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What's a Cosmic Shindig? It's a healthy dose of your rock and roll favorites, a good excuse to get up and do the hippy shake, and a good time had by all. Literally translated it means, "a party for the universe". It's five friends seamlessly melding their respective talents together into one giant musical juggernaut. CS continues to add to it's repertoire which, like the cosmos, is always expanding. If you have a song you think we should play, drop us a line at and we'll get it into the giant rotating hopper. Keep rockin'! –CS

 
       
               

Brian Watkins
Lead Guitar, Vocals

Brian has been playing guitar since the age of sixteen when he started teaching himself on his brother's Sears acoustic guitar that he painted red. Not long thereafter, he teamed up with Jesse Winters (Cosmic Shindig) to tour the talent show circuit in and around Conway Springs, Kansas.

Oblivious and undaunted they continued their musical partnership on and off during their time at KU, where they offered acoustic renditions of Dan Fogelberg and Neil Young songs to their friends and unsuspecting bar patrons.

In the 80's Brian found, in the computer and MIDI revolution, an unlimited source of expensive gadgetry which continues as a drain on his finances to this day.

Thankfully, both equipment and talent levels have risen since the early days, but Brian's guitars are still red and his passion for, and enjoyment of, music remain apparent in his vocals and guitar work in Cosmic Shindig.

Brian's favorite artists are Steely Dan, The Crusaders, The Beatles, Alison Krauss, and Chicago, with some Jeff Lorber, Tower of Power, and Earth, Wind and Fire thrown in just for the funk of it.

 

Jesse Winters
Keyboard, Guitar, Vocals

Jesse, aka "Shindoggie", plays keys on a Yamaha S90 made in his favorite home-away-from-home, Tokyo, Japan.

After painstakingly learning Seals and Crofts duets with Brian Watkins (Cosmic Shindig), the duo was eventually forced to acknowledge that Seals and Crofts were no longer on the charts or even playing together. 

Jesse has played guitar in various Valley Youth Theatre productions and inflicted orchestral percussion on several others, including "the Wiz" and "West Side Story". 

Jesse's favorite bands are Steely Dan, The Crusaders, and The Beatles.  His favorite solo artists include James Taylor, Paul Simon, Sting, Elton John, Billy Joel, and the inimitable Joe Jackson. Duos Jesse likes include Simon and Garfunkel, Seals and Crofts, the Smothers Brothers, and Lieber and Stoller. His favorite trios are Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, and Crosby, Stills and Nash
  Joe West
Bass Guitar

Joe has been into music as long as he can remember. That is either a very long time or his memory is shot, or both.

As well as a being a consummate bass player, Joe divides his time between his family, his bass collection and rebuilding vintage analogue synthesizers. (You know, the kind with a lot of knobs that make sounds like "zzzeeeooowww".)

Joe's musical influences range from Mott the Hoople to Montovani and everything in between.

  Cassi Busma
Percussion, Sax, Flute, Recorder, Vocals

Cassi is a very versatile performer. In addition to a degree in Music, she has claimed mastery of a number of instruments including the saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, recorder and percussion, to name a few.

As well as being a Dickens Carolers alumni, Cassi participates in a Taiko (traditional Japanese drumming) ensemble and has traveled to Japan to perform. She was pleasantly surprised to find that they had a strong appreciation for Taiko there. ;-)

Cassi, enjoys all kinds of music including bands like Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Flogging Molly, and Siouxsie and The Banshees.