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Mr. Nice Guy

Tommy Hall

Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals

Born August 31,1960 in Miami. Began playing piano at age 8 and guitar at age 11. In the late 70’s formed the band “Napoleon” and with Mr. Nice Guy bandmate John Quinn toured Europe and Asia for the U.S.O. and played frequently in the Virgin Islands. In 1983 moved to Northern Virginia and played in somewhat Cheezy Hotel Lounge bands for about 6 years. During the same time did studio work playing on numerous advertising jingles. In 1990 moved back to South Florida (the Ridge), and shortly after began playing with the Backbeats along with MNG drummer Dave Webster.

In late 2002, formed Mr. Nice Guy. In 2003, played guitar and keys briefly with former Bad Company vocalist Brian Howe. Shortly after he began playing bass guitar with MNG keyboardist John Quinn in the “Livesays”. In 2005 he began playing lead guitar with 'Foghat' original member Tony Stevens and continues doing shows  under the band name “Slowride”.

John Quinn


Brought up in New England John played around New Haven/Hartford areas. Soon after high school he moved to Florida where he played in a local band that toured the Midwest. Finally settling in Miami, he met up with Tom Hall and a group named Napoleon. This group toured all over the world playing concerts and clubs for the military (USO, DOD, PACAF). The band played many bases in Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. Napoleon made its home in the Virgin Islands where it had a house gig for a couple of years playing covers and originals. 

John then met a group called the Livesays which was playing all original music. The band was opening shows for national acts at big concerts. The Livesays played with such acts as Cheap Trick, Edgar Winter, Foreigner, Steppenwolf, Moody Blues, Bo-Diddly, and many more..... John and Billy Livesay [of the Livesays] ended up joining The Clarence Clemons Band in '98. The Big Man with Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, John played with Clarence for a couple of years. Mr.Nice Guy was soon in the picture. 

Richie Vega

Bass Guitar/Vocals

Born up north & raised in the deep south, I began a fascination with
art & music from a very young age. At age 13 a friend played the opening
chords of “Stairway” on his acoustic and suggested perhaps I should learn
to play bass so we could form a band. Well the band never happened, but I
got a bass & began teaching myself how to play. Early influences included
Beatles, Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Rush and whatever else I could get my
ears on. Later I turned towards more groove-based music & it was all
about James Brown, Steely Dan, Ray Charles, funk & jazz. After moving to
Miami I played in various bar bands around town, becoming conscious of
the musical melting pot that is South Florida. Other interests include a
passion for electronics: restoring vintage synthesizers and modding guitar
I am delighted to currently be a part of the MNG family. They are truly
a bunch of nice guys & I couldn’t be more excited about the musical
possibilities! I hope to continue working with them for many years to come.
Peace, Love & Rock n Roll (...and BACON!!!)

Dave Webster


Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, January 2, 1955 (for the record, it was 52 below zero, not the best day to come out of the womb).  Being an Air Force Brat, I lived all over the country during my youth.  Started playing guitar at age 11, but then caught the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.  When I saw Ringo shake his head and make hundreds of girls scream, I thought  "I gotta learn how to play drums". 

At age 15 started playing nightclubs (illegally).  Somehow survived disco in the 70's, then moved north to play and record with local groups in Pittsburgh and Long Island. Came back to Florida in the 80's, and played in a few local hair bands (with less hair) and Oliver Twist with Jim Oliver.  Stopped playing for a few years until a call came from Brooks Reid and Tom Hall who were looking for a drummer for The Backbeats (this is all their fault, I was happily retired). 

Started MNG in 2002 with Tom Hall, and here we are. Hope to keep playing and entertaining people as long as the extremities are working. 

Alex Lencina


A California native who actually started his musical career as a drummer in a little town called Placerville. 

After a successfully taking part in various well known bands in northern California and realizing that breaking down a drum set can really suck (yea no kidding-Dave), he decided to take on singing and did so during his travels to South America where he recorded with two record labels and rocked with some of South America’s Best.

His vocal influences include Wilson Picket, Jimmy Hendrix, James Brown, Cory Glover, TT Darby, pretty much anything that grooves and or rocks.  He has shared the stage with the likes of BB King and Jeff Healey. 

On his return to the US he decided to settle down and explore other avenues in the music and radio industry.  In other words, he stopped singing (bad idea).  Several years passed until he was recently introduced to MNG by a co-worker (you know who you are).  The rest as they say, is history.  Alex certainly brings his own unique style to MNG.  

Jeffrey James Harris


Born on Memorial Day in 1971, this Chicago area native has been singing for as long as he can
remember. Jeffrey started playing guitar at age 7 when his uncle gave him a guitar and taught him to
play Wipeout and House of the Rising Sun. He sang in his grade school choir and started playing in
Chicago area clubs and bars at 14 years old.
Jeffrey moved to Florida in 1989 to join forces with Tampa based Champagne Theatre. He went on
tour and shared the stage with many of the “hair bands” of that era. Taking some time off after all that
craziness and debauchery, he moved to South Florida and co-founded the band MASK with a friend
who had a morning talk show on a local alternative rock station. Over the next few years they shared
stages with most of the alternative rock bands of that time. After another break from the biz and a
couple years of making babies, he joined The Brass Evolution (Then, Hot Brass Monkey) to sing some
of the horn band songs that he loved growing up. A true rocker at heart, he then started The Jeffrey
James Gang to play and sing those bluesy, southern rock songs that he also loved.
Already a fan of MNG, Jeffrey offered to fill in whenever Alex or Maria couldn't be there. The
camaraderie, mutual appreciation, and seamless blend of musical styles was immediate which naturally
led to a permanent place in the band.
And awaaaay we go!



Martin is the behind the scenes 8th member of the band.  He helps us move and setup the gear, makes sure everything is plugged in, locates Magoo and reminds me to shut my monitor down at the end of the night.  This is a volunteer effort by him, he just likes helping out the band.  I can tell you this, everybody in the group is getting real spoiled with him around, and the times he's not there makes us really appreciate his help (we got lots of heavy stuff).  So next time you see him, be sure to shout out MARTIN!!