The Maxx - 6 member band that has performed at more than three thousand events

TheMaxxBand

For more than 20 years The Maxx has been spreading the spirit and energy of its music all over the world. Since it's founding in the early 1980's at Atlanta's Therrell High School and Northside School For The Performing Arts the band has performed at more than three thousand events, for more than one million people on four continents. Today, founding members Rod Whittaker (bass/keyboards/vocals), Leroy "Roc" Lovelace (sax/vocals), Steven Rollins (guitar/vocals) and former active member now manager Tony Cooper are joined by more recent arrivals, Rainy Middleton (vocals), Darnell Springer (trumpet/keyboards/vocals) and Jimmy Calhoun (drummer) on a mission to carry they're innovative and authentic live performances to an even wider audience.

The band spent its first two years playing nightclubs, high school dances, college parties, amusement parks and concerts in and around Atlanta but quickly expanded their horizons up the East Coast and into Canada while it's members where still in high school. They made weekend trips to surrounding states, toured more extensively during the summer and appeared in concert with Kool & The Gang, The Commodores, Chubby Checker, Archie Bell & The Drells, Cheap Trick and James Brown. This early experience set the foundation for excellence that has been the band's calling card throughout its career.

In 1983 after most of the members had finished high school and were now in college at Georgia State University, the band started to narrow it's focus to the college market. For the next seven years they played at hundreds of colleges and college clubs in the Southeast, Midwest, South Central and Northeastern United States and were nominated for Campus Entertainer of the year four years in a row by the National Association for Campus Activities. During this time the band purchased a small studio and started writing, recording and performing their own music. As their original music became more and more popular with their live audience, record companies also began to take note. The band was courted by some of the biggest companies in the industry, but as the R&B side of the music industry went away from bands and more towards rap acts and solo artists the group decided to go in another direction and in 1990 another important chapter in the band's life began.

That year the band returned from a summer tour of Japan with a new direction. After spending the first ten years of their career playing almost exclusively to college audiences the band was ready for a new challenge and in the Winter of 1991 they began a journey that has take them to a new and ever expanding audience.

They've performed for: The United Way Children's Miracle Network American Heart Association American Cancer Society American Diabetes Association American Red Cross Washington Wizards - NBA Hendrick Motor Sports - NASCAR NFL Players Association Carolina Hurricanes - NHL Family Circle Cup - USTA United States Tennis Association Atlanta Steeple Chase Carolina Panthers - NFL New Orleans Hornets - NFL Atlanta Hawks - NBA Kraft Foods Delta Airlines General Electric Microsoft Coca Cola Company Pepsi Glaxo Smith Kline - London US Chamber Of Commerce Bayside - Tokyo, Japan Premier Cruise Lines Countless country clubs, Fairs, Festivals, Conventions, Casinos, Amusement Parks, Resorts, and Weddings.

Genres
  • Urban, Funk, Rap, & Hip Hop
  • R&B, Motown, Oldies, & Beach

Suggested Events
  • Weddings
  • Private Parties
  • Corporate Events
  • College Events

The Maxx

Fabulous Job!

I loved them!!! They did a fabulous job and I would book them again.
Michelle Martin
Director of Meetings and Events
Georgia Food Industry Association

The Maxx Song List

Motown, Oldies, and Beach
Aretha Franklin - Freeway Of Love
Chairman Of The Board - Carolina Girls
Chairman Of The Board - Give Me Just A Little More Time
Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode
Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out
Donny Hathaway - A Song For You
Fats Domino - Ain't That A Shame
Four Tops - Can't Help Myself
Four Tops - Same Old Song
Frankie Valli - Too Good To Be True
Jackie Wilson - Higher & Higher
Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville
Joey Dee & The Starliters - Peppermint Twist
Little Richard - Tutti Frutti
Martha & The Vandellas - Heatwave
Nat King Cole - Christmas Song
Nat King Cole - Love Is Here To Stay
Nat King Cole - Unforgettable
Otis Redding - Dock Of The Bay
Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman
S.O.S. Band - Take Your Time (Do It Right)
Sam And Dave - Soul Man
Spiral Staircase - More Today Than Yesterday
Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg
Temptations - Just My Imagination
Temptations - My Girl
The Drifters - Under The Boardwalk
The Drifters - You're More Than A Number (In My Little Red Book)
The Embers - I Love Beach Music
The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup
The Platters - Only You
The Platters - That Magic Touch
The Platters - With This Ring
The Spinners - Cupid
The Spinners - I'll Be Around
Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally

