The original X-it band was formed in 1983 by some high school friends around the Eleva / Strum, WI area. Early on, X-it enjoyed tremendous success in the local and regional music scene playing an average of 3-4 shows per month. Venues included county fairs, street dances, bars and large festivals. The band broke up in 2002 and pursued other successful area band projects. In 2007, some of the original members of X-it decided to reunite. After the reunion, the fire was once again lit. The band was put back together and renamed 2nd X-it (second time around). As the years went on, the band has seen a few changes, but one thing will always remain constant, 2nd X-it’s commitment to deliver high quality classic hard rock songs with precision and talent. Every member of 2nd X-it is dedicated to performing at a very high professional level. 2nd X-it is passionate about delivering the respect to each artist they cover at every show. With decades of professional on-stage experience, 2nd X-it brings you the best in classic hard and heavy rock and roll. Exceptional musicianship, professional sound and lights, the ability to travel wherever, whenever, and the dedication to deliver the best hard rock cover songs that no other bands will attempt to try!
Big Lar - Lead Vocals - Larry hit the music scene in 1988 forming a band called Faces where he learned the ropes. In the late 80’s, Larry and the Losers was formed where Larry fronted and played rhythm/lead guitar. In the early 2000’s, Oilpan was formed. Oilpan performed on a limited basis in the Chippewa/Eau Claire, WI area for the next 10 years. Oilpan’s last show was at the Chippewa Falls, WI Eagles Club in 2011. In 2017 the opportunity to front the great 2nd X-It Band presented itself with the retirement of Bim Semingson (original X-it vocalist). Larry started working with 2nd X-it in April of 2017 and made his 2nd X-it debut on September 22nd, 2017 at Tailgates Sports Bar in Eau Claire, WI. Larry has been performing in bands for over 30 years as a lead vocalist and a rhythm guitar player performing all over the region from bars to festivals.
Dave Dean - Lead / Rhythm Guitars – Dave started his music career on the acoustic guitar at very young age. Dave was trained on classical guitar as well as the school of Hard Knox. Some years later, Dave was hired to be the lead guitar player in a ten-piece funk band where he displayed his incredible talent and diversity. Dave has also played in a successful Led Zeppelin tribute band. 2nd X-it contacted Dave in early 2007 as they were looking to add an additional lead guitar player to create a duel lead guitar attack. Dave's discipline, incredible diversity and attention to detail, makes him one of the best and most talented guitar players around! A true asset to 2nd X-it. text
Joe Frost - Bass - Joe has been playing in bands since the mid 80s starting off in his home town of New London Connecticut with metal band Allies in 1986. Since that time Joe has moved all around the country playing in bands in several cities Austin Texas, Honolulu Hawaii, Norfolk Virginia, and finally Eau Claire area of Wisconsin. Joe is no stranger to 2nd X-it, he had spent a couple years with the band back in 2013, and with his return, his style once again fits the band like a glove!
Andy Cox - Lead / Rhythm Guitars - Andy started playing the guitar at age 13 after seeing a vintage Deep Purple performance. Andy started his 1st band "Mass Confusion" in high school where he honed his guitar playing skills. Andy has played guitar in many great area bands including, Eddie Inc., and E.C. Gunz. In 2010 Andy joined Qwikfire and played several shows with them through the years. In 2012, The opportunity to audition for 2nd X-it came along, and the rest is history! With Andy's talent, commitment and focus, he is a great asset to the duel lead guitar attack that separates 2nd X-it from all of the rest.
Rick Thompson – Drums – Rick started playing drums at a very early age. Actually so early, we don’t even know what year! What we do know is at age 12, Rick joined his first band The Eldorado’s. The Eldorado’s was his family's band which he performed in for several years playing weddings, fairs, parties any occasion. In 1983, Rick met up with some high school friends and formed X-it. X-it was very successful playing bars and festivals around the WI / MN region. In 2002, X-it disbanded and Rick went on the form The Fury, Not Responsible and Mr. Hanky. All successful area bands including a Rockfest appearance on the main stage. In 2007, Rick decided to get the original X-it band back together to be called ”2nd X-it” (2nd time around). Rick is the original founding member and backbone of 2nd X-it since the beginning, 1983. Rick has performed for thousands of fans from all over the mid-west for nearly 5 decades and plans to go 5 more decades before retiring. Along with playing drums, Rick is the key contact person and handles all of the bookings.
Ken Oemig - Sound Engineer
Ken is a dedicated professional with a formal education and 20 years of experience who takes great pride in the work he does. He studied audio engineering under John "Chopper" Black (Paula Abdul, Loverboy) at Music Tech - which later became McNally Smith College of Music - in Minneapolis, where he graduated with honors in 2001. Ken ran sound for Phoenix on the main stage at Rock Fest in 2003 and 2004. For the next decade and a half, Ken would continue to hone his craft, twisting knobs for many local bands such as Radio Drive, Cat's Ass, and Twisted Rhythm to name only a few - all on his beloved analog - before finally going fully digital in 2019. Since making the transition, Ken has quickly evolved into one of the area's most sought after live sound engineers, becoming the top choice of several bands in addition to 2nd X-it, and he has even mixed 3 national acts to date. Ken also pushes faders at EveryBuddy's Bar and Grill - which features original music from local, regional, and national touring artists - where he has manned the board for Tantric and Texas Hippie Coalition. Ken will no doubt continue to great things in the future, and we look forward to following his career, but for right now, we are very honored to be working with Ken, a true Professional!!