Taxi Driver is a popular variety band from Omaha, formed in 1991 and fronted by two female singers. We are a 6-piece regional cover band performing more than 80 shows a year in a large variety of venues. From bars, to weddings, corporate parties, and street dances, we provide a fun show and span every decade of music from the 50's to today. Taxi Driver is proud to have one of the largest varieties of songs including Oldies, Motown, Classic & Modern Rock, Country (new & old), Pop, Dance & Current Hits. Our members include Al Irions, manager & keyboard player; Michelle Irions, manager & lead singer; Sarah Girres, lead singer; Miles Loretta, drummer, vocals; Mike Turner, guitar, vocals; Glen Smith, bass player, vocals. All members of Taxi Driver are accomplished, professional musicians with long-standing records of experience (live and studio) to their credit.
The band has changed much over the years. Our journey started as a jam band, playing blues and artists such as Santana, the Allman Brothers & Phish. In 1998, the band morphed into a female-fronted band with an interactive stage presence, and strong, solid harmonies. Taxi Driver was the very first band in Omaha to claim three, and even five female vocalists! We have now settled back into the way we began when we added the girls...with two; Sarah and Michelle. We play everything live....no tracks! We do not use pre-determined song lists during our shows. Each show is customized to the audience and age group that is there with little to no time between songs, keeping YOU on the dance floor!
TD has covered the bar circuit in Omaha/Council Bluffs. Over the last 10 years, we have taken our show all across Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri where we've been privileged to meet the awesome folks of the Midwest!
We specialize in professional events such as corporate parties, holiday parties, weddings, street dances, and special events. We have also opened for national acts such as Tim McGraw, Sawyer Brown, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Monkees and BTO, to name a few.
Taxi Driver was nominated for three Omaha Entertainment Awards in the category of "Best Cover Band" in 2008, 2009, and 2013.
Taxi Driver is a great band for weddings, private parties, holiday & corporate parties, special events, and more! For large shows, we work with our good friends John, Kevin & James with Blue Dog Entertainment to provide a light show second ONLY to national acts. We also partner with a couple more good friends, Mary & Dale from Vision Creations, for high-quality professional photos at YOUR event! Click 'Contact Us' for more info!
Events & Festival include, but not limited to:
The Century Link Center, Holland Performing Arts Center, Westfair, Taste of Omaha, Summer Arts Festival, The Brownville Concert Series, Red Cloud Opera House, Omaha & Duncan Ribfest, Milligan June Jubilee, Logan Fire & Rescue Street Dance, Papillion Days, Dodge Daze, Clarinda Annual Street Dance, Light the Night for LLS, The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Panama Picnic, Dunlap 4-County Fair, Riverfest, Earth Day, LaVista Days, Gretna Days, Anchor Inn Annual Memorial and Labor Day Bash, The Wayne Chicken Show, Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, Village Pointe & Shadow Lake Concert Series', Harrah's, Ameristar, and Horseshoe Casinos.
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Michelle Irions - Manager, Lead Vocals joined TD in 1996. Wife of Al. Music junkie and juggler.
Sarah Girres - Lead Vocals Joined the band in 1998. Loves to perform more than life itself, has a beautiful family she loves even more than the band, and is usually the reason for any 'sound issues' we may have! Just sayin!
Al Irions - Manager, Keys, runs sound from stage, and drives the truck! Co-Founded Taxi Driver with Michael Pujado in 1991 Al is our fearless leader (even though he doesn't know what he's leading sometimes!).
Mike Turner - Guitar/Vocals Joined TD 2012. Mike is a talented player and a human jukebox like Al. We've been known to burn the midnight oil playing music, even when we're supposed to be "off work". Also awesome; Mike’s son Ian, plays roadie, photographer, and light guy from time to time.
Miles Loretta - Drums, Vocals Joined TD – 2008. Miles is the nutball of the band and the one to usually get the girls screwed up about something! He is also our teckie geek and boasts an endless supply of t-shirts! Before settling down in Omaha with his wife and daughter, Miles toured all over the country with national acts.
Glen Smith - Bass, Vocals joined TD in 2014. Glen is a recording and touring member of the Grammy-winning Mannheim Steamroller. Glen is also an instructor for our friends at Dietze Music, teaching guitar, bass, mandolin, and banjo! Check out his bio here:http://www.dietzemusic.com/lessons
We'd like to give some love out to the rest of the original, founding members of Taxi Driver who are still our good friends, and still rockin' the Midwest! To: Michael Pujado, percussion, Cory Kountze - guitar, Frank Prince - guitar, Brian Hayes - lead vocals, Olen Briggs - drums, and Clark Chancellor - bass....here's to great times!