Standards, Swing, and Jazz
Andy Williams - Moon River
Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings
Buster Poindexter - Hot Hot Hot
Dave Brubeck - Girl From Ipanema
Dave Brubeck - Take Five
Dionne Warwick - Walk On By
Duke Ellington - Satin Doll
Duke Ellington - Take The A Train
Ella Fitzgerald - Misty
Etta James - At Last
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon
Harry Connick, Jr. - It Had To Be You
Henry Mancini - Peter Gunn
Louie Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
Natalie Cole - Don't Get Around Much
Natalie Cole - L.O.V.E.
Natalie Cole - Route 66

Country and Bluegrass
Allison Kraus - When You Say Nothing At All
R&B, Funk, and Disco
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Barry White - Can't Get Enough
Bee Gees - Jive Talkin'
Bee Gees - Night Fever
Bee Gees - Staying Alive
Chaka Kahn - I'm Every Woman
Chic - Good Times
Donna Summer - Bad Girls
Donna Summer - Last Dance
Fontella Bass - Rescue Me
Four Seasons - Oh What A Night (December 1963)
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Midnight Train To Georgia
Gloria Gayner - I Will Survive
James Brown - I Feel Good
James Brown - Sex Machine
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes
KC & The Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight
KC & The Sunshine Band - Shake You Booty
KC & The Sunshine Band - That's The Way I Like It
Kool & The Gang - Celebration
Kool & The Gang - Funky Stuff
Kool & The Gang - Hollywood Swinging
Kool & The Gang - Jungle Boogie
Kool & The Gang - Ladies Night
Labelle - Lady Marmalade
Martha & The Vandellas - Dancin' In The Streets
Marvin Gaye - Grapevine
Marvin Gaye - Lets Get It On
Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
Mcfadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin Us Now
Ohio Players - Fire
Otis Day And The Knights - Shama Lama Ding Dong
Otis Day And The Knights - Shout
Rick James - Super Freak
Stevie Wonder - Sunshine Of My Life
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Taste Of Honey - Boogie Oogie Oogie
The Commodores - Brick House
The Commodores - Easy
The Trammps - Disco Inferno
The Trammps - Hold Back The Night
The Tymes - Ms. Grace
Whispers - Rock Steady
Whitney Houston - Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)

Classic Rock
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl

Ethnic
Traditional - Hava Nagila
Contemporary and Dance
Beyonce - Crazy In Love
Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get It Started
Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love
Black Street - No Diggity
Chingy - Right Thur
Cierra - My Goodies
Dr. Dre / Toupac - California Dreaming
Earth Wind & Fire - Lets Groove
Earth Wind & Fire - September
Earth Wind & Fire - Shining Star
Fat Joe & Terror Squad - Lean Back
George Michael - Careless Whisper
In Da Club - 50 Cent
Ja Rule Feat. Ashanti - Always On Time
Jay Z - Give It To Me
Jennifer Lopez - Let's Get Loud
Jennifer Lopez - Love Don't Cost A Thing
Juvenile - Slow Motion
Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away
Little Eva - The Locomotion
Lou Bega - Mambo #5
Madonna - Music
Marsha Griffin - Electric Slide
Mary J Blidge - Family Affair
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Nelly - Hot In Here
Nelly - Ride Wit' Me (Must Be The Money)
No Doubt - Hellagood
Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems
Outkast - Hey Ya
Outkast - The Way You Move
Prince - 1999
Pussycat Dolls - Don't Cha
Santana - Smooth
Shaggy - Angel
Shaggy - It Wasn't Me
Trick Daddy - Take It To The House
Van Mccoy - The Hustle

Reggae
Bob Marley - Is This Love
Ub40 - Can't Help Fallin In Love