Members: Kenny D.
Label: Executive ENT.™
Manager: Kenny D.
Bio: HISTORY IN THE MAKIN!!
Reverend Doctor D
“The Right Reverend, Doctor D”, Chicago blues veteran with an imposing 7-foot frame. He’s destined to become a legend, if he isn’t one already.
Ivankovich understands what it’s like to be the underdog. Achieving All-State and All-American honors as a hoops baller and shot-caller, Ivankovich was one of the most highly recruited players in the States. With over 500 scholarship offers, he decided to play for Northwestern University while working towards his BSM/MD in the prestigious Honors Program In Medical Education. Then . . . disaster. A horrific knee injury ended his dreams of playing for the NBA and the Yugoslavian Olympic team.
With newfound time on his hands, he listened to his heart and turned to music for inspiration, transitioning from classical violinist to fire-breathing blues guitarist. Within months, he was playing on-stage with some of his musical heroes. Ivankovich went right to the source of the blues on Chicago’s South Side. He jammed, performed, and recorded with Chicago legends, Eddie Taylor, Homesick James, Snooky Pryor, Lefty Dizz, Johnny Dollar, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Dion Payton, Magic Slim, Junior Wells, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. Including a stint as bandleader for legendary bluesman, Otis Rush.
At the Checkerboard Lounge on 43rd Street, he befriended and made a lifelong connection with players that he would eventually tap for the Chicago Blues All-Stars. Names like “Killer” Ray Allison, Jerry “Bam-Bam” Porter, Johnny B. Gayden and Roosevelt “Mad-Hatter” Purifoy. While a student at Northwestern, WNUR-FM, one of America’s premier non-commercial stations broadcasting from the University, took note. While trying to find the classroom for “Intro to Geography”, he took a wrong turn. It turned out to be all too right, bringing him to the door of the WNUR on-air studios. The music director lamented that the Blues Show needed a host or faced cancellation. Fate dropped that opportunity right in his lap.
The name, Daniel Ivankovich, didn’t have the right ring for Chicago blues, so he created the on-air personality, The Right Reverend, Doctor D. “Out Of The Blue” became the premiere Chicago blues program and was syndicated in over sixty markets. This led to on-air stints at commercial outlets WCKG-FM in Chicago and WQHT-FM in New York. He worked as producer and program developer for MJI Broadcasting in New York. He strides into hospital lobbies in a sweet black leather cowboy hat and goatee. He understands the pain his patients suffer, having personally undergone thirteen knee surgeries himself. Because of this, a unique ride was necessary for comfort as well as street credibility while navigating the rough & tumble streets of the ‘hood’.
Dan Ivankovich is a well-known public figure. In March 2010 he was featured on the American Spirit segment in Katie Couric’s CBS evening news in addition to numerous segments in both print and broadcast media. After the devastating earthquake in January 2010, he traveled to Haiti on his own expense to treat the countless victims pulled from the rubble, taking special interest in the spinal cord injured patients he found laying in makeshift tents. Through a series of miracles and moxie, he cut through mountains of red tape and personally escorted two such patients, Bazelais Suy and Josette Delisca, back to the States for top-notch care, a feat that was covered by newscasts all over the country and will soon be documented in an international story by the Associated Press.
Several documentaries are currently in the works chronicling his life story and humanitarian missions. With all of his variable expertise, there is a connecting thread. Whether squeezing a blue note out of his six-string, preaching on the day’s relevant social issues, or wielding a scalpel with skill and precision, the street rules his reality. Dan Ivankovich does it all with a street-savvy hipness and honesty, integrity that’s nearly extinct in today’s climate of inequitable health care policies, greed, corruption, and injustice.
He’s bluesman, healer, shaman & philosopher, and, as Bo Diddley said about Ivankovich’s blues alter ego, The Right Reverend, Doctor D, “one of the craziest %$#@! I’ve ever met. He ain’t from this planet.”
I’ve produced for:
- Kevin Cossom (Grammy nominated, features include P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Nas & Chamillionaire)
- Kid Ink (Features include Chris Brown, Soulja Boy, Meek Mill, Sean Kingston & Cory Gunz)
- XXL Magazine (Biggest hip-hop magazine in the states)
LISTEN TO THE REST OF MY BEATS ON MY WEBSITE: www.LuxusBeats.com
Order the NEW CD “J.F.L.” Signed at http://www.LoNero.net
There’s something to be said for having conviction and dedication for your art in a business that is so watered down that it has become a shallow shell of its former self. LoNero is one of those rare bands that stray away from trends and the beaten path. They are four musicians that got together to create a new genre of instrumental rock, Guitarcore, a genre all their own. So infectious that even those that don’t listen to rock find themselves headbanging and foot tapping to their unique brand of Instrumental Guitarcore.
LoNero’s debut cd “Relentless” (released with a month long promotion from Apple Computers) is 14 tracks of punishing rhythms, beautiful acoustic and infectious melodies. Built on the principal that the song should always come first, “Relentless” proves that you can still be instrumental and gain a wide and varied fan base without having to follow what others have already done.
