|MARK REINHART AND RMT|
A Columbus, Ohio Rock/Country/Blues/Americana Band
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 440-5932
SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SHOWS
Friday, Mar. 16, 6:30pm -- Benny's Pizza, 968 Columbus Avenue, Marysville (Mark & Jim duo show)
Saturday, Mar. 17, 9:00pm -- Cardo's Pizza, 7897 Refugee Road, Pickerington (Mark & Jim & Nick trio show)
Friday, Apr. 20, 8:30pm -- Plank's on Broadway, 4022 Broadway, Grove City (Mark, Fred & Todd trio show)
Saturday, Apr. 21, 6:30pm -- Benny's Pizza, 968 Columbus Avenue, Marysville (Mark & Todd duo show)
Friday, May 4, 7:00pm -- Trout Club, 2250 Horns Hill Road NE, Newark (Mark, Jim & Nick trio show)
Friday, May 11, 7:30pm -- JT's Pizza, 2390 West Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus (Mark, Jim & Nick trio show)
Friday, May 18, 7:30pm -- Benny's Pizza, 968 Columbus Avenue, Marysville (Mark, Todd, Brian & Keaton quartet show)
Tuesday, May 22, 10:00am -- Park Avenue Elementary, 335 Park Avenue, Mount Gilead (SONGS OF AMERICA full band show)
Saturday, May 26, 7:00pm -- Cross Creek Camping Resort, 3190 South Old State Road, Delaware (Mark, Jim & Nick trio show)
ABOUT THE BAND
RMT is a Columbus, Ohio-based band that performs a wide variety of rock, country and blues music. The band's playlist covers over six decades of hits, all the way from 1950s classics up to current popular songs. RMT is fronted by founding member Mark Reinhart on guitar and vocals. The band is not the only central Ohio musical group that Mark regularly works with -- he is also a longtime member of Shucking Bubba Acoustic. In addition to being a musician, Mark is also an author -- his books ABRAHAM LINCOLN ON SCREEN (2009), THE BATMAN FILMOGRAPHY (2013) and CHET ATKINS: THE GREATEST SONGS OF MISTER GUITAR (2014) are available through the academic publisher McFarland & Company.
Mark's backing musicians in RMT include Fred Fochtman (harmonica, congas, and vocals), Todd Berry (bass and vocals), Brian Preston (keyboards, guitar, bass, and vocals), and Jim Prescott (bass, guitar and vocals). Over the years, the band has worked with several different drummers, including Dan Boyd, Rob Fratianne, Nick Ray, and Mark's son Keaton.
Some of you who are reading this might be wondering if "RMT" is an abbreviation for a longer band name -- well, that is a fair question, and one that Mark is a bit embarrassed to have to answer! When Mark formed the band with Fred and Todd over 20 years ago, they decided to call it "Rich Meaty Taste" simply because they thought the name was funny. The band was supposed to be kind of a throwaway enterprise that would only end up performing a few times, so the guys didn't think its name would be around very long.
But the band ended up lasting much longer than its founding members ever thought it would. During the course of working together for decades and doing well over a thousand shows, Mark, Fred and Todd got tired of being saddled with such a ridiculous name -- so among themselves, they simply referred to the band as "RMT." Over time, those initials became the band's more or less official name. (However, it should be pointed out that there is a great deal of material out there on the Internet that refers to RMT by its old name -- so Mark reluctantly admits that the band will probably never be completely free of it!)
OK, that is enough about RMT's checkered name history -- let's get back to the band itself. RMT performs regularly at Plank's on Broadway in Grove City, JT's Pizza in Worthington, Carsonie's Stromboli and Pizza Kitchen in Upper Arlington, and Benny's Pizza in Marysville. The band has also been featured at the Ohio Statehouse, the Columbus Arts Festival, Grove City's Ohio Flags of Honor, the Worthington Concert on the Green, the Columbus fireworks spectacular Red, White and Boom, and many private functions.
RMT's original material is a blend of rock, country, swing, blues and funk, and over the years many of the band's songs have been featured on Ohio radio stations. The band has released six collections of originals, RMTCD (1999), RICHER MEATIER TASTIER (2002), THANK YOU SO MUCH (2006), LIVE AT BENNY'S (2009), MARK REINHART AND RMT (2015), and RMTEP (2017). RMT's music is available from online retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. It is also available directly from the band at live performances.
In addition to its usual repertoire, RMT has developed a unique American musical history program called SONGS OF AMERICA. A journey through over 200 years of U.S. musical history, the program consists of performances of a variety of classic American musical works. SONGS OF AMERICA is geared for all ages -- the program has been enjoyed by tens of thousands of children through Columbus' popular Artists-in-Schools program, as well as by many large audiences at civic concerts throughout the city. (For more details about SONGS OF AMERICA, see the bottom of this page.)
One novel aspect of RMT's shows is that band playlists are made available to audience members, allowing them to choose songs they want to hear -- RMT rarely uses a prearranged setlist, instead structuring their show around the musical taste of a particular crowd.
RMT can be contacted through Mark Reinhart at email@example.com or (614) 440-5932.
SOME OF THE ARTISTS RMT COVERS
Allman Brothers Band, Barenaked Ladies, Beatles, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Cash, Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Counting Crows, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jim Croce, Neil Diamond, Doobie Brothers, Doors, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Gin Blossoms, Grateful Dead, Green Day, Vince Guaraldi, Buddy Holly, Chris Isaak, Jars of Clay, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Marley, Monkees, Van Morrison, Jason Mraz, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Carl Perkins, Tom Petty, Wilson Pickett, Elvis Presley, Prince, R.E.M., Rolling Stones, Santana, Simon and Garfunkel, Chris Stapleton, Stray Cats, Sublime, James Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Violent Femmes, Who, Zac Brown Band
You can click below to access selected songs from the band's CDs in MP3 format, to read the band's complete playlist, to learn more about SONGS OF AMERICA, or to watch RMT music videos.