Solid Gold

       Jim Lucas @(707) 374-7567
About Solid Gold
An experienced rock band from Rio Vista CA., specializing in 4-part vocal harmony while performing music of the 50’s-60’s and ‘70’s.

Performs for dances, restaurants, clubs, or corporate functions, and concerts. The band is also available for wedding receptions and other celebratory events.

Performs mainly in the Rio Vista area and has slowly been expanding into other locations in the Bay Area and Contra Costa. The band was formed in April of 2011, and is excited about expanding its performance base.

Currently includes 2 female vocalists, one of whom performs on keyboards, an electric bassist, drums, lead guitarist, and a saxophone/flute specialist.

Some of the music covered by was originally recorded by Juice Newton, the Oakridge Boys, Linda Ronstadt, Pat Benatar, the Doobie Bros., Jo Stafford, Sam and Dave, Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, and the Carpenters.

Like more information regarding a performance at a celebration of your organization or private party?

Band Members
Bob Jacobs, bass guitarist
  • grew up in a military family. Lived many different places while growing up including Okinawa, Japan, and Hawaii.
  • started playing acoustic and electric bass in high school. Played with a successful rock band as a young adult, focusing on the Bay Area.
  • retired from Pacific Bell (Pac Bell).
  • currently plays with 2 large bands as well as jazz combos, and a Hawaiian band.
  • resides in Trilogy of Rio Vista.

Claire McKean, lead vocalist
  • native Californian from San Leandro.
  • began singing informally as a very young child.
  • first professional musical experience at age 14, as the lead singer in a successful band performing at parties, wedding receptions, USO shows, and other venues.
  • sang in junior and senior high school choruses, and later, became a soloist with the Douglas Morrison Theater Chorus from Hayward CA.
  • for the past 22 years performed as a singer at various musical venues in the Bay Area including several musical theater productions.
  • retired office manager and assistant to the principal, San Leandro High School. 
  • assisted in the production of many high school musical theater productions.
  • currently a member of four performing groups including “Solid Gold”.
  • resides in Trilogy of Rio Vista.

Harry Pluth, lead guitarist
  • began playing guitar at age 16.
  • joined a large rock band in the ‘70’s which included horns and extra percussion.
  • started a blues band and later another band including his brothers.
  • currently retired, but is a landscaper and general repair person for Trilogy of Rio Vista.

Joe Pepper, drummer
  • originally from New Jersey, started playing at 12 with a drum and bugle corp. Later joined the Navy, became the drummer for the West Coast Show Band performing out of Treasure Island in San Francisco.
  • during a 6 year tour, attended music school while stationed at Little Creek, VA. and studied percussion techniques and rhythmic styles including Latin, jazz, rock, et al. …has extensive experience recording and playing shows featuring legendary performers such as Bob Hope, Red Skelton, the Andrews Sisters and more. 
  • continued to play locally throughout the SF Bay Area and across the U. S. and Canada with the George Pickard, Silver Spur and Rich Rinaldi bands. 
  • Currently with “Solid Gold” from Trilogy, a fun, exciting, vibrant and talented group of singers and musicians.
  • “You will want to bring your dancing shoes”.

Jim Lucas, saxophones, flute, other brass/woodwind instruments
  • originally from Indianapolis, IN.
  • began singing and playing clarinet at age 6
  • began playing percussion professionally while in high school.
  • played in, and directed a drum and bugle corps while attending military school.
  • studied other brass, woodwinds, and string instruments while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music Education from Butler University in Indianapolis.
  • brief stint with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra while also performing with a large jazz/rock band as the drummer.
  • has a lifetime license to teach music in all grades, and foreign language in grades 7-12, in Indiana.
  • 32 years as a music educator in Indiana and Kentucky directing bands and choruses at all levels of education including the university level.
  • Masters degree in Education from Butler University.
  • currently performs with four bands including “Solid Gold”.

Bonnie G, keyboardist and vocalist
  • started singing when about two years old, encouraged by musical parents
  • began formal music/organ lessons with a private teacher at age five
  • was involved in various musical groups during school years including singing in glee clubs, playing clarinet in band, and piano in orchestra. Performed in regional Honor Bands as well as school bands. 
  • demonstrated 3 and 4 manual organs for Sherman & Clay sales department while still in high school. Continued music lessons under a music coach
  • later high school and early college performed with several rock bands and participated in the "Battle of the Bands" performances all around the San Francisco/Peninsula areas
  • began playing the 12- string guitar in the late '70s . Began performing special music for wedding ceremonies, church services, dinner parties and events, and sang with a small vocal group.
  • Directed Praise and Worship teams leader for various churches, and Christian women's and men's organizations.
  • currently owns a bookkeeping/accounting business
  • musical focus now is with a few small vocal groups and "Solid Gold". 
  • feels that “Solid Gold” gives her a chance to pursue her love of playing the piano and singing, and  enabling her to share her talent and create happiness for other people.