Steve’s solo performance showcases a taste of everything: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Country, World music… a spectrum of styles appreciated by any audience.
ARZ is the moniker for the two man progressive rock: guitarist/singer Steve Adams and drummer Merrill Hale. The two Portland, OR area musicians met and cemented their relationship while they were members of the local Yes tribute act, All Good People (AGP). ARZ had previously been Adams’s one man instrumental tour de force (playing all guitars, bass and programmed drums) and releasing four solo CD’s, two from 2005 Serai and The Magi, and The Last Kingdom and Solomon’s Key from 2007. These recordings present the guitarist’s wide ranging influences from classical to hard rock and metal, with an emphasis on unison riffing and balanced songwriting and arrangements.
In 2011 ARZ signed with Unicorn Records out of Quebec and in 2013 bass player Chael Emmett joined ARZ.
The Northwest’s most ferocious Led Zeppelin tribute band. You gotta see it to believe it. Features Chael Emmett as John Paul Jones, Merrill Hale as John Bonham, Rich Ray as Robert Plant. I guess that leaves Steve playing the part of Mr. Jimmy Page.
Lisa LaRue’s 2KX
A collective of today’s cutting edge Progressive Rock artists assembled by Lisa LaRue (two time Oklahoma Music Awards Native American Artist of the Year), founder, producer, and artistic director. Albums World Class, and Fast and Blue received International attention. 2KX for Fast and Blue was nominated Best Instrumental Artist of the year in the 21st annual L.A. Music Awards.