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Founded in 2003, Who’s Bad’s live performance is an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true King. Their power-packed performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has awed even the skeptics, selling out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom including London’s O2 in December of 2010, the venue where the King of Pop was slated to end his career with a 50-show “This Is It” concert series.
Beyond this unparalleled achievement, Who’s Bad has checked some of the world’s most famous pavilions off their ‘to-do’ list, selling out their first tour of China with stops at Ningbo’s Grand Theatre and Hunan Grand Theatre in Chengsha. Never neglecting Michael’s U.S. fans, Who’s Bad has packed The House of Blues franchise all across the United States; rocked DC’s 930 Club and returned to their native Chapel Hill, NC boasting larger, more eagerly-awaited performances with every romp around the globe. Sold-out shows from Colorado’s Bluebird Theatre and LA’s Gibson Amphitheatre and Romania’s Sala Palatalui to Teatro do Bourbon Country (Porto Alegre, Brazil) tell the story: no corner of the earth is safe from this infectious party production.
Who’s Bad has earned its name by paying studious attention to Michael Jackson’s every original groove and gravity-defying dance move, boasting over 100 years of professional experience and a team of dancers with resumes that include Broadway productions such as Phantom of the Opera. Vamsi Tadepalli (Who’s Bad founder, composer, and saxophonist) assembled a cast of North Carolina’s premiere musicians and, from Who’s Bad’s inception, believed in the band’s boundless possibilities. The velvety vocals and pinpoint choreography of frontman James Times combined with the five-piece band’s blaring horns, down-deep rhythms and the dancer’s synchronized dance routines results in a performance delivered with soul and precision superseded by no one but the King himself. They’ve shared stages with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, The Backstreet Boys, The Four Tops, Boys II Men, and hip hop superstar, Pitbull. Captivated fans include LIVENATION’s Anthony Nicolaidis who calls Who’s Bad, “the real deal,” and Michael Jackson’s longtime friend and manager Frank DiLeo who proclaimed after Who’s Bad show in Nashville, TN, “the show was great….Michael would have been proud!”
Whether you idolized the Jackson 5, fell in love to Human Nature, or learned to moonwalk to Billie Jean, Who’s Bad is THE ULTIMATE music-and-dance driven Michael Jackson homage. This band of professionals relentlessly elevate the legacy of pop music’s King, always pushing themselves to be more precise, to raise the level of excitement and awe, while embodying Michael Jackson’s mission to bring people together of all races, genders, and cultures through music. As the curtain opens on a Who’s Bad performance, every MJ fan feels the adrenaline, screams at the sight of that unmistakable silhouette, and succumbs to a surefire Michael Jackson sing-along. The energy is purely magnetic, the musicianship is first-rate, the dance moves deftly inspired. Who’s Bad is a tribute befitting a King and their high- octane execution of MJ’s music and dance has catapulted them to the exclusive rank of Ultimate!
James Times III was born and raised in sunny Miami, FL and has always been a student of the art of music, dance and general entertainment. The core of his musical abilities began at Miami Springs Senior High School with his involvement in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Choir, Music Theory and Music History throughout high school.
After graduating and being accepted into Florida International University’s School of Music, James also became a member of Drum Corps International’s Phantom Regiment and Bluecoats from 2007-2009. It was the Drum Corps activity that shaped James into the person and perfectionist that he has become today.
A die-hard fan of Michael Jackson knowingly since the age of 3, James didn’t realize his unique gift of dance until August of 2009, the year of MJ’s passing. James’ dream of performing as MJ on stage became a reality when he made an email inquiry to MJ LIVE and was accepted to perform with them in Las Vegas in 2015. His time performing with MJ LIVE served as the ultimate preparation for joining the ranks of Who’s Bad.
Like Michael, James is a self taught and innate dancer. It has been said by most people that James captures effortlessly the mannerisms, uniqueness, and deep soulful dancing of Michael Jackson. That is the result of the countless hours of studying MJ’s every hand, foot, finger, head, upper and lower body placement and angle in each song/performance, along with his natural similarity to Michael Jackson’s height, weight, and body type. An absolute true perfectionist, James has set a strict standard and motto for himself and that is, simply, “If it’s not the way Michael did it, it’s not right”. James has never had the great honor of meeting Michael himself, but through his music and dance it becomes clear that the two souls are connected when James takes the stage as Michael Jackson, A.K.A. ”Light”.
Archie Logan started his life as a musician at the tender age of 8 years old. His uncle saw the gift God had instilled in him and helped Archie nurture this gift in the church, but soon after Archie began to venture out to play different styles of music.
Archie Logan is known as a hard hitting pocket drummer whose smoking grooves raise the level of excitement in any musical situation. “Archie is a bass player’s best friend, because he locks it in and stays there”; as quoted by bass player extraordinaire Chip Shearin. He is a true work horse and strives to be the best he can be as a musician and businessman.
