Kendall Street Company was founded in the early months of 2013 by guitarist/vocalist Louis Smith and saxophonist Andrew Drehoff. The duo had been playing together for some time in the greater Virginia Beach area, joined by a rotation of talented musicians who performed behind Louis as the Louis Smith Band. After moving to Charlottesville in late 2012 to attend the University of Virginia, the pair began putting together a group of student musicians, adding Brian Roy on bass/vocals and Ryan Wood on drums/percussion in early 2013. Since then, the band has added Price Gillock on keyboards, Ben Laderberg on the electric guitar, and Jake Vanaman on saxophone.
The band performs regularly in Virginia and throughout the East Coast, maintaining a central presence in the Charlottesville area, which includes regular live radio performances and a debut EP recorded at Blue Sprocket Sound in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The group released their debut full-length album Earth Turns in the Summer of 2016. While Kendall Street Company's music is influenced by a variety of musicians and styles, the group has been described as "psychedelic," "alternative," "jammy," "rock," "indie," and "ska." It is not uncommon for guest performers to join the group on stage for extended jams.
Louis Smith - Lead Vocals/Guitar
The frontman of Kendall Street Company. Louis was raised in the beautiful city of Virginia Beach, Virginia, before moving to Charlottesville in 2012 to pursue a degree in music performance. He, along with Andrew Drehoff, founded Kendall Street Company the following year.
Brian Roy - Backup Vocals/Basses
A Charlottesville-based musician who was born and raised inside the D.C. beltway. He came to Charlottesville to study music and history at the University of Virginia. Brian plays upright, electric, and acoustic basses and sings backup vocals along with producing some of the band's live and recorded music.
Ryan Wood - Drums/Percussion
A drummer from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He moved to Charlottesville in 2011 to pursue his education, ultimately joining Kendall Street Company two years later.
Price Gillock - Keyboards, Flute
Price "Thomas Jefferson" Gillock is a keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist from Staunton, Virginia. He brought his talents to Kendall Street Company in 2013.
Ben Laderberg - Electric Guitar
Raised in the 757, Ben Laderberg lays down electric guitar with the Company. Following extensive jam sessions and recording on Earth Turns, he continues to influence the tunes with his savory noodles, ferocious tone, and good vibes.
Jake Vanaman - Saxophone
"Young Gun" Jake Vanaman hails from Northern Virginia and joined Kendall Street Company as their saxophonist in the Summer of 2016. His horn playing is heavily-influenced by the music of Sonny Stitt, Snarky Puppy, and Sonny Rollins.
Andrew Drehoff - Saxophone
"Dre" grew up playing saxophone with Louis in Virginia Beach. After moving to Charlottesville, he became a founding member of Kendall Street Company. He continues to join the band at live performances in and around Richmond, where he is working on his Masters degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. Appears on: Kendall Street Company - EP (2014); Earth Turns (2016)
Bucky Henry - Auxiliary Percussion
Grooving and unassuming, Bucky Henry is a percussionist from Virginia Beach. He offers diverse rhythmic arrangement to the group's foundation. His setup includes rainsticks, wood blocks, bongos, timbales, chimes, cowbells, and various other accouterments. He currently resides in California. Appears on: Earth Turns (2016