About Orange Krush
ORANGE KRUSH IS ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA’S FAVORITE PARTY BAND!
Orange Krush is Western North Carolina's premiere wedding and party band, featuring our region's most sought-after musicians. The band includes female and male vocalists to give us a wide-ranging repertoire, as well as keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums. We offer several ensemble options to suit any type of event, including our core 6-piece ensemble, a 7-piece with saxophone added, or a 9-piece with the addition of a three-piece horn section of saxophone, trumpet, and trombone.
Orange Krush creates a highly-engaging and interactive experience. We pride ourselves on our ability to 'read' our audience and adjust our playlist in order to keep everyone dancing and having fun. From Cocktail Jazz to Dinner Swing, Motown to Disco, 80's to Today, Orange Krush is a versatile, entertaining group of talented professionals. We work closely with every client to assist with planning and development of the perfect timeline for your celebration. Our versatility means we can also provide ceremony music, cocktail hour entertainment, and dinner music, all followed by a fantastic and memorable dance party.
Band members have won grammys, toured the world, and performed with the likes of KISS, Jimmy Page, Allman Brothers, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar and others. Orange Krush has performed at over 500 events in over 150 venues over the last 15 years, entertaining crowds all over Western North Carolina and the southeast at a variety of private events and parties. We use this experience to create a “MIXTAPE” of favorites that will pack the dance floor all night long!
Our band proudly does not discriminate against anyone for any reason. We strongly believe in equality, inclusion, and compassion. We welcome all people with open arms, including our LGBTQ brothers and sisters!
Let us be your personal MIXTAPE for YOUR PARTY!
Carrie Turner- Booking Manager
Carrie Turner is the Booking Manager for Orange Krush and helps all of our clients ensure they have everything they need for an amazing party. She and husband, Brian (keyboardist and bandleader) work together to be sure that every Orange Krush customer gets personalized service, working closely with clients to answer questions, make musical selections, and plan for a great event. As a family-run business we can give all of our clients get immediate attention, making them a part of the extended Orange Krush Family. When you call or email with a question, you aren't reaching a big entertainment agency that books multiple acts - you're reaching Carrie and Brian directly who can help get you the answers and information you need.
Carrie is also the owner of Carrie Turner Photography, photographing weddings and events as well as serving as a freelance photographer and visual storyteller for a wide variety of clients, including private sector commercial clients, non-profits, planning firms, food and beverage companies, educational institutions, and individual private clients. Publications include local, regional, and national magazines and blogs. Working in the wedding industry both as Orange Krush Booking Manager and as a photographer means that Carrie is very familiar with venues and vendors in Western North Carolina, and can help her clients with planning their events by providing recommendations and guidance. You can view her photography work at www.carrieturnerphotography.com.
Brian Turner- Band Manager, Piano/Keyboards
Brian Turner is an internationally-acclaimed pianist, composer, and recording artist who has been thrilling audiences throughout North America for 25 years. Brian’s diverse repertoire has earned him the opportunity to share the stage with a wide array of well-known and accomplished musicians, most-recently with American Idol winner Caleb Johnson.
From churches to arenas, concert halls to festivals, Brian excels musically on any stage. Most recently Brian opened for rock legends Kiss on their Freedom To Rock Tour performing 18 shows to over 100,000 people in arenas across the U.S. and Canada.
Brian started piano lessons at age 9, and by 12 was performing professionally for audiences across Northeast Ohio. Following high school he attended Ohio University, studying with renowned pianist Richard Syracuse and earning degrees in piano performance and pedagogy. He performed with a variety of groups at the collegiate level, from accompanying other classical musicians to joining larger ensembles to forming popular local rock groups headlining clubs and festivals. After graduate school, Brian relocated to Asheville, NC, where he has established a thriving piano studio in West Asheville and performs regularly as a solo musician and as a member and bandleader of Orange Krush, as well as with other local bands and ensembles.
An accomplished composer of solo piano music, Brian’s solo piano album Ascension was recorded at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, and his music was selected for the official iOS New Age Piano app with over one million downloads worldwide. Brian’s compositions have been featured in podcasts, online radio, and film.
As a performer, he has shared the stage with such legendary musicians as Kiss, Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett, Cheap Trick, Jason Bonham, Michael Anthony, Michael Bolton, Clay Aiken, Warren Haynes, Cliff Williams, Artimus Pyle, Bobby McFerrin, Steep Canyon Rangers, Umphrey’s McGee, Gov’t Mule, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Shenandoah, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Bernie Worrell and many others. As a recording artist, Brian has worked with Grammy Award-winning Producer Karl Richardson.