Archie has shared the stage with many of the industry’s top artists, gospel and secular alike. This list includes the incomparable Roberta Flack, Morris Day and the Time, Vikki Winans, Jennifer Hudson, Charlie Wilson, Karen Clarke Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole, Smoky Norful, Avant, Mario, Marvin Sapp, Rev Timothy Wright, Naughty By Nature, Malcolm Jamaal Warner and his band Milestone, Yahzarah (aka Purple St. James), independent R&B artists Dirty Sol and the list goes on and on. He also had the opportunity to play the Republican National committee Party with speaker George W. Bush Jr., the 2008 inauguration of President Barack Obama, 2 Super Bowls, in addition to many arenas and theatres.
Archie is on a continual journey to spread great music across the world while bringing an unrivaled level of excitement to the stage. Archie lives and quotes these rules: “In this acquisition of wisdom the first is silence, the second is listening, the third is memory, the fourth is practice a lot, and the fifth is teaching.” With that being said, he is a musician’s drummer and his goal is to keep making the grooves feel good.
Archie proudly endorses Pork Pie Drums and TRX Cymbals.
Malcolm “Blaze” Little is a passionate dancer and fitness instructor from Piscataway, New Jersey. He started dancing at a young age imitating Michael Jackson but didn’t take dance seriously until 2005 when he started bboying with his crew, Skillz de iLL. In 2009, he transitioned from bboying to choreography and started dancing with local New Jersey dance teams.
In 2011, director Alonzo Williams recognized his passion and drive and he joined the well-known dance company Rhythm City, who was featured on America’s Best Dance Crew Season 4.
Malcolm has been given amazing opportunities traveling throughout the East and West coast, as well as overseas in China and Japan, performing with Rhythm City and upcoming R&B/Pop Artist Domo.
Malcolm has since been instructing workout classes, one that includes the Union County Sheriff’s Department. Malcolm’s dream is to just inspire others to spread love and joy through their craft and remember that you are only limited by the barriers you create in your mind. Break the rules and create the life you want to live!
Aaron McCoy Jr. (saxophone), graduated from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, with a BA in Music performance and production and a concentration in Alto Saxophone. Aaron is the Music Director at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church in Franklinton, NC. He has been a woodwind instructor at South East Raleigh High School, Knightdale High School in Raleigh, NC and he was also the announcer and student instructor for Platinum Sound Marching Band. While at Shaw University Aaron was a member of the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Pep Band, where he became the Pep Band Director. After graduation Aaron recruited for the Jazz Ensemble for the University.
Aaron was born in Norfolk, Virginia. His early schooling was in Virginia Beach, VA, where he fell in love with music and most notable, the saxophone. His craft was enhanced during his high school years at Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, VA under the direction of Mr. Elston Fitzgerald.
Aaron has performed with such artists as Psychodelic Soul, Liquid Pleasure and his own band Mixed Water Band which was the house band for Zydeco Downtown owned by the two time Super Bowl star Antwan Harris. Other groups include Soul Blues Singer Lacey, The O’jays’s, The Foreign Exchange, Peabo Bryson, The North Carolina Symphony. He'a also shared the stage with Yolanda Adams, recording artist Coco McMillan, Gerald Hinton, North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Joey Holloway Project, Donald Lawrence, LeeAnne Faine, Shirley Caesar, Melvin Williams, and others.
Justin Caminero is a dancer born in the Bronx, NY, from the Dominican Republic. He did small training in community groups bringing him to his first mentor, Randy Luna, who taught him
elements of hip hop, street jazz, and performance. With the skills attained he moved under Alonzo Williams, who further shaped Justin into the professional dancer he is now, beginning
with training in his team (Rhythm City). His first professional experiences came from becoming a dancer for Domo, a pop/hip hop singer/performer, performing in several events including
festivals, award ceremonies, music videos, and parades from New York to China. Justin further expanded in his dance career, requested for music videos by YouTube figure Cessa La Princessa, and granted the opportunity to dance with Justina Valentine’s (Wild N’Out star) in music video for “Voicemail.”
Alongside his growing work with artists, he participated in several dance competitions with Rhythm City from New York, to DC, to Switzerland, also partaking in many dance showcases, reaching the Madison Square Garden stage. Most recently, his work has allowed him to become a part of a successful Michael Jackson Tribute group called “Who’s Bad.” Aside from Justin’s growing performance experience, he also teaches hip hop in different studios to several ages, aiming to instill into his students not only the training, but the love he obtains for dance. To Justin, it’s important for his students to understand that they cannot grow or become better if there is no present drive or passion for anything they partake in. His biggest
goal for his students is to become successful doing what they love and he tries to be a living example of that to become an inspiration for others.
