Best Shot

Los Angeles based Best Shot - The Benatar Experience is the ultimate tribute to Pat Benatar.
With over 8+ years of experience singing and performing Pat Benatar's music, this band brings their talented rendition, paying homage to one of Rocks most popular female vocalists.

Best Shot - The Benatar Experience - Band, has developed an unmistakable replication of sound and performance. With note for note signature guitar leads and tones, to the backing vocals, drums, bass, and keyboards, the chemistry of these musicians give their audience a musical ride through a familiar and popular classic catalog of songs. 
When this band hits the stage, it embodies the likeness in looks, wearing classic Benatar stage costumes, then singing with the amazing vocal tones and dynamic presence of Pat Benatar herself. 
Best Shot’s two hour song list consists of all the early popular hits, including her chart topping songs of the 80’s like "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" , "Love Is A Battlefield" , "Heartbreaker" , "You Better Run" , and so many more. 

This six piece band brings an authentic, energetic performance at every show. Fans of old and new experience the true essence that Pat Benatar is known for. These musicians bring a humble and gracious professionalism to all they meet along their journey, and have worked hard on presenting this top "A" List tribute to this iconic female rock legend.

Rick Hunter - Guitar

Photo: Sal Gomez

Photo: Sal Gomez

A Boston, Massachusetts native, Rick is a well seasoned vocalist and guitar player with 35+ years of experience. Rick Hunter’s roots in rock music started back during the British Invasion era, and has continued to be influenced by various styles of Melodic/Rock and Hard Rock genres and artists throughout 4 decades. He began his first band in 1975, playing cover songs and writing original music. His career ranges from performing in many Cover bands, Tribute bands, and several Original projects performing songs written by Rick.  
From the early 80’s till the early 90’s, Rick embarked on a “Roc-Coustic Solo” career (for 12 years) opening for many National Acts and Top Regional Bands throughout the New England states, Dallas, Texas, and California areas. He’s been writing, recording, arranging, and producing his music in the form of 45’s, Cassette tapes, and CD’s for 4 decades. His schooling ranges from – “On – the - Job Experience”, to learning through the school of “Hard Knocks”, which is valuable knowledge and information that books don’t include in their text, and can’t be taught….
His experience from doing most all his own promotions, booking, and constant live performances from small clubs to large festivals and concert venues, has given the name Rick Hunter a well respected name amongst his peers within the music industry, as well as a large fan base that supports all of his endeavors, which brings a compliment to all the projects he’s involved with.
Since moving to Southern California in 1988, Rick has constantly been performing in several of his own original, and cover bands, as well as a multi versatile Tribute Band Guitarist for many projects, which can be found on many social media sites.

Clackers Kay - Bass

Photo: Heather Harris

Photo: Heather Harris

Clackers Kay is a local bass legend and Berklee College of Music Graduate, originally from Fairfield, Connecticut. Clackers is a heavily sought after working musician that is very well known in the LA scene and beyond. He has shared the stage with many nationally known artists including, Cher, Bette Midler, Ace of Base, Michael Schenker, UFO, Uli Jon Roth, Ericm Martin of Mr. Big, Puddle of Mudd, War and many more. He was also a member of Oni Logan's band, Headset, Cloud Nine & Contact Buzz. 

Clackers appeared on Rosanne Barr's syndicated talk show with Leif Garrett's Godspeed. He performed with Honkystomp on The Next Great American Band. Recorded with legendary producer, Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, etc) as well as A-List producer Ryan Greene (Jay-Z, Usher, Cheap Trick, Megadeth, Mr. Big, NOFX) and several other recording projects. He is currently endorsed by Dudacus Bass out of Cambridge, MA (www.dudacus.com) and continues to rock in multiple tribute cover and original bands. 

 

Dave Polich - Keys

Photo: Steve Gaglio

Photo: Steve Gaglio

Dave has been a keyboardist, synthesizer programmer and sound designer for over 30 years. One of the most active designers in the world! Part of the design team for Yamaha since 1991. He has also programmed sounds for Korg, Roland, Steinberg, and Dave Smith Instruments. He was appointed Keyboard Sound Manager for Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' tour in 2009 and has also worked with Bonnie Raitt's band, Sergio Mendes and Fleetwood Mac, just to name a few. He is currently the Keyboard Tech/Programmer for Grammy Award winning producer David Foster. 

Scott Connor - Drums

Photo: Sound Lens Photography

Photo: Sound Lens Photography

Scott Connor is a live/session drummer, percussionist and vocalist.  He is a graduate of the Grove School of Music percussion program and has played and recorded in the Los Angeles area since 1981.  He has worked with country groups, progressive rock, classic rock, jazz fusion and Christian contemporary worship music.  Scott has toured with Bobby Kimball (ex-Toto), Billy Sherwood (bassist for Yes) and Tony Kaye (ex-Yes).
 
Scott has recorded with members of Deep Purple, Foreigner, Yes, Rainbow, Mountain, Moody Blues, ELP and Dream theatre.  In 2013, Scott was the live drummer for iconic actor and poet, William Shatner, performing his 2013 record Ponder The Mystery.  He performed three full concerts and made an appearance with Shatner and group at the Hollywood Christmas Parade on the main stage.

Shannon Rae - Backing Vocals

Photo: Manny Dominguez

Photo: Manny Dominguez

Shannon Rae has been a vocalist most of her life, influenced by such country rock icons as Linda Ronstadt, Wynonna Judd and Reba McEntire. The thing that Shannon loves most about singing backups in a Benatar band? The challenge of the high notes! Pat Benatar was a trained opera singer and sang the backing vocals herself on all of her albums. Shannon's high harmonies really lock into Khristina's powerful vocals to give Best Shot that authentic Benatar sound. 

Shannon is an original country rock artist with an original album available at all digital retailers. She is currently touring with her band and released her second album in June of 2018.