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“B.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T.!”

“Youth, talent and sheer exuberance”

“Awesome band!”


Llamas at Brunch, with roots in rock, blues, jam, and electronic music, is best known for their high energy, crowd-pleasing, foot-stomping live shows.

The Llamas’ members have been playing together since 2008 with three appearances at FloydFest between 2011 and 2013. They released their first EP of original music in 2014 and have opened for a variety of acts including Jefferson Starship, Carbon Leaf and Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers. With most of the band attending the University of Virginia for the past three years, the Llamas have been focusing on the central Virginia music scene. Recent shows include the 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest and the Devils Backbone Brewery Milestone 7 Party. They bring the same exuberance to shows on festival stages, corner bars, and everywhere in between as they continue to expand and evolve their musical footprint.

Haley Bauser is often compared to Janis Joplin, Grace Slick and Susan Tedeschi for her soulful voice and the power of her performance. Her guitar and mandolin rhythms, along with the tight drums of Jay Windsor and badass bass lines of Raymond Zhao, provide the foundation for the sexy guitar leads of Ben Laderberg and the multi-instrumental talents of Carter Hall on keys, sound effects, knob turning, and sax. The Llamas will leave the audience yearning for more and chanting…”One more song!”

MEET THE BAND

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Haley Bauser - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin

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Hi, I'm Haley Bauser, the lead singer, guitarist, and mandolin player for the Llamas. Outside of the band, I also play piano and sing classical music. Right now, I'm a physics major and Murray Scholar at William & Mary.

Carter Hall - Keyboards, Sax, Being sexy, Jumping around, Knob turning

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Carter plays keyboards, turns knobs, and clicks on things for the Llamas. Having spent years refining the art of playing the keyboard with both feet off the ground, he now studies computer engineering at the University of Virginia with the hope of increasing the precision of his knob-turning. He is also rumored to be installing a waffle iron on his keyboard rig in order to more effectively serve brunch during shows. Carter has written an entire sonata about his extensive collection of contraband Ben Laderberg guitar picks, and has become a controversial internet personality under the pseudonym "Ian Tembe." His musical tastes range from progressive rock to progressive house, and he dreams of one day scoring a Star Wars film.

Ben Laderberg - Lead Guitar, Percussion, Hype

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Having blown off dates with Toucan Sam, Count Chocula, and Lucky Charm himself, Ben’s voluptuous guitar serenades have been known to uplift the listener into the self-actualization tier of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Ben currently enjoys exploring the musicality of such artists as Wilco, Dr. Dog, Moon Taxi, Umphrey’s McGee, The Beatles, and Phish. His future entrepreneurship ventures include such unpatented ideas as building cities in towns, an Indian hotel chain called "Patel," a rock and roll gospel temple for the Jewish community, a bed that makes itself, and his own "Ben and Breakfast." His favorite 1950s black and white film noir would have to be "Sunset Boulevard" as it portrays aging silent-film star Norma Desmond gradually losing touch with reality, craving for a comeback during a mercurial period of Hollywood where young actresses overshadow the superannuated. Louis Armstrong once said, "There are some folks that, if they don't know, you can't tell them." Ben likes that quote a lot.

Jay Windsor - Drums, Random comments, Wearing construction helmets

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I’m Jay Windsor, and I’m a third year at the University of Virginia studying computer engineering. Since before I can remember, I have kept myself entertained with two lifelong interests: computers and drumming. I started taking drum lessons at age six from an instructor who usually only accepts older students, but he reportedly thought I had a unique sense of rhythm. I carried that unique sense of rhythm and music though several groups, including Carbon Jam, the Norfolk Academy Jazz Band, and the Virginia Glee Club. Not only does does Llamas at Brunch substantiate my love for drumming, but it also sustains my love for computers through lighting. I am the lighting designer alongside our board operator Reid Bixler, which is the last you'll hear about him on this site, unless you find the hidden page dedicated to him.

Raymond Zhao (Yo Yo Ray) - Bass Guitar, Singing high parts

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Hello, I'm Raymond Zhao, a Computer Science major at the University of Virginia. Since I was little, I've had a huge background involving music. I took piano lessons for about 9 to 10 years from different teachers. From there, I took lessons in cello, bass, and then guitar. I've always loved music so being in a band would be fun. Turns out, it was one of the best decisions in my life. I started out as a sub in Carbon Jam but when Llamas at Brunch was formed, I became the main bassist.