Currently, the band is set to release their new album “J.F.L.” on May 24th, 2011 which was produced by Grammy award winning producer Michael Rosen. The band plans to tour and with endorsements/sponsorships from products such as Peavey, EMG, Hot Picks, Seymour Duncan, Dunlop, and Rebel Straps, says Bill Lonero. “I’ve had the privilege of playing or recording with the likes of Cliff Williams (AC/DC), Simon Kirke (Bad Company), Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani), Gigi Gonaway (Mariah Carey), Mike Mangini (Extreme and Steve Vai) and Polo Jones (Zucchero and Whitney Houston) so I understand what hard work is and am prepared to do what it takes to build our fan base. We love playing live because we can connect with our fans.”
More About LoNero
Focus on Guitar
Reviewer: Jim Dalrymple/Gibson.com – February 2009
There’s quite literally an endless amount of music genres these days, but none focuses more on the talent and melodic power of a guitar than guitarcore. A new term coined by California instrumental guitarist Bill Lonero (whose band LoNero — same name, different spelling — champions the genre), guitarcore brings a focus on the guitar that is different from traditional instrumental guitar. With two CDs already on the market, LoNero’s guitar-focused music is catching on with fans and drawing attention from industry watchers. While Lonero is humble about his abilities, he’s undoubtedly one of the best “feeling” guitarists I’ve heard in quite some time.
So Damn Good
Reviewer: Michael Molenda/Guitar Player Magazine – October 2007
Guitarist Bill Lonero and crew have gear endorsements out the wazoo, promotional help from Apple Computer, two-million MySpace plays, and they claim to have invented “instrumental guitarcore,” so you should really hate them. But you can’t, because they’re just so damn good.
Enter a World of Musical Harmony
Reviewer: Your Music Magazine – June 2008
“When did all of these instrumental rock bands become mainstream local acts? I know the genre has existed for decades (in a rock band format) but primarily in the studio, no so much on the live stage. If you’ve read my CD reviews recently, you’d have seen other examples of the genre in Ty Oliver and Russ Pettit. “Relentless” is smooth and relaxing or sharp and driven, depending on the track. The recording quality is flawless, the insert and packaging are sharp and pro grade, and although I feel I’m spending too much time reviewing instrumental bands, the talent is deserving. LoNero’s “Relentless” is a great way to escape the noise of daily life and enter a world of musical harmony. Show your support today by checking out myspace.com/LoNero, where the music allows your thoughts to be the lyrics and your life to be the thesis”.
Guitarcore? You have to hear for yourself
When I was in Myspace checking this band that asked me to add them, I was HIGHLY skeptic because of the “core” tag. I have found that usually it leads to bad, bad attempts to make music. Actually I don’t know why they chose such a moniker, but I can tell you this: it ROCKS! Think a mixture of Satriani with progressive intrumental approach, the best of both worlds. No boring solos, no complex neoclassical structures, no Paganini syndrome, but one hell of instrumental power. Guitars are dominant of course but in the sense they dominate in classic bands like Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy or Iron Maiden, never trying to be the star at expense of the bass and drums. I’m really glad I purchase this baby, trust me you will be too. A new force to be reckon, LoNero brings the past into the future with style. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Patty – Austin Texas
I FUCKING LOVE YOU GUYS!!! This is one of the BEST albums I’ve ever heard. Ya’ll don’t need no stinkin’ singer. Shit that rocks that good speaks for itself.
Reviewer: Eternal Terror Webzine
LoNero is from California and play the best instrumental music I have ever heard; It is not just instrumental skills, but also a variety of arrangement and major difference of composition that blows you away after listening to it. Its not just guitar solo after guitar solo on the top of rhythms and sounds- the whole band is equal in the sound picture. On top of it all, even if it is hard rock, the best thing about LoNero is that they display something as noble as feeling and living the music, something that you don’t come across a lot in today’s rock scene. Guitar players and instrumental players can actually feel how the music blends and separates far beyond our belief and capability to understand. LoNero has really created something new and refreshing, that also the international arena of all types and on all areas are moved by. They are everything you can expect as a guitar enthusiast and music lover. This band will definitely be with me for a long time. Now the bragging is enough and its time to introduce you to the members of this band. on acoustic and electric guitars we have Bill Lonero, on bass and synth is Mike McKaigg, and behind a wall of percussions we catch a glance of Steve Spicer, also with a contribution on synth, Last we have William Baglivio, wait he went to take a leak, but he will be back with rhythm guitar on one track. Guest performers listed are Zack Harrison on additional rhythm guitar on tracks 4 and 11, and Frank Casanova on 2 solo guitar on track 7. Let me say that track 6 is a very nice little piece of harmony and slide guitar done like a connoisseur by Bill Lonero, and in the intro of track 7 it is easy to recognize the sound of Robert Plant, guess what song the radio track is from. Track 12 is the bass maestro’s playground and he uses it with heart and soul. Besides track 12 and 14 which are LoNero’s version of the traditional “Amazing Graze” Bill Lonero is the leading actor when it comes to composing with contributions from Steve Spicer and Zack Harrison, this makes it easy to know which instrument are used to highlight the melody and separate the melody lines from the rhythmical and progressive lines. And it is with great joy to listen to each instrumentalist getting to use his instrument with room to play in the contributions. When I put the cd on the repeat function is on, and then I just press play and lean back in my soft chair enjoying LoNero, start a new review, yell at the neighbor for driving to fast in the curb or just plain empty my head, LoNero has come up with the concept, produced, illustrated and designed Relentless to perfection. And its recorded by Juan Urteaga at TriDent studio in Pachecho, California. Thank You LoNero.
