Rotagilla is alligator spelled backwards. After decades of performing under that name, the band became Rotageezer in 2002, a wry acknowledgement in the face of aging like a fine wine. Originally comprised of members Bill Sabo, Mike Cunningham, Gene Eberhardy, Ed Wilson, and Butch Malone, Rotagilla won Florida's Top Rock Search in the late ‘70s as a comedy jug band. They even appeared on The Midnight Special.
Over the decades Rotagilla has taken many different shapes and sounds and compiled its ever-changing setlist into an unexpected fusion of both expanding genres and intriguing energies. Scott Sweet says Rotageezer is "non-denominational" when it comes to genre with a bit of humor thrown in. Their camaraderie can be seen in the little moments of unspoken connection during songs as well as felt through their light-hearted on-stage banter with one another.
Rotageezer consists of Damian Kemper on drums, Bill Sabo on guitar and tenor banjo, Jim Carpenter on 6-string guitar, 12-string guitar, and bass, and Scott Sweet on 6-string guitar, 12-string guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele and bass. They play anything acoustic from the ‘20s to today. Audiences can expect to hear three and four-part harmony while different members take turns singing the lead.