It’s the mid 1960’s in upstate NY, USA. An auditorium is packed with thousands of teenagers. The lights go dim, the announcer shouts get ready for a very exciting high-energy rock ‘n roll show. Everyone please clear the area in front of the stage, as I introduce to you…The Invictas. Out of the dark, headlights appear and reveal a black Cadillac hearse with gold racing stripes and the name The Invictas on its doors. Out jump four guys with guitars in hand and the crowd goes wild.
During the 60’s, The Invictas had fan clubs and police escorts. Their hit record and dance, The Hump, shocked parents and attracted thousands of teenagers. You can dance The Hump by putting your hands behind your head and moving your hips in and out towards your partner. In the 60’s, The Hump was shocking, provocative, and outrageous.
A few years ago, Herb Gross, leader of the band as well as lead singer, visited Dave Hickey and his wife Marilyn in Rochester, NY. Dave was the original drummer. That evening, they went to a Blues bar. They were invited to take the stage and Herb performed one song. This was Herb’s “Blues Brothers moment. He simply had to reunite the band. No one thought this could ever happen again. Six months later, however, the band was ready to rock.
Since reuniting, The Invictas have played with the Beach Boys and other national groups, been on national TV, and featured in dozens of publications. They are rocking thousands at festivals and events.
Their music is ageless, high energy rock ‘n roll with the original sound of the sixties. On stage are three of the four original band members including Dave Hickey on drums, Jim Kohler on bass, and Herb Gross on rhythm guitar and singing lead. New band members are Dave Profeta on lead guitar, Sammy Gruttadauria (Sammy G) on keyboards, and Dick Callari on guitar. The band plays music that makes you rock and dance including hits from the 60’s such as Twist and Shout, Mony Mony, Can’t Get No Satisfaction, Mustang Sally, What I Like About You, and many more. Their sets also include original songs including The Hump. In addition, the band frequently holds Hump dance contests.
The crowd goes wild. People of all ages, from screaming teenagers to rocking seniors, party to sound of The Invictas.
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