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Formed in 2017, SLiCK31 is a high-energy, vocal-driven band with a diverse repertoire of familiar, but not hackneyed, tunes performed live without the use of loops or other pre-recorded enhancements. When attending a SLiCK31 show, you will be dancing and singing along to your favorite current hits as well as some forgotten classics from a variety of genres, including pop rock, hip-hop, 80s and 90s rock, country, and more. You can catch SLiCK31 performing at bars, festivals, and other venues throughout Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. SLiCK31 is also available for private events. Request a Quote for your wedding, graduation, community event or other entertainment needs. Follow SLiCK31 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay current with the band’s event schedule, photos, videos, and other activities.
SLiCK 31 is a vocal-driven band, plain and simple and Sarah Warfield and Chris Allen are its heart and soul. Sarah and Chris. Chris and Sarah. There is not one without the other and there is no SLiCK 31 without them both.
Their paths first crossed in Zanesville, where Sarah was stage manager for a local production and Chris was a stagehand. Sarah was blessed with “the voice” and was accepted into an elite school for arts at a young age where she worked on mastering her instrument. Chris was a basketball star (Number 31. You connect the dots.) who supplemented his passion for the court with a growing interest in the stage, which later turned to a growing interest in Sarah.
As a vocalist, either you have the pipes, or you don’t. As an athlete, either you have the goods, or you don’t. Sarah and Chris had that in common when it came to music. Both can, and do, deliver to give SLiCK 31 its distinctive edge and make it the unique product that it is. They found themselves, singing together, for the first time, at a Miss Ohio pageant. They’ve been on stage together ever since.
Their influences help shape the diverse presentation SLiCK 31 delivers to its audience. Sarah’s early inspirations include Patsy Cline, Bette Midler and Celine Dione, while Chris is rooted in the music of Brian McKnight, Usher, and rap artists like the Wu Tang Clan, Eminem and Jay-Z. However, both are comfortable with and accomplished in all musical genres.
Sarah and Chris not only became one vocally, they became one as a family. Their story is familiar. They got day-gigs, started a family and left performing behind them, with the exception of singing in the church choir, where they ran headlong into Keith and Lindsay Fockler. The result was the formation of SLiCK 31 where their versatility and talent anchor the band to make it the refreshing, musical anomaly that it is.
Lindsay Fockler hails from a musical family. Her father is a drummer. Her mother is a university-trained pianist and educator. Lindsay began studying piano under her mother’s tutelage at age four. She was in band and choir in middle and high school, studying clarinet and saxophone. She furthered her musical resume at Baldwin-Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music with a double major.
Despite a life of music, music was not to be her profession. However, it remained her passion and she stayed connected to it by being music director at Tusky Valley High School and Middle School on top of a full-time career.
Three events changed Lindsay’s musical outlook and direction in recent years. Her marriage to Keith Fockler, SLiCK31’s bass player. A discovered passion for electronic keyboards and palette of sounds they provide beyond the piano’s singular voice. Finally, her friendship with vocalists, Chris Allen and Sarah Warfield, all of which culminated in the formation of SLiCK31 and a pivot toward an eclectic choice of music including modern R&B, hip-hop and pop, and to live performance.
So, what do you do when you’re a keyboardist, saxophonist, and a vocalist? You do it all all, often at the same time, which Lindsay can and does do with SLiCK31, which earned her the nickname, The Octopus.
Lindsay’s versatility allows SLiCK31 to perform multi-layered and highly produced music, seldom performed live, without the aid of loops or pre-recorded backing tracks. Combined with her formal training she adds a unique element to the organic and rock-influenced approaches of other band members to produce the unique presentation that is SLiCK31.
It’s his fault. SLiCK 31, that is. It was Keith Fockler who hatched and championed the idea to form a band and take it public.
Fockler is the classic overachiever, whether it’s running a flourishing consulting business or being the bassist for SLiCK 31. Keith brings his unapologetic entrepreneurial outlook and energy to the band, which comes out noticeably in his playing. A band mini-bus, web site, tee shirts, even SLiCK 31 masks, are testament to the fact that Fockler dabbles in nothing. It’s full bore or why bother?
The bass was not Keith’s first instrument. He started out on trumpet in grade school. His high school had so few students, in middle school, he found himself playing trumpet in the high school marching band, concert and jazz bands. In the first step that would become a pattern, he switched to the drums. All the drummers graduated, they needed drummers, so Keith stepped forward. Trumpet and drums gave Keith a solid foundation in melody and rhythm. High school also marked Keith first venture into popular music when he and a couple of classmates formed a band.
At Grove City College, he wrote songs with his roommate, which is atypical for a drummer, but invaluable in understanding composition. Keith drummed in various bands around campus. Several battle-of-the-band competitions were won with Fockler in the drum chair. Musically, everything was on the upswing. It was at this point that Keith, always up to a challenge, abruptly switched to the bass. The band he was in needed a bass player, so Keith stepped forward.
To the benefit of SLiCK 31 and its audience, the bass has been Keith’s mainstay ever since, although, he has been known to sit behind the kit or pick up the guitar, if need be. It is said that behind every successful venture there is a maniac with a mission. For SLiCK 31, that maniac is Keith Fockler. He possesses vision, drive and just happens to be one heck of a bass player.
