Sound Check: Remember When Music Group

The cover band Remember When Music Group has more than a hundred songs in its repertoire, from 1950s classic rock to modern-day pop and country. View a video of the band at

Remember When Music Group’s goal is simple: Never turn down a request because it’s unfamiliar with the song.

As a cover band, Remember When Music Group has in its repertoire more than a hundred songs from 1950s classic rock to modern-day pop and country. The band is always working to add more.

“The variety of music makes it enjoyable for the crowd,” said Ray Bonelli, lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player.

In March 2012, Remember When was featured in Sound Check as a duo, Bonellil and Johnny Atencio, but shortly thereafter added Chris Bonelli, Ray’s wife, on keyboard.

“We are a trio capable of sounding like a five-piece band,” Ray Bonelli said.

Chris Bonelli plays keys but also controls programmed buttons on the keyboard that add percussion and other sounds to give Remember When Music Group a fuller sound and the ability to play a variety of styles.

An example set list from a past show includes a song from The Doors, transitioning to a more modern-day Darius Rucker country song, then playing a Buddy Guy blues’ classic, “Mustang Sally.”

Personally, the trio loves older music, particularly Rob Orbison, Elvis Presley or Aretha Franklin, but the band’s audience varies in age and musical tastes. The band wants to make everyone happy at some point because songs trigger an “I remember when I heard that song…” moment for everyone.

Remember When Music Group next plays from 6:30–10 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at VFW Post 1247, 1404 Ute Ave., during the VFW’s corned beef dinner that will be served from 4–7 p.m.

Cost to eat is $7.95, and there’s no cover to listen to the band.


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