South Williamsport musician Lou Mauro performs as one-man band Kick Trax
South Williamsport musician Lou Mauro has been playing drums for over 44 years, honing his craft, and giving audiences great music and great times. In more recent years, Mauro has been performing as his one-man band Kick Trax, a classic rock and pop single entertainment act playing primarily cover tunes for everyone from college students to baby boomers.
Entertaining in North Central PA for many years, Mauro is a singing drummer who is accompanied by MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) sequences and virtual instruments backed up with his harmony vocals.
Kick Trax performs many classic rock and pop cover tunes, featuring live singing and drumming, during multi-hour gigs. With two acoustic stage setups designed to fit any venue, Kick Trax can play clubs, bars, restaurants, weddings, corporate events, and private parties.
Originally from Philadelphia, Mauro moved to Williamsport with his parents when he was quite young. At 8 years old, he started taking drum lessons at D.S. Andrews Music Store on 4th St. in Williamsport.
Over the years, Mauro has paid his dues by playing in several area bands, with varying degrees of success. At age 14, he joined his first working band, T.C. and the VIP’s, and played with Tony Caschera, Brother Joe and Pete Codispoti every weekend.
They then formed a band called Ozz with Brother Joe, Joe’s girlfriend, Vicki, Codispoti, and Ed Fry. After Ozz came the original Brother’s & Others, with Mauro, Brother Joe, Bill Eck and Kimbo Reichley.
After spending almost a year in California pursuing his music career, Mauro move back to Pennsylvania and joined the band Magique, which also included Eck, Mike Caschera, and Barry Hirsch. The band was incredibly talented but hard to hold together, as Mauro at the time was busy doing session work and jingles.
Finally, Mauro and his friends organized the revised Brothers & Others Band, with himself, Brother Joe, Codispoti, Bert Smeal and Jimmy DiPaolo. He has been playing with them for the past 30 years.
Mauro grew up listening to artists like Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin and Billy Joel. He has always wanted to sing and play music that he truly loved, thus the inspiration for Kick Trax. Mauro said he has had a lot of fun putting his show together and is quite pleased with the results.
“I was hoping folks would enjoy it as much as me,” he said. “I sing lead vocal and all the harmony, arrange and assign voices to the MIDI tracks. And I play drums, so I thought ‘Kick Trax.'”
Singing while playing drums and a little keyboard, Mauro has had some of his best experiences performing in the local venues, from clubs and private parties to weddings or special occasions.
“I just love it,” he said. “People come up to me and say, ‘I just love your selection of music!’ Young college kids request Frank Sinatra or Michael Buble. It makes me feel good.”
Mauro’s set list includes a vast array of tunes from artists such as Billy Joel, Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers, Foreigner, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, Gino Vannelli, Eric Clapton, Sting, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, and the Benny Goodman Orchestra.
Aside from the classic rock and pop tunes, Mauro has three original songs of his own that he typically performs at his shows: “I’m Already There with You,” “Easy Street” and “Fine Ride,” which he wrote along with Bill Eck.
“The rest are cover tunes, ranging from Sinatra to Toto to Smash Mouth,” he said.
Mauro has several upcoming shows booked in the area throughout the spring and summer. He will perform at the Sons of Italy in Lock Haven tomorrow, and has two shows Saturday, one at the American Legion in Hughesville and another at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.
Other venues he is slated to perform at this year include the Millville American Legion, Taylor’s Bar & Grill in Unityville, the South Williamsport Moose, Taphouse at the Genetti, the Wayside Inn, Front Street Station, the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Carnival, and the Pine Barn Inn.
Mauro will be making a very special appearance next month, as he is scheduled to perform on WBRE-TV’s “PA Live,” at 4:00 p.m. May 14.
“My great friend Jon Geise keeps me very busy,” he said. “Not only does he do a fantastic job on the lights and helps with the gear, he also does most of the booking.”
Mauro is looking forward to what the future has in store, as he hopes to release his first CD in mid-late summer and seeks out other opportunities to keep himself even busier.
“I would like to work on projects with local musicians — lots of fun, talented players around,” he said. “I’m very fortunate to be able to do this. I am doing what I love to do.”