Emerald City Band Deems Murphy Ready to Rock

Emerald City Band Deems Murphy Ready to Rock

When songwriter Deno Taglioli, founder and lead vocalist of Emerald City Band, started the band in 1983, he had the goal of performing original music. Over time, Emerald City Band has continued to play original music, but Taglioli has found that audiences interact more with tunes they recognize, so they also cover songs spanning multiple decades.

  Emerald City Band ‘selfie’ with concert goers at Murphy amphitheater.

Emerald City Band ‘selfie’ with concert goers at Murphy amphitheater.

Repeatedly, Taglioli emphasized the importance of loving what you do. He said that audiences love to watch people do what they love to do. When he began the band, the entire 12 piece band was paid $200 a night, not per band member, but for the whole band. He said that out of their love of the music, Emerald City Band didn’t focus on the paycheck.

Over the years, Emerald City Band has adapted stylistically and musically. Taglioli said there are new instruments available today that weren’t available 35 years ago. Their litmus test for song selection is if the audience gets up and dances or not. They try out new songs in rehearsal, but if it doesn’t flow seamlessly with the band, they don’t add it.

They perform at over 200 events a year, year after year, which has produced many memorable experiences. Taglioli said, “Once we were doing a wedding and Jimmy Buffet jumped on the stage and started singing Margaritaville with us.” Gary Busey jumped on the stage unexpectedly and started singing Buddy Holly songs with them. Emerald City Band did “The Love Train” with congressmen and senators through the White House. (They were invited to perform at the White House twice by former President George W. Bush.)

  Deno Taglioli, founder and lead singer of Emerald City Band, rocking with the crowd.

Deno Taglioli, founder and lead singer of Emerald City Band, rocking with the crowd.

They have an extensive song list which allows them not to have to play the same songs night after night. This, said Taglioli, helps keep the performances fresh. He said another aspect that gives the shows their wow-factor is the fact that each of the musicians have a passion for music and “we own it when we play it”. They performed in five different states in the month of June.

Discussing what band members must have in order to be a member of Emerald City Band, he said in addition to playing their instrument well and/or singing in tune, they must have a passion for performing since they will be on stage night after night. He also stressed the chemistry must be right to be a part of their band. The age of band members ranges from 20 – 60 years old. There are 12 band members on stage which includes vocalists, drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and horn section. 

Their favorite part of performing is when the audience is reacting and interacting with them. Taglioli said that they enjoy performing at the City of Murphy amphitheater because it has room on the stage and allows people to get close to the band. Kayla McFarland, City of Murphy Special Events Coordinator, said that the concert on June 29 marks the 5th time Emerald City Band has played in Murphy. They have performed each year during the summer concert series since 2013. McFarland said, “We include Emerald City in our lineup every year for the concert series because not only do they bring the community together, but they are interactive with the crowd and ensure that everyone who is at the concert is having a good time. They provide a great production, and create a fun experience for everyone to enjoy.” They expect 3,000 – 3,500 people to attend this concert.

The Summer Concert Series is funded by the Murphy Community Development Corporation which receives it’s funding from a half cent of the city sales tax. The City of Murphy City Council, through the budget process, has the final approval of funding for these events.

If you are interested in performing with Emerald City Band, you can contact Deno at deno@emeraldcityband.com. In addition to Emerald City Band, they also have three other bands with plenty of opportunities for musicians.  www.emeraldcityband.com

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