Brian is highly-accomplished in a wide variety of genres, including classical, pop, jazz, church and electronic music. His music is available on iTunes and most major platforms. Visit Brian at his website!
Pamela Jones- Vocals
Pamela Jones is a singer, songwriter and performer. She started at a young age, participating in theater, dance and choral performances. She toured Europe in high School with an a-cappella choir singing classical music in venues such as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and Carnegie Hall in NYC.
She went on to study Musical Theater at The Boston Conservatory, and Acting at Circle in The Square Theater school in NYC. It was in New York that Pamela started writing original music. She studied guitar and wrote folk songs that were performed all over the New York and Connecticut area. She then began to branch out, singing back-up vocals for various musicians and writing/performing songs in televison and comedy shows. She sang spots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Amy Pohlers web series Smart Girls at The Party.
In 2010, Pamela released her first solo record Brightest Minds. The album is a blend indie pop and folk songs and can be streamed for free at www.pamelajones.bandcamp.com. After the release, Pamela moved to Asheville, NC for a change of pace, and the ability to focus more on music. Since living in Asheville, She has been collaborating with other local artists performing in various jazz bands, singing at weddings, and working on new original music!
Ryan Barber- Vocals
Ryan "RnB" Barber is a proud staple of Asheville NC's legendary music scene, at the forefront of its funk and R&B community. Drawing from a lifetime of singing, rapping, producing and touring across the nation, Ryan has released 7 full length studio albums. He has also been featured on many high profile projects, including producing on two of R&B stalwart W. Ellington Felton's recent albums, and also singing and rapping on the 2017 GRAMMY winning album "Infinity Plus One" by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, just one of the groups he actively tours with.
Born to a musical family and steeped in gospel and R&B from his first heartbeat, Ryan started his musical education in the church choir at the age of nine, and continued adding to a deepening knowledge of rhythm and percussion by joining the school marching band at sixteen. But it was love for hip hop, funk, new jack swing and especially R&B that beat in his chest, so he quickly began applying all he'd learned to producing his own tracks, inspired by DJ Quik, J Dilla, A Tribe Called Quest, Gerald Levert and Teddy Riley. Mixing a classic beat production feel with soulful Southern singing and a fearless falsetto, Ryan solidified his musical identity as a recording artist as well as a highly sought after performer and collaborator.
Already known throughout the SouthEast as a standout voice, charismatic bandleader, and musical workhorse, Ryan "RnB" Barber has begun spreading his soaring funkiness across the nation, recently rocking sets at Chicago's Lollapalooza Festival and performing live on SiriusXM in Washington, DC, delivering uplifting messages with a timeless soul that sounds like both yesterday and tomorrow.
DUANe simpson- guitar
Duane Simpson, a West Virginia native, picked up the guitar at 8 years old. Playing in bands throughout childhood, Duane grew up playing to crowds and knew he had found his passion. He followed that passion to West Virginia University studying Musical Performance. After college, and one visit to Asheville, NC, Duane discovered a music community he wanted to be a part of to begin to further build his career.
Influenced by Steely Dan, The Allman Brothers, BB King, Robben Ford and Wayne Krantz, to mention a few, Duane has curated a clean sound and tone that suits several different genres. During his tenure, he has had the honor to play in bands such as The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, The King Zeros, Peggy Ratusz and Daddy Longlegs, Jim Arrendale and the Cheap Suits, Kat Williams, and The Inkwell. He has also had the opportunity to share the stage with some of his heroes such as Victor Wooten, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, and Jeff Sipe.
Duane is accomplished in a wide variety of genres, including R&B, pop, jazz, gospel and Blues. You can hear him most weekends around Asheville playing with some of his current projects such as Purple, Oil and Water, and The Cheap Suits or as a sideman with various other artists.
Benjamin Bjorlie- Bass
Ben Bjorlie, a native North Carolinian, grew up in a musical family where his parents played in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, his mother a cellist and his father a bassist. He started on clarinet in 5th grade. By the time he was in high school he had earned his place in the National Honors Band as well as All-State and District bands.
At 13 years old Ben picked up his Dad’s bass and was playing along to records by artists like Stanley Clark and Marcus Miller. In high school Ben was invited to play in the marching band drum line where he developed his love for drumming, which eventually equalled his love of bass.
Ben went to Appalachian State University where he received his undergraduate music degree in percussion where he participated in Jazz ensembles, orchestras, and musical theater productions. While at ASU, Ben continued studying bass with Charlotte area bassist Ron Brendle.
