The Village Idiots chose their name because it represents the crazy, fun side of all of us. Deep inside, we all love those moments when you just don’t care what anyone thinks when it comes to having fun. And having fun is what the Idiots are really all about. Fronted by the gorgeous and talented Jessie Paige, the Village Idiots deliver fun and familiar music, a rousing good time, a healthy-dose of crowd interaction and lots of chances to let your hair down and party like a true Idiot!
Drummer Rich Armstrong and Bassist Bobby Good were two of the founders of the band in May of 2009. Formed originally as a three-man, rock-based cover band, Good and Armstrong handled most of the lead vocals as the the Idiots started playing shows around the western suburbs of Atlanta. It was during the first year of the band when Rich reached out to Scott Keefer – his Little Brother from his fraternity days at Jacksonville State – to sit in with the trio on keyboards. Though the timing wasn’t right to join full time, the beginnings of today’s Idiots were set in motion.
The biggest shift in the direction for the Village Idiots began in the winter of 2010, when the guys decided a female lead singer would open the door to a whole new set of options for fun songs and entertaining shows. The first singer to grab the mic was Brittany O’Bannon Winland. Unfortunately, some unforeseen circumstances led Brittany to have to leave the gig, and Danika Ramsey blew the guys away with her powerful audition. Danika held down the lead duties for the next few years as the Idiots grew their audience and expanded the reach of clubs and private events that built them a large and loyal following.
Now a solid 4-piece group, a search for a new vocalist was on in the fall of 2013 after Danika left to relocate to the west coast. Enter Macon Georgia’s Jessie Paige – who answered an ad on Craigslist and blew away all of the competition to become the new Lead Singer for the Village Idiots. At the age of 25, Jessie already had the vocal chops of a singer with many more years under their belt, and instantly the Village Idiots knew they had found the future of the band! Jessie’s arrival also opened the door for even more variety and range in the band’s musical choices, and it wasn’t long before the idea of filling out the band’s sounds with keyboards and synth was a priority.
In February of 2014 Scott Keefer finally found his way into becoming a full-time member of the Idiots, as keyboardist and harmony singer, reuniting with the the guys to help shape the ever-changing and evolving sound of the Idiots performances. In the summer of 2014, local guitar veteran and virtuoso JJ Fontaine was invited to take over lead guitar duties following the departure of the band’s original guitarist. JJ’s amazing sound and captivating solo work instantly took the band to even another new level, as they dove deeper and deeper into the catalogues of classic rock, huge radio funk hits and contemporary pop music.
Today – The Village Idiots are as strong as they’ve ever been, and the success of their shows is proof. Packing the house regularly at clubs around the Atlanta suburbs, the Idiots bring to the stage a polished sound and strong desire to perform the music that makes their audience sing and dance and party like only Idiots know how. With a playlist that is clearly aimed at the very successful 35-55 age group, club owners quickly figured out that these guys weren’t Idiots after all, but seasoned, professional musicians who take their craft seriously and understand what it takes to draw a crowd, pump up the excitement and deliver results for the venues they play.
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