Captain Beyond


Hard Rock Supergroup of the '70s

One of Rock 'n' Roll's Greatest Hidden Treasures


Why you should see this show…

Captain Beyond may not be a household name, but fans of the 1970s supergroup made up of former members of Iron Butterfly, Deep Purple, and the Johnny Winter Band know them well. Captain Beyond may even be properly considered one of rock ‘n’ rolls greatest hidden treasures. Their groundbreaking sound of ’70s-era cult band was one-part space rock and one-part prog, with a dash of guitar heavy hard rock thrown in for good measure. They reunite for a powerful, innovative performance rock n’ roll fans are sure to love.


Captain Beyond Bio
Captain Beyond was formed from the ashes of Deep Purple, Johnny Winter Band, and Iron Butterfly. The line-up consisted of Rod Evans, vocals; Bobby Caldwell, drums-vocals; Larry Rhino Reinhardt, guitar; and bassist Lee Dorman. In the beginning there were five members with keyboardist Lewie Gold who left some months later for personal reasons before the first album was recorded. After hearing the bands demo, long-time friends Duane and Gregg Allman introduced Captain Beyond to the late Phil Walden and Capricorn Records.

After the release of the first album Captain Beyond and a most successful launch at the Montreaux Jazz and Pop Festival followed by a relentless touring schedule (with Alice Cooper, The Allman Brothers, Black Sabbath and many others), Bobby left for a short time during the recording of the second album called Sufficiently Breathless. He then returned and Captain Beyond set out once again on a new round of touring with the likes of King Crimson, Trapeze, ZZ Top, etc. In the mid-seventies lead singer Rod Evans decided to leave music and was replaced with Willie Daffern on vocals. The band then signed with Warner Bros. and recorded the album Dawn Explosion. After further touring and management changes Captain Beyond in 1978 went on hiatus.

In 2000, Rhino and Bobby decided to reform Captain Beyond which included Jeff Artabasy who is a current member, and recorded a four-track EP. Unfortunately, this line-up was short lived as Larry Reinhardt was having health problems and it was decided to not continue. In addition, a tribute album to Captain Beyond’s music was recorded by some of Scandinavia’s best musicians titled A Thousand Days of Yesterdays. In January of 2012, Larry Reinhardt passed on, followed by Captain Beyond’s original bassist Lee Dorman some nine months later. Rod Evans has been involved in the medical field and is not currently involved in music.

Bobby Caldwell has resurrected the new Captain Beyond with the intention of recording some new master works, and bringing the historic music back to their many fans! The current line-up in addition to Bobby Fire Caldwell and Jeff The Count Artabasy, is Simon Lind, and Don Bonzi. Touring began in 2015, and they are looking forward to meeting everyone!

Jamie Holka is a professional guitarist from Niagara Falls, NY. He studied music at Berklee college of music in Boston, MA. Jamie is widely known for his unparalelled solo arrangements for guitar, and for his blistering chops. He gained more national attention by placing 3rd in the North Aamerican rock guitar competition in 2006. As a professional guitarists Jamie has shared the stage with countless legends including: Allan Holdsworth, Steve Morse, Kansas, Steve Miller, Todd Rungren, and many others.

Jeff “The Count” Artabasy – Originally from The Midwest, The Count is a super versatile multi-talented bassist, pianist, and singer. Having come out of the ’70s music scene, he has played with everyone from A to Z. He is also a charter member of Captain Beyond, dating back to 1999. Jeff brings a power and soulfullness in his playing and is a dedicated professional.

Don Bonzi is an extremely dedicated guitarist and singer, who spent his life devoted to music. Growing up in the Chicago area, he has performed with and shared the stage with literally the who’s who of rock-and-roll music, accumulating over 25 album credits. In addition, most recently he worked with the late Rhino Reinhardt of Captain Beyond on two separate album projects, as well as playing with Lee Dorman from the original Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond. Don is enthusiastic and a highly regarded musician.

Simon Lind – Having a unique voice and style that sets him apart from others truly Simon is a multi talented musician. As a singer and blues guitarist Simon has toured throughout England and Europe. He is also a songwriter and keyboard player and brings this talent to Captain Beyond. This is a man who who loves his music!

Bobby Caldwell – A musician’s musician, musical visionary, and co founder of Captain Beyond, Bobby is a drummer, singer and songwriter of the highest order. Always seeking to break new ground, Captain Beyond has always past and present worked at being different and unique. To this day after much demand, Bobby has reformed the new Captain Beyond. Bobby was not only co-founder and drummer/composer of Captain Beyond, but also drummer for Johnny Winter and, Armageddon, and Rick Derringer. Bobby can be heard on the classic rock hit, “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo” w/ Rick Derringer, as well as the legendary Allman Brothers Fillmore East record. Bobby is highly regarded as one of the most influential drummers in classic/progressive rock history!

The Rick Ray Band Bio
The Rick Ray Band is a four piece Psychedelic Progressive Hard Rock Fusion band who’ve just released album number 33 which is getting airplay all over the US, Canada and Europe. They’ve opened for Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blue Oyster Cult, Robin Trower, Peter Frampton, Michael Schenker Group, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, Pat Travers, Steve Morse, Allan Holdsworth and many, many more. The band consists of Dave “Shaggy” Snodgrass on bass and vocals, Al LeDonne on drums, Rick Schultz on reeds and wind synth, Rick Ray on guitar and vocals. Rick Ray has been playing live in the Cleveland area since the mid 70’s with three different bands, Neurotic, Riot Act and The Rick Ray Band, all of which had pretty much the same goal of playing spine chilling, hair raising, original music.

Last call to dine in your seats in the Concert Hall will be 15 minutes before show time. Please arrive early if you plan to eat dinner in your seats. Table side beverage service will continue throughout the concert.