Fab 5 Member Bios

Joe Baiardi - Bass Guitar & Vocals


Joe originally hails from New York City. Joe started playing professionally (drums) at the age of 12 . He soon taught himself to play the guitar, bass, & piano. He performed in various bands in the 70s (Atlantis, Reaper, Centaur). Joe also met John Lennon in June 1977 on Broadway & 52nd street in Manhattan which changed my life. He joined "Rubber Soul" (Beatles Tribute) and toured up and down the east coast playing Beatles conventions, Festivals, and dinner theaters in the early 80s. Joe also began writing around this time

In 1983 after "Rubber Soul" disbanded, Joe joined "The Elevators", a new wave original pop group in Manhattan which penned and recorded original dance music. The band played The China Club, CBGB's and The Bitter End. One of the songs "Whatcha Gonna Do" was featured in the 1984 movie "Perfect" starring John Travolta and Jamie Leigh Curtis.  In April 1988 Joe relocated to Houston, Texas. In 1992 he joined "Troy Hess & Dangerous Livin'" and continued on with Troy Hess in "Zebra Three". In 1999, he was offered the "Paul McCartney" role in the national Beatles tribute act "Come Together". This also lead to performing with "The Cast of Beatlemania" as their "Paul" fill in for original Broadway cast members Mitch Weissman and Lenie Colacino.

Paul Byron - Keyboards & Vocals


A native Houstonian – guitarist, bassist, keyboardist & vocalist Paul Byron™ has played the Texas club circuit in numerous bands for many years, covering everything from Blues and Classic Rock to Funk and R&B. His unique vocal style and range have earned him a respectful comparison to the likes of Delbert McClinton, Wilson Pickett and Joe Cocker. He is also very much at home behind a piano or B3 organ, providing keys and vocals for many local Blues, Rock and R&B legends.  

Paul has also been front man for two incredible Houston bands - Love It To Death - The Alice Cooper Tribute Show and CRASH (Classic Rock All Stars of Houston). Both of these bands have made their mark on the Houston and regional music scene in recent years. He has also spent a couple of recent years playing keys and providing backup vocals for the legendary touring hard rock band, AXE (Rock N Roll Party In The Streets!). Paul joined "The Fab 5" in November 2011. It can be said with great authority, that everything he has done musically over the last 25 years has brought him to where he sits now, as member of Houston’s best tribute act (according to the Houston Press and Houston Chronicle), The Fab 5!.

Chuck Essick - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals


At age nine, Chuck stuck his head into a stereo speaker to better hear "I Want To Hold Your Hand", and the rest as they say is history. His first bands in middle and high school won numerous talent show prizes and played at local venues all over town. In the late 70s he moved up onto the club and party circuit with his band "Crystal", a highly sought after Top 40 band touring the southeast. Chuck then took a 20 year hiatus from music while he earned a Master's Degree and began a career & family.   

In 1996 he formed the legendary North Houston band "Strange Brew" (one of Houston's Best Classic Rock Bands). Chuck joined "The Fab 5" in January 2000, and his style of guitar playing was a refreshing burst of energy to the band. He is a certifiable lunatic onstage, jumping and dancing and frequently leaving the stage to party with the dancing crowds! 

Danny Kristensen - Guitar/Vocals


 In 1969 musician Danny Kristensen (14 at the time) was playing in his garage band “Proper Circle” and signed with Picture records when he met Neal Witwer. The two hit it off and they soon formed with Phil Ochoa the band known as “1900 Storm” and were signed with Texas Revolution records. Throughout the next decades the “1900 Storm” became one of the most successful rock bands in Texas history. In 1976 Danny joined a group called "Circus" that had a rotating cast of characters including Richard Morant, Bruce Moody, Craig Beasley and drummer Dick Ross. Ross would later go on to play in Austin bands the Vendettas and F-Systems before a stint with Joe “King” Carrasco. From 1984 to 1991, Danny (along with Bruce Moody, Ric Plunk, and Rick Richards) formed Private Numbers. The band  produced and released three albums, eleven music videos plus two television shows that featured the band's music videos as well as interviews. In 1990, the band wrote and recorded a wake-up song for the crew of NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-31) on the morning they deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2012, Danny along with Richard Morant, and John McKay formed the Beach Boys tribute/classic rock band "Almost Endless Summer" and perform throughout Houston at festivals and major convert venues. The Fab 5 were thrilled when Danny joined in February 2018 and he works very hard at his craft to reproduce the lead guitar parts of those timeless Beatles tunes exactly as George did. 

Rod Robert - Drums & Vocals


Rod was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Rod's mother sang professionally at officers clubs, supper clubs--sang all styles--from big band tunes to all the popular hits of the day.  Rods’ family opened a musical instrument store in Houston in the early ‘70’s.  Rod began a musical career and did extensive touring around Texas and throughout the southern portions of the U.S. in the 80’s to as far away as the United Arab Emirates (Persian Gulf). performing everything from country and rock to swing, blues and R&B. This versatility has led to opportunities in the studio, recording with the likes of Texas singer/songwriter/stylists "Davin James" and "Clay Farmer", along with musicians extraordinaire Paul Burnett and Robert DiBlanco. With characteristic enthusiasm, Rod says, “SHOWTIME—that’s when the music comes alive!” Call him ‘RingoRod’ or ‘ModRod’, he has the uncanny ability to mimic the drummers he portrays, while keeping solid, steady time, and  always flashing that Cheshire-cat grin. Rod, who joined the band in March 1991 after a phone call from a go-getter who would turn out to be ‘Hullabaloo’ Bill, is responsible for the bands foray into costuming as he is" The Idea Man". "The Fab 5" is so much fun, the tunes are timeless, the camaraderie is great and like-minded with years of experience.  When we play, I just embody that spirit. As the drummer, its got to groove to be Groovy Baby!”