Talent

ShanyTown
Musician

Anyone who is a connoisseur of rock music knows of the Van Zant family from Jacksonville, Florida. Known as the “First family of southern rock”, the family founded three major bands: Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special, and the Johnny Van Zant band. Now there is yet another band born into the “first family”: Shanytown from Jacksonville, Florida. And the Van Zant legacy continues . . .
Shanytown is comprised in part by brothers ROBBIE MORRIS (Drums) and RONNIE MORRIS (lead vox/guitar), nephews of the late Ronnie Van Zant, Donnie and Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special, and The Johnny Van Zant Band.

ZED HEAD
Musician

Zed Head is one of the hottest Texas-blues, Southern rock acts on the circuit today. They have headlined festivals, concerts, and biker rallies in California, Texas, Louisiana, Florida and across Canada. Nominated by France's Bands of Dixie for “Band of the Year,” they are in excellent company with co-nominated bands such as, The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchett and Point Blank.

The musical media have enthusiastically embraced Zed Head on the strength of their two recent, ultra hot, CDs Mortal Man and Valley of Fire. Zed Head's original recorded work, captured on disc by the legendary Terry Brown and Paul Lachapelle, and mixed by the discriminating Peter J. Moore at The E Room in Toronto, is a catalogue of rocking, blues-boogie, Southern classic style music at its best. BUT...don't miss a live performance of this great band. They are a truly exciting, entertaining act.

CASSIDY DIANA
Musician

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Cassidy Diana Wetherell was born into a military family in Asheville, North Carolina. She and her family endured hardships growing up in a post 9/11 active duty environment and had to relocate 14 times.

Cassidy found her solace in music. Her friends and family quickly discovered that she was a musical prodigy. In a few short years, she has mastered 5 instruments and has written hundreds of songs.

With the solid support of her family and a persevering spirit, Cassidy began performing live; gracing stages from New York to North Carolina to Nashville and garnering the attention of the music industry along the way. Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd was one of her first mentors and she has performed alongside Trace Adkins, Craig Morgan, Chris Janson, Tyler Farr, Cole Swindell, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Little River Band, and many more.

Cassidy’s catalog of original songs continues to grow and she continues to tour with her electric live performances around the country.

NOVA REX
Musician

NOVA REX takes hair metal swagger into millions of homes with the real-life rockumentary "Nova Rex: Ain't Easy Being Cheesy" rockin on DOC & Netflix ! NOVA REX takes movie star glamour and hair metal swagger into millions of homes with the real-life rockumentary "Nova Rex: Ain't Easy Being Cheesy" on Netflix and the Documentary Channel.

NOVA REX keeps the hard rock party alive since 1985 with a little help from Budweiser KING OF BEERS, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum and Archives and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. "I Just Wanna Rock," "Turn It Up Loud," "Think of Me" and a hit list of classic rock and roll continues to inspire good times and fun adventures for the legion who know NOVA REX rocks !

James Brown Band A Salute to Motown
Musician

They have made guest appearances on the following TV shows: Soul Train, Late Night with David Letterman, Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Arsenio Hall Show, LA Live BET, Fox Morning Show, Vicki Lawrence Show, American Music Awards, Woodstock ’99, Roseanne Barr Show, James Brown Live at the House of Blues, BET Awards, Live 8, Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill.
Members also made guest appearances on the following movies: Rocky IV, The Tuxedo-Staring Jackie Chan, Experience the Music Project-Dream Works, Idlewild-Staring Outkast, Boulden-produced by Wynton Marsalis.

'TERRIBLE' TIM WITHERSPOON
Athlete

After impressing Don King with his first high profile fight, in which he knocked out future World Cruiserweight Champion Alfonzo Ratliff, Witherspoon found himself the sparring partner of Muhammad Ali, who was training to fight Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick. It was Ali who christened him ‘Terrible’ Tim…

EARNIE SHAVERS
Athlete

After a short but notable amateur career, Earnie Shavers earned the nickname ‘Black Destroyer,’ winning 44 of his first 47 professional fights by KO (including a streak of 27 straight KOs). 20 of these victories were in the first round. With the help of promoter Don King, Shavers quickly rose through the ranks, earning prominence with his first round KO of former WBA Heavyweight Champ Jimmy Ellis...

ALEX ORTIZ
Comedian

Fireman turned comedian, those skills come in handy when his audiences need resuscitation from extreme laughter! Exploding with dynamite talent, Alex is sending crowds into fits of side-splitting laughter worldwide!

JAMES 'BONECRUSHER' SMITH
Athlete

After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith competed in amateur fights while serving in the US military and working as a prison guard. He turned pro at age 28 – losing his first fight against James ‘Broad-Axe’ Broad before reeling off 14 straight victories (12 KOs) including a shocking KO in his fight with undefeated British prospect Frank Bruno...

TOM RIECH
Production

Tom began his business career in 1982 as a Marketing/Sales Management with Texas Instruments. He was the #1 Salesman of the Year twice and the #1 managed district. In the late 80's Tom saw new opportunities in the music business, upon leaving Texas Instruments in 1987 with his strong interest in the recording business and marketing Savoy, Tom was to create one of the most successful Independent record labels in the US from 1987-1997. Tom was the founder and President CEO of Cheetah Records, and built the company to the #1 independent label in the United States. Tom earned 66 gold and platinum records. He was responsible for all aspects of the business as well as producing and writing many of the hits. Click on the link above to view his entire resume

PINKLON THOMAS
Speaker

Only 27 boxers have earned the WBC title Heavyweight World Champion, and Pinklon Thomas is one of them.

With a past as colorful as the pages of a comic book, this Boxing Hall of Fame member's personal journey is sure to touch, inspire, and motivate listeners at an all new level.

Significantly larger than his peers, Thomas sought acceptance from older children and wound up with ‘the wrong’ crowd at an early age. He followed a dark path that led him into a world of substance abuse and crime that few return from, only to emerge at the age of twenty as a prize-winning fighter. Just five years after he began training, Thomas won the World Heavyweight Champion Title, which he defended from 1984 – 1986.

MAX-A-MILLION
Musician

Blending Caribbean spice with R&B, Hip-Hop and a pinch of Pop, Max-A-Million's soulful energetic sounds have soared to the unimaginable heights. Max-a-million has consistently charted top 40 hits in Billboard Magazine.

Max-a-million has earned respect in the industry because of his high work standards and his close attention to detail. As a youth Max attended New York's Youth Performing Arts School. There he learned how to read and score music as well as acting from taking drama classes. Max had a natural talent and learning music was all he needed to get him where he is today.

MIKE 'HERCULES' WEAVER
Athlete

The oldest of the brother of the “Fighting Weaver Triplets”, Floyd, Lloyd, and Troy, Mike Weaver became involved with amateur boxing and training while serving the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He started his professional career as a sparring partner to Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton the latter who famously nicknamed him, ‘Hercules’…