Clint Alguire has been a drummer for four decades. His influences and playing style are eclectic. This has enabled him to play in blues bands, rock bands, jazz combos, avant garde projects, in the pit orchestra for the Canton Players Guild, with the New Philadelphia Philharmonic, and now, in the vocal-centric band, SLiCK31.
Alguire played eight years with Nashville-based singer, song writer and guitarist, Patrick Sweany, touring the U.S. opening shows for the Black Keys, Buddy Guy and Double Trouble, and more. Sweany’s song, “Them Shoes,” with Alguire on drums, is in rotation on satellite radio and is on the personal playlist of actor, Matthew Mcconaughey.
Alguire drums for the iconic, 15-60-75, better known as the Numbers Band, whose music has been covered by Chrissy Hynde, Johnny Rotten, and more. The Numbers Band, with Alguire behind the kit, played to a sold-out audience, in New York’s Bowery Electric in Greenwich Village in 2013.
Alguire met bassist, composer and arranger, Jeff Beitzel, in 1981 as the two prepared for a live performance for the Coffee Break Concert series on legendary Cleveland radio station WMMS. Later, the duo worked other artists to regularly record five albums of new music every year.
In August, 2017, Alguire joined the Slick 31 band by happenstance. When the original drummer opted out of the group, Alguire agreed to fill in until a replacement could be hired. He has been with SLiCK31 ever since.
SLiCK31 offers Alguire exposure to music he might never have played otherwise, such as modern R&B, pop and hip-hop and allows him to support a cast of talented vocalists and musicians in an ensemble capable of performing live, music which is typically the domain of DJs. Alguire stays busy working to improve and associate with people who are committed to and passionate about music.
To complete the lineup necessary to pull off its eclectic repertoire, SLiCK31 needed a guitar player. Guitar players are a dime a dozen. A guitar player who would approach their song list as more than a collection of Karaoke tracks to shred over would be rarer than a 1959 Gibson Flying V.
Enter Ray LaMarca. Ray fit the bill perfectly in ability, experience and temperament. When Ray auditioned for the band, he played just one tune. That was it. That’s all that was needed. Ray LaMarca became SLiCK31’s guitar player on the spot.
It’s not like Ray was from next door. Ray lived in Brunswick. The other band members resided in Tuscarawas County. That meant an hour-plus drive, each way, for rehearsal, which Ray did religiously and does to this day. Ray’s commitment and preparation were evident.
In his early teens, it was BB King and the blues-and-rock work of Eric Clapton that captured Ray’s ear. That led him to Ace Frehely, Eddie Van-Halen, Slash, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai, among others. Those influences are heard in Ray’s playing today.
In addition, Ray learned the bass and keyboards, which gave him an appreciation of how musicians work in simpatico to serve the music instead of their egos. Ray is perhaps the only guitar player on the scene that club owners, the audience and other band members yell to, “Turn up!”.
Over the years, Ray has been the guitarist for many popular area bands, including, Phantasm, Dixie Wrecked, School Bus Prodigies and Renegade. As a result, Ray became well versed in Motown, classic rock, metal, grunge, country, blues, even jazz.
He has contributed this versatility to numerous recording projects. His solo compositions achieved a number-one chart ranking on Reverbnation.com. The total package that is Ray Lamarca has made him more than a sideman in SLiCK31. Ray is a respected and valuable contributor, collaborator and friend.
thank you Slick 31 for playing the Storm's Angels Rescue event at 42/80 in Brunswick. Great music and great feed back on the music played.... See MoreSee Less
Incredible band that just keeps getting better and better!
The main vocal and lead singer, Sarah, has an amazing voice that inspires. She is absolutely spellbinding and will make you sit up and take notice with her superior vocal range and control.
Main singer, Chris, is great with blending voices during his supporting songs but also shows his talent when solo. He especially brings it home with "Friends in Low Places."
Keith brings heart throbbing power with the bass, collaborating with the drums to keep it in the groove. He adds another layer with vocals, plus will keep you entertained with antics.
Lindsay does it all and will amaze you while she adds harmony with her back up singing while giving a new dimension to the music with keyboards that mimics multiple instruments, and will even break out the saxophone for yet another element.
Clint keeps it all together, keeping the beat and controlling the speed through the high energy of his drums.
If you are lucky during the show, you'll also be treated to the secret weapons - young singers that can contribute to the others or captivate while singing a solo.
You'll want to get up and dance as you enjoy an all inclusive song choice that ranges from current pop and rock to classic rock and roll, plus country and some hip-hop.... See MoreSee Less
They did our 25th wedding anniversary party. It was awesome!... See MoreSee Less
Unbelievable how entertaining Slick 31 is. Not only fo the lead singers have incredible voices , the keyboard player is incredible!!! Highly recommend! A totally entertaining night where ever they play .... See MoreSee Less
We hired these guys for a party we had and they rocked it, played and hung out even after we stopped paying them!! Would recommend anybody to hire Slick31 for a great time and the variety of music will please everybody... See MoreSee Less