Robby & Rex

The Robinson Brothers – Robby and Rex – two of central Illinois’ rock ‘n’ roll legends, return to their native Litchfield accompanied by an all-star band.

Robby Robinson is a keyboard whiz and Hammond organ artist with a career spanning 50 years. From Liza Minelli, Eddie Harris and The London Symphony Orchestra to Albert King, The Ventures, The Commodores and Tom Jones, Robby is best known as the music director/keyboardist for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons since 1978.

Rex Robinson has more than 40 years experience playing the low notes and keeping the foundation for such superstars as Peggy Lee, The Beach Boys, Lisa Minelli and The Four Tops, just to name a few. He played bass and sang bass for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons for more than 20 years.

Guest Stars

Sara Niemietz is one of the fastest rising stars on the music scene today with records, Broadway and TV, as well as a YouTube channel that is blowing up the internet. 

Christopher Kale Jones played the role of Frankie Valli in the hit musical JERSEY BOYS (seen recently in St Louis). He is also the star of the hit PBS “Under the Streetlamp.”

Chris Montez brings his hit records, “Let’s Dance,” “The More I See You” and “Call Me,” to Litchfield. In 1962 Chris toured England and The Beatles were his opening act.

Steve March-Torme is a phenomenal vocalist-recording artist who electrified Litchfield at the previous Robinson Brothers concert.

Andrea Hammond, vocalist/violinist/recording artist, is an extraordinary talent and her musical brilliance paints a beautiful and diverse sound mosaic. She has collaborated with Robby on numerous projects. Robby is excited to show her off to Litchfield and show Litchfield off to her.

Band Members

Richie Gajate Garcia is a world-class percussionist who has toured with a who’s-who of major artists such as Phil Collins, Sting, Diana Ross, John Denver, Stevie Wonder, The Boston Pops, as well as Frankie Valli.

Craig Pilo is an amazing drummer who toured with Frankie Valli for 13 years. He played drums for the last two Robinson Brothers concerts and knocked it out of the park.

Chuck Wilson is a product of Litchfield and has been making music with Robby and Rex since they were teenagers, back to the Far Cryse days. Chuck toured with Frankie Valli for years, singing and playing drums and percussion.

Basil Fung is a fantastic guitarist who has played with such superstars as Alanis Morissette, Wilson Phillips, and The Pointer Sisters. He is currently the guitarist in Frankie Valli’s Band. His dazzling guitar solos are prominently featured in Frankie Valli’s recent PBS special.
 
Harry Kim, all-star trumpet player to the stars Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Phil Collins to name a few. You may have heard Harry’s trumpet playing the high notes of American Idol, The Grammys, The Oscars, movies, etc. 
 
Paul Von Mertens, saxophone and woodwinds, is an amazing musician who has worked with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and Elton John. He is best known as the Music Director for Brian Wilson since 1999.

Dr. Jon Brummel, trombone, is an incredible low brass artist who has been the top call for Frankie Valli in the northern California area. His resume is extensive, having performed with Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, and the San Francisco Symphony.