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Tony Casa - Lead Vocals, Hand Percussion & Harmonica
Tony Casa started off his live performing career in theater, choir and stand-up comedy. He tinkered around with a few different bands and acts after graduating from Hilliard Davdison, including The Pirates of the Scioto. This is where he met Lynn Roose III and formed a bond and friendship that led to newer prospects. The two branched off to form a new original project which was branded, Zoo Trip. After jamming together for a while Tony started to settle on his own style drawing from influences such as Jack White and even a little James Brown. His sound and stage presence is a mixture of funky, groovy, high-energy and electric as he dominates every nook and cranny of the stage with his full voice and insane presence. He draws from real life experiences for lyrical inspiration and has seen many hardships and triumphs for a man of his years. He brings all of this to the table when performing with Zoo Trippin' and him and his brothers-in-arms leave it all on stage.
Lynn Roose III - Guitar & Vocals
Lynn Edward Roose III came to love music at a very early age. His father, Lynn Jr., instilled musical soundscapes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix and the Allman Brothers while he was still a baby in the crib. His obsession grew when he poured efforts into learning the bass guitar as well as weening some lessons on the six string from his younger brother Sean (who also shared Lynn's passion for music). This love and passion blossomed into professional interest and understanding as Lynn studied two full years of music theory in high school, in which he also happened to share a classroom with rhythm guitarist Drew Dimitrovski. Also being a math lover, music theory and composition came very easily to Lynn and granted him the tool with which to start expressing himself through music. Taking his own understanding, and sprinkling in other influences like Jack White, The Black Keys, and Band of Skulls truly completes the style with which he blends relentless blues with hearty rock today.
Stephen "Charlie" Hatmaker - Drums & Vocals
Steve Hatmaker was born in Flint, Michigan to a family with music in their hearts and souls. Listening to artists from the early days of rock n' roll (40's - 50's) into the eras of classic rock legends (60's - mid 70's) has given his style a unique legato fluidity and groove. His interest in drumming was piqued in 1995 while listening to The Deftone's debut album, Adrenaline. This introduced him to a world of heavy-handed, groovy and driving drum patterns. Since that youthful attraction, Steve could never see himself anywhere else but behind a drum set. He has driven himself to understand the business end of music as well, and has great experience in touring and local bands. Some of his previous projects include; Pimp Hand Strong, Act of Violence, Auntiem and Happily Never After. These heavier, metal-based groups brought him further into the abstract and hard hitting drum scence. This experience added to influences like August Burns Red, The Deftones, Trioscapes, TRAM and Chon fully cemented Steve into his particular style. Since joining this project in the summer of 2014, he has gently stepped back from his megaton drumming days and reached deep into his roots as a groovy, smooth and (sometimes still hard as iron) backbone of Zoo Trippin'.
Alex Kessis - Bass & Vocals
Alex was influenced to play music thanks to his family of talented musicians. Hailing from Upper Arlington, Ohio, he started taking piano lessons at the age of six and cello at the age of nine. While participating in many different music programs he found another love: Rock n roll. When his father introduced him to classic bands like AC/DC, Deep Purple, and The Ramones, he found the catchy grooves and raw sound irresistible. Intrigued by the unique tone of the bass guitar, he picked up a cheap P-Bass knockoff and never looked back. Some of his biggest influences include Flea, Mike Dirnt, and Geddy Lee. After creating a solo project and playing with local groups The Dream Thieves and Personal Public, a special opportunity presented itself to join a one-of-a-kind group. Alex lives to perform and share his music with the world.
Zachary Pontzer - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Zach took to the stage as a young boy in Canton Ohio’s Little Theater Troupe impersonating Elvis Presley among other roles. Trumpet lessons began at age ten and continued through his graduation at Jackson High School: a place where Zach envied high school bands as he was unable to form one of his own. He joined his first band, The First Street Heat, in 2009. The 9-piece group from Athens would solidify his love of performing and define his life in college at Ohio University. They played countless shows including a tour to Florida and a main stage slot at Athens’ infamous Halloween Block Party. FSH disbanded in late 2011 which caused former members Zach, Jack Gould, and Eric Turner to create SassafraZ. This new project allowed it’s members to record at Tree Sound Studios, open for Snarky Puppy, and cut a live album at The Bitter End in Manhattan. Zachary grew up watching musicals with his mother at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron, but his true influences include guitar driven music such as Steve Vai, Black Sabbath, Clutch, funky bands like Tower of Power, Lettuce, Prince, and more unusual groups like Mr. Bungle and Frank Zappa.