Woodie and the Longboards
Friday, April 13 at 7:30 pm - Simmons Center TheatreWoodie and the Longboards is one of the most in demand cover acts in the country. Performing a
variety of hit music from the 50’s to the 80’s "Woodie” has kept all of their clients happy by providing
the most professional music with a highly interactive and entertaining show.
Woodie and the Longboards was begun in 2002 by John "Woodie” Keating. Having just left a position as
frontman for a Disney house band, John assembled musicians he had enjoyed working with over the
years to focus on performing music from the 60’s and 70’s. This gave rise to "That 70’s Band” and "That
60’s Band”. An agent from the Pacific Northwest asked if we had a more "beachy” sounding name that
he could use to book us as a Beach Boys Tribute for an Oregon Casino. John quickly decided on Woodie
and the Longboards, we played Oregon, and have never looked back. Since that time we have
performed Beach Party themed shows for a variety of clients across the country, but still perform mostly
in Southern California. The Longboards have changed every so often (you can see it in our pictures),
always leaving on great terms, always because of the travel commitments of the band. Below you will
find a brief bio on each current member.
John (Woodie) Keating is the founding member and manager of the group. In addition to leading the
Longboards, John is also a fifth grade teacher in California. He plays guitar, keyboards, sings and is the
frontman for the group. He has been a professional musician his entire adult life and has played just
about everywhere. If you need help setting up your event, give him a call.
The Longboards are:
Jude Wright- our bass player is a fantastic vocalist and is also a master of the guitar-viol (a bowed
Andy Young- is our jack-of- all trades playing keyboards and guitar. A great bass vocalist, Andy often
sings the Mike Love parts on Beach Boys songs.
Grant Wilson- rhythm guitarist, formerly fronted his own band Surfin’ USA and has been performing
these classic hits for many years. His love of the Beach Boys music makes him a welcome addition to the
Longboards. Grant is a former actor having appeared on many Television shows and in many movies
over the years.
Tom McIntyre- rarely is such a good drummer also a fantastic singer, but Tom is both.