WHO WE ARE

Top Shelf is a group of very experienced musicians whose definition of FUN is providing a top-notch music performance while engaging with our audience and each other.  We're brought together by a love of high-quality musicianship, and a personal commitment to making your event memorable.  WE have fun when YOU have fun...it's that simple.  

And, our approach is professional from the time we book a date until we're packing up after a fun night and solid performance that your audience will remember! 

OUR MUSIC

We'll play a variety of Country, Rock and Pop hits to fit what you're looking for from the 1990's to today, along with some older classics that everybody loves.  You know...the ones that make people jump out of their seats and onto the dance floor or spur our crowed to spontaneously ‘raise a glass’ to some great memories!   Our goal is to go beyond just playing 'for' our audience by getting you up on the dance floor – and better yet, singing along!   

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OUR BACKGROUND

Our members have years of professional experience performing for weddings, indoor/outdoor music  venues that value good live music, corporate events, and private parties.  We come from diverse walks of life, including some who've performed and taught music for living, and others with careers outside of music, but who have been performing professionally in their free time.

Alissa Peanasky, Lead Vocalist

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Alissa began singing as soon as she could talk and never stopped. She was trained classically for 10 years and now loves singing a variety of genres including classic rock, pop, and country. Her music career has included performing with cover bands and A Cappella groups at amusement parks, corporate parties, weddings, and more. Alissa has performed around the globe and opened for groups such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Home Free. She is thrilled to be a part of Top Shelf and can't wait to see you at their next show!

A Milwaukee native, Bridget has worked with numerous arts organizations as both a performer and administrator. 

She studied Vocal Performance at Columbia College Chicago from 2014-2015, finishing her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau with a minor in Business and a Certificate in Fine Arts Administration. During her time at Eau Claire she performed in various settings including multiple musicals and operas.

 

Cushman also sang as lead vocalist for a number of events within the Eau Claire area and has performed with University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire Jazz I ensemble -- voted America’s #1 college band. She has also performed multiple years in the nationally known Eau Claire’s Jazz Festival -- one of which with Uncommon Denominator, voted Chippewa Valley’s best cover band. Behind the scenes, Cushman has worked as choreographer for numerous shows and show choir showcases.

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Bridget Cushman, Lead Vocalist

John Hanson, Drummer & Band Leader

John has been hitting things (of the stick and drum variety) for over 35 years.  He has been performing in and leading a variety of groups in the Minneapolis, Chicago and Denver areas since 1984, ranging from country and rock bands to musical theater and classical groups.  He also a lot of experience on the business side of things, so you can be assured of a professional approach from the time you book us until we're done performing the last song for your event!

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Terry Kovacevich, Bass Guitar

Terry began his music career in So. Cal. and performed extensively in San Diego and L.A. for 20 years. After moving south he worked with several popular Gulf Coast rock and variety acts. Terry is excited to be performing with this talented group of professionals and having the continued opportunity to entertain music fans of all ages!

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Rob McNabb, Lead Guitar

Rob's versatility on guitar means he's as comfortable playing pop, rock and country as he is performing in jazz groups or the pit orchestra for musical theater groups.  Since getting an undergraduate degree in guitar performance, he has been entertaining crowds of all varieties ever since.  Most of all, he simply loves to play...and audiences love his infectious smile & sense of humor!

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Charles Huntley, Keyboard, Vocals & Guitar

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Charles started playing piano at age 11, and picked up drums a few years later.  Playing music has been a part his life ever since.  Garage bands, church bands and even some songwriting were scattered throughout his early years.  Following a stint with a christian country band (included two great studio albums),  he join several Twin Cities cover bands later in life, hammering out key parts for classic rock, blues and country tunes for the last 15 years.   Joining this outstanding group is a great next step in his musical evolution.