About The Band

The name of this band is On The One. The essence of its sound, a festive stew of joyful noise served up on a savory bed of simmering groove, lies in the way the ingredients come together — in the way bassist Jono Allen’s syncopated swing and El-Lay’s contrapuntal keyboard conjurations coalesce around emcee Nick Classic’s deft dissemination of higher mathematics. It’s also in the indispensable contributions of two Berklee-bred virtuosos who round out this quintet: Robert Ax, a sublime vocalist and a guitarist whose instrument is truly an extension of his soul; and drummer Bill Shields, a lockstep timesmith gifted with a jazzman’s abstract pulse.

The members of this ensemble first came together in the summer of 2015 by way of the then-biweekly jam sessions organized by the MightyHIP organization in Silver Spring, Maryland. The players then followed MightyHIP’s events through several incarnations of venue and frequency before it established a long-term residency at Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant under the banner of MightyMondays. On The One still appears there frequently on Monday nights, along with an ever-expanding collective of bands, musicians, singers, poets, photographers and other independent artists, all of them staking out positions across a broad spectrum of creative expression.

OTO brings the party whenever they take the stage, generating a fervent call that is only awaiting a response from that final, most critical element in the musical equation — you, the listener. Come check ’em out at a venue near you, and hear for yourself: On The One is on the Rise!

On The One Music



Our Set List Includes:

Bruno Mars – 24 Carrot Magic
Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
Prince – She’s Always In My Hair
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
On The One – All I Wanna Do
OutKast – Hey Ya!
Michael Jackson – Shake Your Body Down
Chuck Brown – Bustin’ Loose
Bill Withers – Use Me
Blackstreet – No Diggity
On The One – Up All Night
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
Prince – Kiss

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