Reckless in Vegas
Reckless In Vegas, the power trio comprised of Michael Shapiro on vocals/guitar, Mario Cipollina on bass/vocals, and Ryan Low on drums/vocals along with multi-platinum producer Dan Shea, have created an exciting live show and album, of rocking’ contemporary renditions of songs….by 1960’s Las Vegas golden era acts such as, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis, Sonny & Cher, Frankie Valli, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin, and much more. Think The Rat Pack meets Green Day.
Michael Shapiro was born in San Jose, CA but grew up in Las Vegas, NV. He spent 29 years there before moving to Portland, OR and music eventually led him back to the SF Bay Area in 2006. Shapiro began playing trumpet in grade school, followed in later years by piano, guitar, and vocals. Fronting cover bands in Las Vegas as a teenager and early twenties, he naturally began writing and recording. Releasing his first album in 1995 with his band Trip and three albums to follow. Trip toured with VH-1’s Rock Across America Tour opening for Duncan Sheik, Romantics, Edwin McCain, and Cheap Trick. In 2003, Trip toured with Great White and on their 21st show in Rhode Island, the tour was brought to an abrupt and tragic end with the West Warwick Station Nightclub Fire. In 2005, after a two year hiatus, Shapiro recorded his first solo album, taking five of the twelve songs and released an EP entitled “Everything”. The single “Hope” received strong radio air-play across the US, thus landing him on a sold out national tour with the band Live. He relocated to San Rafael in 2006 in search of the perfect-fit rhythm section and formed Reckless In Vegas. Michael and RIV have released two albums of original music and their latest release, “The Hard Way” features all re-makes.
Mario Cipollinaborn in Mill Valley, Ca., the son of a concert pianist and an Italian wanna be opera singer, Cipollina began playing classical bass at age 6. He is known industry wide as a deep pocket player – “why settle for a groove when you can dig a trench” Upon leaving the Marin symphony when he was 13, Mario struck out on his own with his high school band of friends, Sound Hole, and punctuated is early musical life doing jobs as bassist for Stone Ground, Merle Saunders. Before graduating high school he had toured with Van Morrison for over a year. During the seventies Cipollina explored the jazz/fusion world, during which time he cut an album with legendary drummer, Tony Williams. Later, upon Tony’ s referral, Mario toured with Ronnie Montrose, even doing stints with Brian Auger and numerous jam sessions with Narada – Michael Walden. After being hired by Foreigner in ’79, Mario saw an opportunity to land that fabled record contract the he and his high school band mates had reached for in his earlier years. He jumped ship and came home to co- found Huey Lewis and The News, in which he would go on to amass a room full of American Music Awards, Grammies, Bammies, and even an Academy Awards nomination for co-writing and producing the number one single “Power of Love” which was featured in the blockbuster movie Back to the Future. With Huey and the News, Mario was invited to sing on the record breaking song, “We Are The World” , and remembers the thrill of calling his mom, sister, and legendary guitarist brother John with the news that, “I’m on the cover of Time Magazine!” None of this seems to have changed Cipollina from the prankster, and love filled guy he’ s known to be, so when he and Shapiro found themselves each wanting new blood in their musical lives, they both jumped; teaming with Dr Fu to re-create Reckless in Vegas as the power house trio that is primed to explode on the international stage. “We’ re gonna walk on down, and rock ’em all!”
Ryan Low (a.k.a. Dr. Fu) born in Chinatown San Francisco, is a high visibility drummer who is remarkable for his showmanship, distinctive styles, and driving rhythm. Ryan’s unique approach and explosive energy onstage, brings him to the forefront with the rest of the band. Besides being a performer and session player, Ryan is a committed teacher of drums and music for the last 15 years. He applies his classical music training in addition to his 25 years of live performing to his teaching along with his love and passion for drumming. Although Ryan is a true lover of rock and funk drumming, he has explored a variety of musical styles from hip-hop to country, latin jazz to R&B. Always looking for a challenge to expand his musical repertoire, Ryan has found it in spades with Reckless in Vegas! Besides ‘giving it up every night’ behind the drum set, Ryan has added a new dimension to his musicianship singing with RIV for the last four years.