BILLY JOEL Tribute
Featuring Mike Santoro
Fred Updegraft is an astonishingly gifted bassist and the newest member of The Stranger, but his natural talent far exceed what you would expect from someone as young as he is. A true "multi-instrumentalist", he also excels in lead guitar, and is a sought after composer, engineer and producer. Raised by a family of musicians, Fred started on piano at age five and was classically trained until the end of high school. He studied trombone in concert bands, jazz bands, and marching band during his grade school years. At age 13, Fred took an interest in learning drums and studied with Al Sergel, and then for 3 years with THE STRANGER’s very own Daniel Rodriguez Jr, with whom he now shares the same stage. Fred resides right here in Charlotte, NC with his wife and family. We're very excited to welcome him to the band, and happy that the music of Billy Joel and the bass guitar sounds of Doug "The Sargent" Stegmeyer is now a big part of his already vast musical career!