WOW! I mean wow! LoNero have most certainly got the funk! An instrumental band that hit you like a barrage of beautiful notes with dancey rhythms and the most complex solos I’ve heard and loved… now I’m not a massive fan of guitar wanking but these guys don’t wank with their instruments! Like painting a beautiful painting with so many colors bringing in influences from all genres of music and creating a soft complex cushion of sound. Has a sense of Jimi Hendrix acid trip songs and almost just as genius and so many differences in mood. The band is very well knitted together and throws you in to their world and swings you around. Like a little adventure in their songs out of 5 ear friendly: 5 Balls: 3 Production: 5 Bounce: 3 Tune: 5
Jesus.. You guys are fucking bad ass. I hate 99% of the garbage bands on myspace but you guys are sick. Lots of feeling, great guitar work. I’m pretty impressed. I couldn’t stop headbanging haha. I’m already a fan.
Reviewer: Cory Harton
Relentless is awesome, While doing my school on pc(homeschooled) I put it on and just listen to it for hours. The rock keeps you interested for hours while not boring you after repeating it alot. I can definetly say that relentless is the best disc I own! Thanks a million!!!You rule!!!!!
Reviewer: Vaa ‘l the Demon
Instrumental Metal has never sounded so awesome. I recommend this album with all my heart, soul, and, body. LoNero RULES! \m/
Reviewer: Josh Wingard
Best instrumental rock band in the last 10 years, easy.
Reviewer: Mike Ashley
At first I was like “What the hell is guitarcore?” then I heard Relentless and was like “WHOA! Now I know”. This cd is unlike any instrumental guitar cd out there. It’s heavy yet melodic. It’s expressive yet at times it’s punishing. It’s dark yet beautiful. This cd is the bridge between instrumental rock and vocal music. This is definitely the beginning of a new genre.
Reviewer: Jason Bayles
Not all rock songs have to have lyrics, Metallica, Megadeth, both have done instramentals, some of the best, and in my opinion not enough of them, LoNero, fills a void missing in rock…. music!
Reviewer: San Jose Metro
BATTLE AXES: Pumping out straight-ahead, all-instrumental rock with the technical precision of a computer engineer whiz on speed, LoNero takes the stage at VooDoo tonight supporting their long-awaited sophomore album, Relentless. Led by one of the best guitarists in the local scene, Bill Lonero, the quartet rips out metal-laced rock anthems that are as polished as anything you’re going to find circulated on the airwaves or the well-established arena circuit. If you dig the sounds of Joe Satriani or Steve Vai, but don’t feel like kicking down half your paycheck to Ticketmaster to see them live, swing by the VooDoo and check out what this local ax-man and LoNero bring to the amp wars.
Reviewer: Greg Nelson
Not only is this cd an incredible piece of work but it has the most beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace I have ever heard!!!
Reviewer: Rick Bugera
LoNero’s music has something you don’t hear a lot in today’s music…true emotion. You can feel the music as well as hear it. From as soft as a butterfly landing on your hand to as heavy as a sledgehammer slamming you in the face. LoNero makes you feel every single note. The best way to desrcibe it is true musical honesty.
Reviewer: Beth Taylor
What I dig about LoNero, despite it’s just great to listen to and I revel in the way it shapes my mood, what I dig is that all of the instruments are actively a part of everything. It isn’t background with a dominant guitar, like wallpaper for the solo. I’m not such a good listener to have the musical finesse to truly appreciate the richness of the sound you create, but I sense enough to know that if I wanted to share a sound with someone who was a true master of rock, I’d let them have a listen to LoNero. On top of which, even though it’s hard rock, it’s got a positive vibe that emanates from the music emotionally!
Reviewer: Michelle – Seattle
I love all the Relentless tracks and i love LOOSE the best!
Reviewer: Tim Sauers
I have to say that it was refreshing to the the music that LoNero has put out. It is everything you could want as a guitar player and music fan. These guys are defintiely going to be in my collection for a long time to come.
Reviewer: Jason Nipper
This cd speaks not only to guitar players and instrumental musicians, but ALL musicians and music lovers alike. This is a tightly woven mixture of musical styles all coming together as one well balanced work of art.