I had the idea for putting together a trio to play weddings and private events and everyone ran with it. Rehearsals were really fun and we all were like: “yeah, let’s effin’ do this.” 🙂 – Vince
Hey, it’s Matt. My parents got me a record player for my fifth birthday and I got a guitar at age eight. I got into Jimmy Buffett while I was a student at Miami University. I started my performing career in Irish pubs on the south side of Chicago when I was about twenty and just kept going. I moved to Tennessee because of a woman (she left, I stayed), met Quincy, started a band, played all over the country, got tired of traveling, quit the band, got married, got some dogs, became a lawyer, had a kid.
Then Vince asked Quincy and me if we wanted to start up a little group to play here and there, mostly for fun. I like Vince and Quincy, and I like playing music with Vince and Quincy, so I said sure, let’s do it!
Yo! My name is Quincy Yeates (pronounced YAY… not YEE…), and I was born on the Caribbean Island of Tobago. With the prodding of my grandmother, my musical journey started at the age of 10, playing Clarinet and Oboe for the Tobago Youth Orchestra, Piano, Guitar and, Steel Pans for Tourists at Hotel Resorts.
At age 19, 2 years after emigrating to the U.S.A, I met Matt and we started a band called St. Somewhere. Some highlights of road life include opening for Steppenwolf, playing for the opening of the Margaritaville Restaurant at City Walk Orlando in front of 14 thousand people, and playing with Jimmy Buffett at his Margaritaville Restaurant in Key West FL. I then went on to play in several different bands with a couple particular highlights: opening for George Clinton and the P-Funk AllStars and creating an album that garnered Grammy consideration.
Other than music, I live a pretty groovy life with my wife and kid running a bohemian boutique.
Hi everyone! My name is Vince Ilagan (pronounced ill-LAH-gan), and I play bass for Rum Monday. I’m a native of Knoxville, TN. I met Matt and Quincy on my 21st birthday at O’Charley’s on UT’s campus. St Somewhere was playing their weekly Tuesday-night gig and I filled in on bass. It was also Tequiza promo night—does anyone even remember that drink? Anyway, soon after that, I joined the band full-time, had a ton of fun making great memories, and recorded on their second record, Wave Your Flag, before I stepped away to finish up at the University of TN.
After college, I took off to see the world as a touring musician. I’ve performed with artists such as Justin Townes Earle, Jill Andrews, Larkin Poe, Scott Miller & The Commonwealth, Circus No. 9, and others all over the United States, the Dominican Republic, the UK, Scandinavia, Australia, and New Zealand. Highlights include performing on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Ryman Auditorium, and many memorable music festivals including Bonnaroo, The Hardly-Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Suwanee Springfest, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, South by Southwest, and the Cayamo Song-to-Sea cruise.
I currently live in Oak Ridge, TN with my lovely wife, Bryn, and our two kids.
Also want to give a shout out to my endorsers: Gallien-Krueger Amplifiers and D’Addario Strings.