Barry "Bear Dawg" Hegrenes is a regular performer at Phoenix Theatre's (PT's) Urban Oasis. Combining humor with music, you will find yourself smiling , scratching your head, laughing or just singing along with Bear. A Minnesota native, Bear Dawg found his way to the Sonoran Desert state in 2003 and says it can never get hot enough for him. A successful multi sport athlete in his earlier years - the Bear also tackled theater in the 90's in Southern California - performing in productions of Annie Get Your Gun (Cowboy/Vocalist/Dancer), The Music Man (Constable) and The Masterpiece (Simon Peter). After a back injury, Bear hung up the athletic cleats and picked up the guitar. He performs as a Lead Vocalist/Guitarist in the Tin Weasel Band (www.TinWeasel.com) and The Naugahydes (www.Naugahydes.com). Because his two bands differ greatly in music genre, Bear discovered an acoustic song library to fit almost any demographic. His library is approximately 200 songs (currently). Bear Dawg performs everything from private parties to festivals but says the intimacy of performing and interacting with PT's patrons before a theatre production is a special treat.
Originally from the Jersey Shore, Kevin spent years in New York City before moving to the desert foothills of Arizona, just northeast of Phoenix. Kevin has been commissioned to write songs for schools and organizations on the U.S. east coast as well as the southwest and is in demand as a singer in pop, rock, and theater. Kevin has given concerts for 9/11 memorials, Habitat for Humanity, Phoenix's "Spirit of the Senses," and Arizona Musicfest, among many others. Kevin is also the male vocalist for Arizona’s newest dance band, Main Event (www.maineventbandaz.com). In addition to being a composer, Kevin has played the roles of Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls; the architect, Thomas Andrews in Titanic: the Musical; Repunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods (Arizona nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical; King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Jaycee Squires (high tenor) in The Music Man, among others. Kevin has also music directed productions of Footloose, Fame, Grease, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas for which he won an Arizona award for Best Music Direction. Kevin has a collection of his songs on CD entitled, “See in Full,” available on ITunes and Amazon.com. www.kevinglenn.com.
Tyler Hunt has wandered through many musical settings; as a bassist and vocalist, he has worked with several bands on the road and in the studio. As an undergraduate he performed in chamber music groups, opera productions, and as part of a vocal jazz group. After a hiatus from music during grad school, Tyler returned to performing as a bassist and vocalist. He is currently the bassist for Desert Dixie, a favorite band on the local country scene (desertdixie.com). For Tyler, solo performance is a chance to pick up the acoustic guitar and indulge in a few favorite songs.
Hannes Kvaran has been a part of the Phoenix music scene for over thirty years, as a solo performer, and as a back-up musician in a wide variety of genres, for performers such as Walt Richardson, Sue Harris, Shay Veno and Linda Bilque among others. His own writing is mainlydirected towards theatrical works. These include biographies of Christopher Columbus and Galileo; Grimm Memorial, a children’s workshop for Glendale’s Theater Works; SAM, an allegorical history of the US, staged at GCC in 1995; and Wesley another allegory, this one on the history of western philosophy. He was on the Arizona Commission for the Arts roster for several years on the strength of these pieces. When not being a musician, Hannes pursues his full-time interest as teacher of economics and department chair at Glendale Community College. Samples of Hannes’s musical and non-musical output can be accessed at www.HannesK.com
Brent Mendoza has been a professional musician and entertainer for over 30 years and has been performing here in the Phoenix area for approximately 9 years. Originally from Southern California, he began playing guitar at the age of 14 and started playing professionally 3 years later. In addition to doing studio sessions and working as a fill in guitarist/vocalist with various groups here in the valley, he regularly performed with Trio 380 at Nordstrom at Scottsdale Fashion Square on Saturdays for 5 years and continues to work with them when possible. He also has his own band, New Frequency, which performs at clubs, casinos, and private events in the Phoenix area. Brent plays acoustic and electric guitars and enjoys playing many different genres of music. www.newfrequencybandaz.com www.trio380.com