Since moving to the Asheville area in 1998, Ben has been playing as a freelance bassist and drummer with a variety of groups including the Asheville Horns, Bayou Diesel, Nuevo Montuno Salsa Orchestra, David Zoll trio, Asheville Jazz Orchestra, and more. He can currently be seen as a house bassist (10 years) at the Tuesday night funk jam at the Asheville Music Hall, as well as the house drummer (7 years) for Thursday night’s jazz jam at Barleys.
Nick Hope- drums
Nicholas Hope was born in High Point, NC. While in high school he received a scholarship to the Greensboro Music Academy and was the firs recipient of the John Coltrane scholarship to study music at Appalachian State. After graduating college, Nick focused on performing professionally and touring internationally for five years. He now lives in Asheville and is a member of bands Empire Strikes Brass, Orange Krush, The Horse You Rode In On, Boogi Therapi, Below The Bassline, Josh Phillips Feel Good, Emerald Empire and Public Werks.
JASON MOORE- Saxophone
Jason James Moore is an American saxophonist, composer and educator. He performs and records with Grammy Nominated soul/r&b group, King Garbage as well as his own projects MPH, expansion.control, and Mutual Feels. Jason began playing saxophone at age eleven and has been studying since.
He went on to graduate from Louisiana State University where he studied classical saxophone with Dr. Griffin Campbell, and later the University of New Orleans where he studied Jazz with Ed Petersen, Brian Seeger and Victor Atkins III. Following his graduate studies, Jason moved to the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC where he now resides.
In 2018, Jason launched an online saxophone education platform and published the first of a series books with his mentor, Matt Otto.
Walton Davis- Trombone
The sound of Walton’s trombone swings through the region with Orange Krush, the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, Russ Wilson’s Nouveau Passe Orchestra, Frank Southecorvo, the Rich Willey Band, the Asheville Gentlemen, and the Wardens. Walton’s education in jazz, blues and rhythm and blues began in Asheville as a child in the home of a music-loving family. He received instruction from his sax-playing father and piano-playing grandmother. His schooling continued at Mars Hill College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then advanced to the streets of the Charlottesville, Virginia area as a member of the Batesville Blues Band. Since returning to Asheville, in addition to the groups listed above, he has appeared and recorded as a member of the Incontinentals, the Magdaddies, the Djazz Band, Amy Rae and Vitamin Love, and Daniel Barber’s Current Invention.
Woody Dotson- Trumpet
Woody Dotson was raised in Central Florida in a passionately musical family, where everyone both sang and played musical instruments. Inspired by famous trumpet players such as Doc Severinsen, Clark Terry, Maurice Andre, and Rafael Mendez, Woody quickly became a serious student of the trumpet. Beginning at the age of nine, Woody studied under the inspiration and instruction of his father, Jerry Dotson, a successful instrumental music instructor and impassioned educator (especially jazz) in the Central Florida School system. Early on, Woody was a featured soloist with school bands and community bands in the Brevard County area, winning multiple superior ratings at district and state solo contests.
While attending the University of South Florida, Woody studied with virtuoso trumpet players, Don Owen and Willie Thomas and performed in the Florida Sunshine Pops and the Walt Disney World Studio band (age 19). While at Disney, he also performed on several occasions with the famous Top-of-the-World band backing such stars as Mel Torme and Sammy Davis Jr.
Later, Woody auditioned and was chosen to serve as soloist and First Trumpet player in the prestigious United States Military Academy Band at West Point. During his 20 years at West Point, Woody performed as featured soloist with the famous Jazz Knights as well as the Marching Band at half time shows. While in New York, when not playing for the Army, Woody played in many and varied musical organizations to include symphony orchestras, swing bands, German and Polka Bands, as well as show bands in the city. Some of the highlights of his time in New York were studying with famous trumpet teacher Ray Crisara and playing on stage with such famous names as Benny Goodman, James Williams, Steve Allen, Sonny and Cher, Lou Rawls, and many others in show bands in NY City and the Catskill Mountains.
Woody has lived in Western North Carolina for 11 years, and currently performs in the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, the Brevard Philharmonic, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, the Blue Ridge Symphonic Brass and the Smoky Mountain Brass Band. He has also played for many shows in the area at the Flat Rock Playhouse, the HART Theatre, and the Asheville Community Theatre. Woody thoroughly enjoys performing with his musical family, Orange Krush, celebrating life’s events and joys along with the wonderful people for whom they get to play and serve.
Woody’s love and passion for music is overshadowed only by his love for his wife of 42 years, Becky Dotson, and his three very musically talented sons, Chris, Philip and Adam.