The SHADES are a classic rock and pop music band that
play in and around the Tri-Cities WA.  The SHADES offer
popular live music performances that are enjoyed by
many age groups.

Bobby Nelsen - Band Leader and Founder of The
SHADES, Bobby is an awesome lead guitarist and has
been playing music professionally even before his teen
years. He is also a seasoned singer.  He played in various
full time west coast  road bands including: Dillinger,
Spread Eagle and Dancer before forming "The SHADES"
in Seattle in 1982. Email Bobby at:

Billy Hitt - is an excellent singer  and accomplished
drummer.  Billy provides the energy and "drive" that
enables The SHADES to rock solid! Billy has been with "The
Cavaliers" of the hit record "Last Kiss." He was also a
member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for many
years and joined The SHADES in 1995. Email Billy at:

KC Rosencrans- The SHADES welcome our newest
member, 23 year old lead singer KC! Born and raised in
Pasco, KC has been singing since she was a kid, and
most recently played with the StrataCats around the
Tri-City area.  She has a very soulful voice, and lives to be
on stage. We're excited to have her as a part of our
group, and can't wait to take her around the NW with us!
Email KC at:

History of The SHADES

The SHADES were formed in 1982 in Seattle WA by lead
guitarist Bobby Nelsen.  Original members included singer
Mark Levick from "The Machine,"  guitarist Glen Eagleson
from "No Cheese Please,"   bassist Dan Zoch from "Baby
Knockers,"  and drummer Mike Painter from "Night

The SHADES signed with  the WSA and FarWest booking
agencies,  primarily playing road dates throughout
Washington, Oregon Idaho, Montana and Alaska.  The
SHADES also played dates with artists such as TKO,
Doucette, The Charlie Bird Trio, Elvin Bishop, and Boy Toy.  
In the early years  you may have seen them at AK's and
Dominiks while they  traveled through the Tri-Cities
between 1980-1990.

In 1994, Bobby Nelsen relocated to the Tri-Cities and
joined the local band "Steel Wheels"  with Ronny
Stephens before reforming The SHADES in 1995.  The
SHADES perform  popular rock and pop music from the
50's through  today for regional clubs, taverns, company
parties ,wedding receptions and special events.  Many
of the band members write and have recorded original
songs individually but The SHADES mainly play cover
tunes to keep the music familiar for their audience.