PUBLIC RELATIONS AlchemyAgency c/o Goodman Blessing & Assoc.; Phone: (937) 768-3133; E-mail:
FAN CLUB Romeo Champagne International Fan Club and Street Teams, POB 202, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387;
Phone: (937) 523-0252
• Website: http://www.romeochampagne.com
• MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/romeochampagne
• Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/romeochampagne
MERCHANDISE Romeo Champagne Merchandising, POB 202, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387 Phone: (937) 523-0252
PHILANTHROPIC ACTIVITIES The group has been involved in a wide range of giving-activities such as providing
performances for the Shawnee Remnant Band at Zane Caverns in Ohio each year beginning in 2006, performing live
for various not for proﬁts to support income for families of musicians who are in need and to raise awareness of the
missing. For more information about philanthropic activities, please send a letter of request to Romeo Champagne
Management, POB 202 Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387.
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