Band Members

Lou Lombardi
lead guitar / lead vocals
Lou Lombardi is a guitarist well versed in most popular styles with over 20 years of live and studio experience. Lou Lombardi started performing on stage at the age of 10, playing drums with his father’s gospel quartet. After years of piano and drum lessons he found his true calling, playing the guitar. Within a year of picking up his first six string, he started playing live shows with garage bands, gospel quartets and acoustic duos. Desiring to hone his chops beyond basic rock and pop music he sought out the teaching talents of Pittsburgh guitar greats Tony Janflone Sr. and Eric Sousoff. Later, while majoring in English Literature in college, he studied classical guitar with Pittsburgh Symphony guitarist and cellist Irving Kauffman, at the same time working numerous big band and jazz combo sessions and shows.

In recent years Lou has worked with several well received bands including Wanton Records recording artists “Love in Ruins,” with which he composed, arranged, and produced three CD’s worth of music. He also has production, songwriting, and guitar credits to his name with quite a few other groups and artists such as, Billy Sunday, Pete Hewlett, Supermonkey, Julie Parker, Petey Gets Around, & Blue Food.

His latest studio endeavors consist of creating the sounds for “The Hug” and the  “Snack-bot” , two robots being developed by the InteractionDesign Team at Carnegie Mellon University, and composing and recording the musical score for the short film “The Heidelberg Project.” He is currently the owner of YourGuitarist.com, which produces music for songwriters, and film makers.

 

Dave Z
bass / back-up vocals

Pittsburgh native David Zwastetzky, often referred to as Dave Zed, Z-Man, or whatever it takes to avoid pronouncing his last name, has been a musician in the local music scene for over 12 years and has been playing bass for over 21 years.  Originally starting out on trumpet and guitar, Dave quickly switched to bass after being wowed by such players as Geddy Lee, Louis Johnson, Flea, Andy Taylor, Sting and Cliff Burton.  While studying under local Pittsburgh music greats Marty Rydell and Al Peden, Dave continued to drawn upon a broad range of influences and musical genres.  Dave has played and/or recorded with several local acts including Stone Grin, Groove City, The Fuzzy Comets, Rude Mood, Circle of Friends, The Beagle Brothers, and Betty Williams.  In addition to playing with Strangelove, Dave also plays and records with local singer/songwriter Jason Deutsch in his band Hero and the Lie.

 

Gary Matassa
drums

Playing and teaching drums for over twenty years, Gary has performed and recorded with Groove City, Jill West and Blues Attack, Uncle Funk’s Jelly Jam, Dante’s Inferno, Shari Richards, The Fuzzy Comets, Dr. Zoot, JD Strum, Rude Mood, The Beegle Brothers, Circle of Friends, Charlie in the Box, In the Saddle, Strange Brew, Shelley Duff Band, Jon Lowery and the Uptown Two, and Lou Lombardi’s Strangelove.  Gary has also opened for music legends such as B.B. King, Loretta Lynn, and Tanya Tucker.

 

Katie Simone

Katie Simone is the latest addition to Lou Lombardi’s Strangelove. She’s been singing since could talk and has been performing professionally since the age of 15. Since then she has performed with such artists as Shari Richards, Anthony Gomes, Bubs McKeag,  and Wil E Tri.  When she’s not on stage or in the studio with Lou Lombardi’s Stranglove she can be seen fronting the blues/rock band JJ Burner. Most recently, Katie performed at the 2012 Pittsburgh Blues Festival joining both Billy Price and Norman Nardini on stage. Katie is a passionate performer who’s influences include Robert Plant, Steve Marriott, Ann Wilson, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Bono just to name a few.  She is a natural on stage and brings her own brand of raw soul and power to every Strangelove show.