Cope started as a family band with two brothers and a cousin out of Akron, Ohio. More than a decade later the Stadelman brothers, along with multi-instrumentalist Juanjamon and drummer Brad Elliot, have evolved into a family full of friends, fans, dancers and music-heads across the U.S. This circle of family is united together by fun loving good times, some serious psychedelic southern-fried funk, rockin’ jazz-reggae and electro-grass music.
Making their way onto festival stages and into prime headlining and opening slots, Cope has been mixing their infectious originals with relentless jams and crafty covers to create hair-raising eargasms for the masses. Influenced by such definitive artists as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Tool, David Grisman and George Clinton & P funk, their elaborate arrangements set up frequent blistering guitar and amazing saxophone solos by Dennis Stadelman and Juan “Juanjamon” Montero. Kenny Stadelman defines the band’s sound with a smooth and funky groovin’ bass style that keeps the crowd hopping and dancing. Brad Elliot, who became the bands drummer in 2013, brings tight grooves, flawless improvisation and a solid backbone of rhythm to the table. Every member contributes vocally to help create soaring four-part harmonies, with the Stadelmans predominately splitting lead vocal duties. Gaining notoriety as the “Undisputed Jam Kings of Tampa Bay” (Mark Warren – Skipper’s Smokehouse Talent Agency) and with the release of their latest CD titled “See”, Cope has been spreading and reaching outward from the far south with the goal to perform with as many bands and fans in an attempt to reach musical nirvana and promote the fellowship of musicians and music enthusiasts everywhere.