Drusell De Vose who also goes by his dance/stage name “SiD” (which stands for Switch iDance) is a professional Dancer, Choreographer, and Dance Teacher. Specializing in the areas of HipHop, Contemporary HipHop, and Street Jazz. Stepping out on faith SiD moved away from home to become better and to train harder. Outside of training and dancing with “Live In Color” a professional dance company based in Miami Florida, SiDs growth has led him to some really great adventures. Performing with artists like Justina Valentine (NEW Jersey), Karena Clarke (Miami), Touring all over the map with Who's Bad and has also performed on the reality show The First Family Of HipHop behind Lea Robinson (Sugarhill Gang in New York) on Bravo Television. SiD also ventured off into acting, where he landed a role in the independent film Last Love Lost, directed by Jahmar Hill, of which he also choreographed.
SiD has toured and performed in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Colorado, Philadelphia, Canada, China and Switzerland just to name a few. During his growth period he became part of a Family/Organization named “Rhythm City” out of Bronx, NYC. His passion, drive and energy is completely experienced in each class he teaches, as he pushes dancers to experience a new and different level within theirselves. SiDs motto is "Greatness within can only be achieved when you have someone great helping you to see how great you are capable of becoming."
His hard work and training gives him the ability to always share something new, different and challenging in all of his classes. SiDs main goal is to inspire those to bring to life the person they dream to be or have dreamed of becoming,
and to believe in themselves.
Quinton Moore is a native of Whiteville, NC now residing in Greensboro, NC. He is the son of Glenda Baldwin and Craig Moore. Born into a musically inclined family, Quinton started his musical journey at a very young age traveling the road with his father, coincidentally also a bassist. Quinton has an affinity for learning multiple instruments, as he is fluent in bass guitar, drums, and keyboards. Quinton eventually advanced to playing bass guitar in which he has grown to love and made his primary instrument.
After graduating high school in 2008 he decided to take his music career to the next level which began with a move to Greensboro, NC in late 2008. Quinton has now toured and shared the stage with a host of artists playing several different genres of music. To name a few: The Renowned FOUR TOPS, Earnest Pugh, Ricco Barrino, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Natural Wonder Ultimate Stevie Wonder Tribute Band, Carolina Soulband, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen and many more.
Music is more than just a passion to him and he loves every minute of it. Right now Quinton is currently working full-time with Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience and also performs with many other groups. He is proudly endorsed by Lakland Basses, Micheal Tobias Basses and Gallien-Krueger Amplifications.
Vamsi Tadepalli, Whether paying tribute to the King of Pop in front of thousands of fans, performing small group jazz for discriminating listeners, writing and arranging, or teaching, Vamsi Tadepalli invests all of his musical pursuits with a confluence of creativity, professionalism and versatility.
Born and raised in North Carolina to Indian parents, Tadepalli is the first American-born member of his family. His parents, scientists by trade, placed a high value on the arts and on music in particular. Accordingly, he was exposed to Indian Classical Music and Dance from his earliest years. At the age of 8 he began formal musical study on the keyboard at the Yamaha Music School in Durham, NC. Although it wouldn’t be until high school that Tadepalli would study sitar, his early exposure to Indian Classical Music had a broader impact: its emphasis on improvisation undoubtedly contributed to Tadepalli's affinity for jazz, America's improvised classical music.
After taking up the saxophone at the age of 12 and several years of private instruction, Tadepalli entered Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham. Jordan boasted an exceptional jazz combo program rivaling those of many colleges, and Tadepalli began listening to and emulating recordings of such masters as Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane. He also started performing professionally in the Raleigh-Durham area.
Tadepalli continued his study of jazz at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving both academic and music scholarships and majoring in Jazz Performance. He also studied with outstanding altoist Justin Robinson and sought out the expertise of legendary bebop guru and exponent Barry Harris, participating in Harris’ workshop at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He has shared the stage with Harris, Slide Hampton, Eric Alexander, Joe Farnsworth, Antonio Hart, Vincent Herring, and Jamey Aebersold, and has appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival and Smoke Jazz Club in NYC.
Concurrent with Tadepalli’s commitment to jazz was an interest in marching band, both as an instrumentalist and as a writer/arranger. He taught himself to play the mellophone in order to participate in Drum Corps International, marching in Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, and received the Distinguished Service Award from the latter in 2002. He has written for the UNC Marching Tarheels, the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, and has written and arranged the wind book for many competitive corps style high school marching bands, including West Johnston High School (a 4 time Bands of America Semifinalist) and Panther Creek High School.
Tadepalli has also taught extensively, serving as the marching, brass and woodwind instructor at Jordan and West Johnston High Schools, the jazz director at West Johnston High School, the Assistant Band Director at Rogers Herr Middle School, and as a longtime private saxophone instructor. Additionally, Tadepalli spent several years in San Francisco at Ubisoft SF Studios working on an educational guitar game called Rocksmith.
In 2003, Tadepalli founded Who’s Bad, a group dedicated exclusively to performing the music of pop icon Michael Jackson. As manager, arranger, saxophonist, keyboardist and choreographer of the group from 2003 until 2011, Tadepalli has had the opportunity to employ his full range of skills, performing saxophone and dance routines at 100+ shows per year worldwide. At the end of 2011 he came off the road and continues to manage the band residing in Los Angeles.