The Legendary Lake Monsters are a sizzling high energy 10-piece band bringing together the talents of Anita Baturin (vocals) and Paul May (vocals and guitar), Leo Illomin (Keys/Vocal), Aaron French (Bass) and Greg Baturin (Drums), with a driving 5 piece horn section of Alto Sax (Alex Barss), Tenor Sax (Craig Carmody) and Bari Sax (Cory Bagg) , with Trombone (Ann Dorval) and Trumpet (Al Szelgia)
Think Gloria Estefan meets Amy Winehouse walking into a club to jam with the Tower of Power, Carlos is playing guitar with Prince, all this is happening in Chicago in a Time Warp. That’s the Legendary Lake Monsters from Vernon, British Columbia.
Dance was the reason that The Legendary Lake Monsters formed in 2012, creating a dance band unlike any other in the Okanagan; a dynamic and entertaining horn-driven sound, playing music from a wide range of genres including Swing, R&B, ‘60 to 80s Pop and Rock (such as Steely Dan, Eurythmics , David Bowie, Van Morrison, B52, Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Beatles,etc), Rat Pack Vocal Pop, Funk, Latin, and 21st-century horns based music from artists such as Bruno Mars, Colin James, Cake, Amy Winehouse. Maroon Five, Trombone Shorty, Adele, Meghan Trainor, Magic, Shemekia Copeland. The Monsters can do full sets of one genre, or mix them up depending on the event.
Members of the band have shared the stage with internationally known artists such as: Colin James, Mike Reno (Loverboy), Jo Burt (formerly of Black Sabbath), Dzal Martin (The Equals), Jack Lovin (Powder Blues), Russell Jackson (The BB King Band), Alfie Zappacosta, Paul Laine, and Sonny Rhodes (Sonny Rhodes Blues Band).
In the past few years the Legendary Lake Monsters have played to large audiences at Vernon’s Funtastic Music Festival, the Penticton Peachfest Music Festival, Penticton’s massive Rib and Music Festival, Vernon Jazz Club, Vibrant Vines Winery, Lorenzo’s Cafe, The Green Pub, Sparkling Hills resort and the 400+ capacity Vernon Prestige Lodge, performing a fabulous Bond 007 themed New Years night in 2015, a popular 2017 sizzling Mardi Gras New Years, and a classy Rat Pack Las Vegas 2018 NYE tribute. We have also performed at many private functions, parties, weddings and fundraiser events such as Rotary Dream Auction, Kindale Diamond Premiere, Cotton’s Chocolate Valentine’s for Mexico, Dancing with Vernon and Shuswap Stars.
The Legendary Lake Monsters love getting together to create and share music.
As our guitarist, Paul May reflects “one of the great joys of playing music is the ability to use the experiences we’ve developed over a lifetime, to make the best music we can with good friends.”