Robert Sherber is known throughout the South Florida music scene and beyond as phenomenal musician. Kevin describes Rob as, "Rock solid! He establishes a perfect pocket and has impressive solo skills on top of that!" Dale agrees, stating, "We are very fortunate to have such an exceptional musician anchoring the band."
Rob is a native Floridian who attended Dillard School of the Arts and played in the school’s prestigious commercial music ensemble alongside blues prodigy Josh Smith. In 2005, Rob became the bassist for legendary TK recording artist Clarence Reid aka Blowfly, contributing to the album "Blowfly’s Punk Rock Party," appearing in the film “The Weird World of Blowfly” and touring with the group until 2010.
After touring, Rob returned to South Florida to earn a Bachelor's of Arts in music and is currently pursuing a Masters degree, both at Florida International University. In addition to his role with SPANK the band, Rob can also be seen performing funk-rock originals with Camel Toe, a Miami-based guitar, bass, drum trio and with Joel Da Silva a nationally touring blues band.
Daughter to talented pianist Eldad Kira and music-aficionado Simone Bartolo, Ariel Bartolo-Kira has been immersed in music her entire life. Born in Fort Lauderdale, FL, she began guest-singing for local bands at the age of 12 and started musical-theater with a performance of Oliver in the 3rd grade. From there, Ariel captivated audiences throughout elementary and high-school playing Rizzo in 3 different productions of Grease, Gigi in Miss Saigon, and numerous other musical-theater productions and talent shows.
At 17 Ariel joined her first cover band, Roses Are Red and has performed with a variety of Florida based groups such as Soulflower, Serendipitous, Tone Rivers, and Pranava, an original Kirtan band singing mantra; tribute bands including Iconic Women of Rock and True Rumors (Fleetwood Mac); and has sat-in with countless other ensembles including Mr. Nice Guy.
In addition to Spank the band, Ariel continuously crafts music that reflects her spiritual essence and has performed original music at festivals including Project Earth and Shangri-La. Ariel is also pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Florida Atlantic University and teaches yoga and cycling at local health and fitness venues. “A vision of mine revolves around the integration of my worlds: academia - the intellect, aerobics - the body, and music - the spirit, into a therapeutically healing practice," Ariel says, "in which I offer my whole, unified Self in sacred service.”
Ariel adds levity and a sprightly twist to the seasoned crew of musicians and the entire band agrees that they are lucky to have her jaw-dropping talent. According to Dale, “Ariel brings an incredible energy and chemistry to Spank's shows, and that dynamic is magnified to the audience a thousand fold. It is a blast to share the stage with her!” Kevin ironically describes the nature-enthusiast as “A freak of nature” Adding, “She is incapable of anything less than perfection.”
James Drury, known as Jimmie D., and Dale Reed performed together with Charlie Sullivan as part of Jimmie and Charlie's project Perpetual Change. Sharing a love of big band Jazz, Jimmie and Dale quickly became friends and often could be found discussing music theory and the philosophy (and dying art) of the big band.
After attending numerous SPANK performances as an audience member, Jimmie was eager to play with the band and brought his saxophone to a gig. He impressed the audience and band alike, and now occasionally performs with Spank on special events.
“Jimmie is a highly talented, classical musician who has a great voice, particularly for Southern Rock,” said Reed. “It is very rare that a rock and roll band can present an incredible horn player as part of their show, and we get that treat with Jimmie D.”
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"Doolittle is a master of his instrument,” said Dale when asked about his band-mate, “a true phenomenon on the guitar. Some nights I just want to jump off the stage, join the audience and watch him in action."
Kevin Doolittle is a native South Floridian who grew up in the keys and later relocated to Miami. Although he was raised the son of a commercial fisherman, his friends and family always said he was born to play the guitar, a true “ace of the axe”.
Kevin has been dazzling the local music scene for decades and has been in bands including Alias, The Garage Band, Doolittle and Fool's Errand. While his soul is driven by rock and roll, his background includes an extensive repertoire of blues, R&B and jazz in addition to the power chords that most frequently emanate from his rack.
During the day, he keeps the peace in the local court system as a bailiff. His last name is oddly appropriate as for most of his life his "family" has been a veritable menagerie of animals he has adopted.
Dale Reed is originally from Canton, Ohio and claims to have fled the northern cold to attend the University of Miami “because it's too damn cold to play the drums barefoot in Ohio”.
Dale started his musical stylings at the age of five and has shared the stage with performers ranging from Chuck Mangione to Lenny Kravitz.
During the day, he is forced to don shoes and serves as the President of a South Florida real estate development firm. If he isn't drumming or working, you'll likely find him with his family, on his Harley Davidson or whistling for fish in the Everglades.
“We just need to spank the audience until they call us daddy!” That was the solution guitar wielding Kevin Doolittle offered drummer Dale Reed when creating their band and discussing concerns that their ‘look’ was perhaps a few years and a few donuts past a ‘trendy group of hearthrobs'.
Of course, "Spanking” is how Doolittle describes the jaw dropping musical experience the band strives to deliver to audiences each time it performs their unique arrangements of rock favorites. (What did you think he meant by spanking??...Get your mind out of the gutter!)
Dale and Kevin first performed together in the ‘90s when the barefoot drummer (Dale Reed) auditioned and played for Kevin Doolittle's original project called Doolittle. Soon after, they formed a cover band called Fool's Errand which enabled them to apply their masterful skills and unique style to crowd favorites from almost every genre.
They joined forces again in 2013 when the duo reunited to perform in a South Florida event band. Soon after, Dale and Kevin decided to form SPANK the band in order to return to their Rock & Roll roots. Dale recruited bassist Robert Sherber to complete the collective of musicians who deliver a fun, unique, party-rock experience to South Florida audiences. Ariel Bartolo-Kira gleefully rounds out the band with spunk, levity and jaw-dropping vocals (seriously...she is outstanding!!!).