Litchfield Park, Arizona resident and former LA recording musician, Larry Keen, is celebrating his four-year anniversary of playing at The Wigwam Resort. Keen and Goodyear keyboardist Bob Shade started playing together at The Wigwam in early 2014 on Saturday nights, most recently as Two Lane Highway with Mark Foster joining on drums. Please join us on Saturday, February 24th when Two Lane Highway takes the stage at 7pm to commemorate their four-year anniversary. Their performances are open to the public as well as guests of the Wigwam. Please see press release below for more information on the band and its members.
Press Release – For Immediate Release “National Treasure” Larry Keen Celebrates 4-Years Playing The Wigwam
Litchfield Park, AZ, February 13, 2018: At the age of 16, now Litchfield Park resident, Larry Keen had his first brush with music fame when he traveled by train from his northern West Virginia home to Los Angeles to visit his uncle. Getting off the train in LA his uncle saw the guitar that was strapped to Keen’s back and asked, “Are you any good?” Keen responded that he felt he was.
After hearing Keen play in the train station, his uncle stopped, with the teenage Keen in tow, by the Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood where he knew the owner. Moments later, Larry was on stage with his guitar doing a solo performance. Following that performance, he was offered an opportunity to sit in with their house band while he was in the LA area. That band was headed by two relatively unknown musicians at the time, Glenn Fry and Don Henley. The band, of course, later became The Eagles.
Following his trip to LA, Keen returned home, continued developing his musical skills and eventually went on to college. After obtaining his Master’s Degree, Keen decided that, despite being accepted to medical school, he wanted to pursue a career in music instead of the medical field and was on his way to New York City where he played on the famed New York Coffee Circuit from 1972-75, becoming one of the most popular artists on a roster that included Jay Leno, Jim Croce and Don McClean, playing to standing room only crowds.
In 1975, Keen moved west to Los Angeles where he and his music partner from West Virginia, R.J. Pollack, formed the R.J. Keen Band. Keen would spend the next 20 years as a guitarist/singer/songwriter, playing with, and opening for acts such as Jim Croce, Jimmy Buffett, Bonnie Raitt, Loggins & Messina, Fleetwood Mac and numerous other big-name headliners. Keen also recorded three records and performing at such LA music landmarks such as The Troubadour, the Bla Bla Café, The Great American Food, and Beverage Company, and a 6-year stint as the “house performer” at the legendary Sagebrush Cantina. As has happened with many a great musician, the LA scene and national tours took their toll on Keen and he eventually was burnt out on music. After a ten-year hiatus from music, during which he started and developed a business called Air Gourmet, which catered to celebrities when they traveled, Keen found himself longing to play professionally again.
In 1997, Keen sold his business and moved to Summit County, CO, where he eventually renewed his love of performing and entertaining on stage. Keen credits playing with Michael Fauth, who plated previously with The Dirt Band and Alabama, and writing with Nancy Cook as helping him rediscover the joy in music. In 1998, Keen and Fauth started playing together at The Great Northern Divide and later at the Park Ave. Pub in Breckenridge, CO to standing room only crowds. Park Ave. Pub is owned by Vail Resorts.
After moving to the West Valley in 2012, Keen eventually met Bob Sheade, who was born and raised in Chicago and is a master on the piano and keyboard.
Sheade, who started his music career at a very young age, was influenced by The Beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and R&B artists such as Earth Wind & Fire, The Spinners and Lionel Richie. Sheade has also accompanied Tony and Grammy award winning performers and his soulful, comfortable, heartfelt playing style has been lauded in bringing out the best of those he works with. In the 90's Sheade’s interests turned towards contemporary jazz and as part of the John Kaizer Band and toured the Southwest. The band charted on Billboard and the song "Stolen Moments", which Bob co-wrote with John and received regular airplay on smooth jazz stations.
From 2000 to 2014 Sheade could be regularly seen playing solo piano at various resorts and restaurants around Phoenix. Anxiously looking to participate in a duo situation, fate intervened and Sheade ran into Larry Keen at a gig Keen was performing. An exchange of information led to an initial performance and shortly thereafter Two Lane Highway was born. Sheade’s diverse musical background and complete enjoyment in playing all different types of music is evident in the extensive and wide range of music on their set lists.
Sheade, now a resident of Goodyear, has stated that meeting Keen, forming Two Lane Highway and performing with him has revitalized his music career and brought great joy to his life. Keen is the musical brother Sheade had been seeking for many years.
Fast forward to 2018 and Two Lane Highway has been performing Saturday nights for the last four years at The Wigwam Resort, in Litchfield Park as a duo act with Sheade and Keen together and more recently as a trio with Mark Foster on drums, as well as a four-piece band with former Creedence Clearwater Revival and BB King lead guitarist, Steve DeVoss joining in.
Their weekly Saturday night performances at The Wigwam, under the stars when weather permits, are attended by those staying at the resort as well as locals who travel from all parts of the valley to listen to Two Lane Highway perform and the band never fails to deliver. In fact, many guests of the Wigwam come back to stay year after year to see Two Lane Highway in action during their visits to the valley.
You can catch Two Lane Highway live at 7pm most every Saturday night outside Litchfield’s Bar & Grill inside The Wigwam. And be sure to join us for the four-year anniversary show on February 24th.
Two Lane Highway, The Larry Keen Trio, Sheade & Keen and Bob Sheade soloist are available for corporate and private parties as well as community events, music venues, and weddings. For more information on booking one of these acts for your event or venue, please contact Bob Sheade at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-225-3440.