Before the Band
Taska Barlow has performed from Alaska to Nebraska and Nevada to Nashville. Her music career began in the Pacific Northwest, where she worked as a single act playing guitar before putting bands together and touring. Songwriter Workshops in Nashville, headlining the Alaska SE State Fair, performing on Norwegian Cruise Lines and many Nevada cabarets have fond memories for Taska, but are never more important than each new audience at every performance.
Behind the Music
Introducing the musicians that create the entertainment that is Taska & The Party Band!
This band rehearses continually, so you can count on hearing the best of Ballroom, Swing & Latin, Rock, Funk & Disco, Blues & Country, Originals & Requests!
Meet Taska Barlow
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Keys & Vocals
Taska began performing for audiences at the young age of six, and from that moment she knew she had found her passion! She was gifted instruments such as the ukulele and guitar while growing up, and from that moment had blossomed into a music artist. She has traveled extensively with her bands, “Taska & The Hometown Stars”, “Sassy” and “The Outlaws.” Taska has headlined State and County Fairs, Nevada casinos to Arizona’s winter resorts, Canada to Texas, Alaska to Nebraska…and on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Was presented a trophy, “Northwest Entertainer of The Year” by actress Cyd Cherise. Recorded the album, “Nashville To Nome” while living in the songwriter’s market in Nashville for 18 months.
Drum Set, Hand Drums, Harmonica, Vocals, Guitar and Keyboards
Cliff's mastery of many instruments is the result of a lifetime of dedication to the art including a formal education in Music Therapy at USU. He entertains audiences playing Drums and Harmonica simultaneously while moving from Blues, Rock, Top 40, Show Tunes, Country, Swing, and Jazz to Latin. Cliff's radio and television sessions have found him in NYC, Fairbanks, AK, Seattle, WA and the San Francisco Bay area to name a few. He has toured extensively in concert and Nevada circuits and opened for nationally known acts including Greg Allman, Elvin Bishop, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dan Hicks, John Kay And Steppenwolf, Tony Carey, The Association, Don Lee, Buck Trent, Freddy Fender, Ed Bruce, The Wray Bros. with Collin Raye and Con Hunley. Cliff's music magic is now wowing listeners and dancers everywhere they perform.
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keys, Drums & Vocals
This world-class guitar player began playing music in the Philippines, before traveling the globe, sharing his amazing guitar styling and ‘lightening speed licks’ with music fans everywhere. Albert worked with the best Top 40 cover bands in California before moving to the Pacific NW. It is here that he headlined in the 70’s and 80’s with “Vanilla Manila.” He teamed with Taska in 2010, bringing his amazing music mastery in all styles of music everywhere the Party Band plays!
Dave Lee Bassett
Keyboards and Synthesizers
Dave's performing career began at a very young age. He was already ‘in the biz’ because he’d been in radio broadcast through high school, continuing until 1988. He became a full-time pianist for Nordstrom, playing at Montgomery Park, and major hotels in Portland, OR. On stage with The Party Band, Dave plays a stack of keyboards with a sound module that endears himself to the audience – especially when he winds up on the dance floor with them! What a surprise to find him next to you while he executes his solo on a wireless unit. Dave’s extraordinary repertoire, improv skills and ability to entertain (with a great sense of humor) make him a solid part of this party band.