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VESPERS NINE is a five member premier classic rock band based out of South Florida.  Launched with this lineup in late 2012, the band is a versatile, high energy rock cover band, that also writes and performs its own original music.  Made up of well-seasoned musicians, VESPERS NINE is a highly professional group available for bookings at clubs, private events, corporate events and anywhere that is seeking to have a classic rock band perform one of the best rock shows available anywhere.   The band is currently writing new original material to record in-studio, in preparation for future shows.


Band Members

John Simon

Lead vocals

-a seasoned musician fronting the band's lead vocals, offers an amazing full range voice and brings an ability to sing just about anything to the band. His versatility, vocal power and control allows the group to do a wide range of musical styles, while always maintaining a rock feel. John is also an accomplished drummer and percussionist.


Gricel Julie Dosal

Bass Guitar, Lead and Bakground Vocals

-brings years of live performance, writing and studio recording experience to the band. Gricel's playing brings a groove, tightness and melody to the band with her emphasis on time and feel that helps bond the rhythm foundation. Her style locks easily in with the drums and always effectively bridges that gap between guitars and drums. Gricel's playing locks in a solid groove helping to keep the band's impeccable time and sets the foundation for the other melodic instruments. As a second lead vocalist, Gricel (younger sister to lead vocalist, John Simon) adds her own particular vocal style and range, along with her own distinct resonance when taking on the occasional lead vocals. However, being the younger sibling of the lead vocalist, it's the background harmony vocals which are a highlight of the group. Due primarily to the fact that natural sibling compatibility works extremely well with vocals harmonies, VESPERS NINE enjoys a genuine advantage with well-blended vocal harmonies.


James Martinez

Lead and Rythm Guitars, Background vocals

is also a well seasoned player who, with his wealth of live performance experience, adds his unique playing style that includes fierce solos, and everything from heavy crunch rhythm parts, to haunting clean sounds -- running the gauntlet of guitar. All in all, James incorporates a dazzling array of guitar techniques and sheer intensity into whatever song he is playing, whether it be a cover song or an original song that he has written or collaborated on. His facility on the fretboard brings about piercing and emotive soloing that is nothing less than captivating. James also adds harmony vocals to VESPERS NINE during live performances.

Jesse Rivas

Lead and Rythm Guitars

-also a well-seasoned guitarist, is known for his ability to blend heavy, intense guitars with melodically nuanced srong structure. Well versed in music, through his formal musical education, Jesse's playing is both intense and dramatic, with fast tempos and harmonized leads, but he can just as easily streamline to a more commercial and expressive range. This versatility shows in his broad writing and playing style that lends itself well to a band that enjoys covering many stylistic bases.


George Dosal

Drums and Percussion

-brings extensive knowledge from his many years in cover and original bands, along with much studio and live performance experience. His diverse and distinct style is formed from a variety of influences that range from rock, hard rock, progressive rock, jazz, Latin and everything in between. George is highly adaptable to any and all styles of rock, which allows for his ability to layer styles and add flavor to the band's music; he is an integral part of the VESPERS NINE sound.