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The Ultimate Tribute to Maroon 5

Animals is a Dallas-based tribute to Maroon 5, one of the most successful recording and touring acts of the past two decades.  Their faithfulness to and genuine love for Maroon 5’s music shine through in every note, giving audiences a high-energy, amazing homage to the band. Led by frontman David Gates, Animals performs songs ranging from the classic hits found on Songs About Jane, all the way to Maroon 5’s newest material, including their smash hits from the pop and dance charts.

David

LEAD VOCALS

With a musical journey that began in his youth, David Gates has honed his talents as a multi-instrumentalist in addition to his signature vocals. David draws inspiration from legends like Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Michael Jackson, infusing his performances with the soulful essence of these iconic artists.

Since relocating to Texas, he has become a fixture in the area’s music scene, captivating audiences in both public and private venues and embracing a full-time career in music. His approach to music is simple yet powerful: give every performance his all, regardless of the venue. Known for his impressive vocal range, exceptional pitch and soulful renditions, he infuses each song with heart and soul.

 

Mario

KEYBOARDS

As a long-time programmer, producer, arranger and keyboard player, Mario Medina has been recording and performing music since his teenage years in Wichita, Kansas, where he was born and raised. His original music (pop, R&B and rock) has been played on worldwide satellite radio, streaming platforms and television networks such as Showtime.

Mario’s influences include Nick Rhodes, Martin Gore, Alan Wilder, Trent Reznor and (of course) Prince.

 

Carlos

BASS

Carlos G Silva is a veteran of the DFW music scene whose style has been described as “bombastic and thunderous,” and “solid and steady,” earning him the nickname “Mr. Smooth.” With influences such as Steve Harris, Paul McCartney, Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller and Geddy Lee, his versatility stretches from rock to pop to funk.

Originally from Mexico City, Carlos started playing bass at 17 and immediately began performing in bars and local clubs with acts such as Rockaholics, Rebel Yell, Ozzmosis, Go Ask Alice, and Redline Drive, with whom he was nominated for a Grammy.

 

Ike

DRUMS

An incredibly talented, versatile drummer/percussionist, Ike Beat incorporates the musical influences of gospel, funk, R&B and Afro-Cuban rhythms to create his tasty, solid, soulful sound.

Born and raised in San Jose, California, Ike has shared the stage with the likes of Armando Peraza; Pete, Sheila and Juan Escovedo; former and current members of legendary Latin rock group MALO; members of Con Funk Shun; Bobby Kimbal of Toto; Latin legends Little Willie G and Joe Bataan; and many more.

 

Jake

GUITAR

Meet the soul behind the electrifying sound of Animals, the Maroon 5 tribute.

Hailing from the heart of Dallas, Texas, Jake Waid plays guitars with a driving force that brings the band’s music to life.

With a passion for music that has been burning bright since childhood, Jake  has dedicated decades to honing his guitar skills.

His journey in the world of music has been a dynamic one, marked by countless performances, collaborations and a deep connection to the Maroon 5 repertoire.