Shawn Scheller & The Contenders are a diverse 6-piece dance-rock and soul band from Tampa Bay, FL. The group, formed in 2016 by Scheller and Scott Lockhart while on hiatus from Billboard charting alt-rock act Save The Radio, finds a collection of fun-loving pranksters, music & movie nerds and family guys who met in high school (Shawn & Scott), the mall (Shawn & Ric Santiago), a bus-stop (Shawn & Junni B) and others kindly permanently borrowed from other bands (Mateo Olivo of Dosage and newly added Ezara Sanders formerly of Michael McDonald). SS&TC (for short) site artists like Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Hall and Oates, INXS and Doobie Brothers and templates for musical success. Their unique brand of entertainment fuses vocal harmonies and soulful horn lines with high-energy performances honoring the integrity of the original artist that will drive you to dance, consume adult beverages, reminisce and hug your friends .Now hailed as ‘Florida’s most dangerous dance-rock n’ soul band ‘ by Fans and Critics, Shawn Scheller & The Contenders have performed over 1000 shows and have had the pleasure of opening for iconic bands Bryan Adams, Rob Thomas, REO Speedwagon, Eddie Money, Panic! at the Disco, Pearl Jam, Billy Joel, Muse, Duran Duran, Neon Trees, Saigon Kick, 3 Doors Down and many more. “There are 6 bands you should know in Tampa/St Pete right now, Shawn Scheller & The Contenders is high on that list” -TheBurg-
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