New Deal on Royal Princess
January 13th, 2015
New Deal Band
As many of you are aware, Jake Tobias & Melissa Behring joined up with Scott Vernier (keys), Al Boudreau (bass) and Neil Jones (drums) to form a group for the cruise lines called New Deal. For the past four years, we have been performing on board various vessels around the globe for Princess Cruises. The New Deal band format is very broad. We perform covers from a wide variety of artists and eras from the 50’s to today, classic rock, country, rhythm & blues and even some disco. I’ve heard people compare us with a wedding band. Guess that can’t be all that bad… With such a diverse audience coming on the ships, it takes an all encompassing musical offering to make a difference in anyones experience on such large vessels.
This has been an exciting change from our previous land based work with 7 Million Jigawatts. We have been fortunate to travel together and see the world. If you’re interested in checking out some of the places we’ve visited, Jake & Melissa run a travel blog at www.permanentworkation.com
The New Deal Band
January 12th, 2015
In January, 2015, we are embarking on a Caribbean adventure on board the Royal Princess until late May 2015. This ship is a beauty and we are looking forward to checking her out and having a good time down in the Islands man. The itinerary on this particular contract rocks, we’re visiting some of my favorite islands on lovely 10 day runs. Perhaps you are in need of a break, a getaway, an escape. Well, come on out and cruise with us.
February 14th, 2014
Starting March 1, Jake, Melissa, Scott, Al & Marv will be boarding the Ruby Princess to become the musical smorgasbord known as the New Deal Band performing there until July 22. Come cruise with the band to exotic destinations like Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Ft. Lauderdale, or cross the Atlantic Ocean and take in culture and history on Western European adventures to the UK, Ireland, Norway, and more.
Check out itineraries and destinations for the Ruby Princess here on princesscruises.com
Detroit Singer Interviewed on The Deans List
February 9th, 2014
Check out the interview with Melissa Behring, singer from Detroit, Michigan. A staple performer on board Princess Cruises over the past three years with her husband, Jake Tobias and three other talented musicians, Scott Vernier, Al Boudreau and Marvin Walker. They perform in the cruise ship’s party band called New Deal and are at sea over 40 weeks a year.
In this conversation with Dean La Douceur of the Deans List, Melissa speaks candidly about the music business, expectations, opportunities and plans for the future.
Real Detroit Weekly
August 10th, 2013
Thanks to our friend, Robert Del Valle and the fine editors at Real Detroit Weekly for giving 7 Million Jigawatts a nod in this weeks Stage & Canvas section.
“Before They Sail …
Several years ago, this column started an annual tradition of sorts by singling out a local band or entertainer for some well-deserved and belated attention. Readers of Stage & Canvas will probably recall that 7 Million Jigawatts was one of the first combos to be accorded this honor – and there have been quite a few polite requests since then for an update. Well, here it is. Melissa Behring and Jake Tobias are two Royal Oak musicians still going strong playing guitar and singing covers and original works. “We are actually putting our heads together and working on a new album,” Behring announced recently, “and it looks as if we’re going to be setting sail again in a few weeks. The Princess Cruise Line evidently wants us back after performing on their ships for forty-four weeks in 2012, so we’ll soon be on board the Emerald Princess for five months. At sea, we’re a different band called The New Deal with a different line up of veteran musicians. We’re lucky to have Scott Vernier from Mt. Clemens on keyboards and vocals and we have Clint Sabon on drums and Joey Vegas on bass. Clint has been seen most recently playing in popular country artist David Shelby’s band and Joey has a band called Downtown Vegas. However, I’m very happy to say that 7 Million Jigawatts will be ashore and downriver on 8/10 at Buster’s Place in Trenton. We consider it a good luck charm when our fans see us before we hit the ocean waves, so please spread the word!” Consider the word duly promulgated. Oh, and set your compass, dear reader, for 5784 W. Jefferson.”
7 Million Jigawatts “Last Show Before They Go”
July 30th, 2013
Saturday August 10th at 9:30 in Trenton at Buster’s Place.
Melissa Behring & Jake Tobias are two musicians from Royal Oakstill going strong playing guitar & singing a bit of both covers and originals. We are actually putting our heads together and working on a new album.
Princess Cruises has been treating us right. They keept us performing on their ships for 44 weeks in 2012. We will be out on the Emerald Princess next for 5 months. At sea, we are a different band (The New Deal) with a different supporting line up of veteran cruise line musicians. We are lucky to have Scott Vernier, from Mt. Clemens, on keyboards and vocals on both land and sea.
In the rhythm section of the 7MJ band on land, we have Clint Sabon on Drums and Joey Vegas on bass. Most recently, Clint has been seen playing in popular country artist, David Shelby’s band and Joey has a band called Downtown Vegas.
7 Million Jigawatts
Saturday August 10 9:30
5784 W Jefferson Ave
Hot August Nights
July 22nd, 2013
On August 3, the Guiness Book of World Recods descends on Northern Michigan. That’s right folks, if you drive a Mini Cooper and can make it up to the Mackinac Bridge, the connecting point for the 5 miles between the Lower and Upper Penninsula’s where Lake Huron and Michigan meet, you too can become a part of the largest parade of Mini’s ever assembled.
“New world record attempt Aug. 3 at Mackinac Bridge
June 11, 2013 — The Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) will join MINI of Grand Rapids and owners of Mini Cooper automobiles from all over the country as they rally and attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest parade of MINIs. The MINI rally will take place on Saturday, Aug. 3, and will culminate with a mass crossing of the Mackinac Bridge, the world’s third-longest suspension bridge.
“We gladly support this attempt at a new world record highlighting Michigan’s iconic Mackinac Bridge,” said MBA Administrator Bob Sweeney. “We will do whatever we can to make their crossing safe, secure, and memorable – as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record.”
The current world record for the most Mini Coopers in a parade is 1,450. The MBA and event planners encourage all MINI owners to use social media and other methods to spread the word. More information is available online on the MINI of Grand Rapids Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/521093454613906/.
Contact: Bob Felt, MDOT Office of Communications,
It just so happens that 7 Million Jigawatt’s own, Melissa Behring and Jake Tobias own a Mini Cooper. Little Lolita is going to have a chance to help break a Guiness World Record for the Largest Parade of MINI Cars at MINI on the Mack. It’s acutally a record for the most Mini’s on a suspension bridge, but who needs to get technical.
July 12th, 2013
Last minute blessings rock! Just got a call to play the Ironwood Grill in Plymouth, MI tonight. We start at 10:30. This is an acoustic performance featuring Melissa Behring on vocals, Jake Tobias on guitar and vocals and Scott David Vernier on keys and vocals. This trio has been rocking it out on Princess Cruises ships with a 5 piece band for the past couple years. Collectively they have a pretty amazing and wide repertoire. Expect to hear some new songs by bands like Bruno Mars, FUN., P!NK, along side favorites by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Rick Springfield, and Journey.
The Ironwood Grill has a fun sporty environment with great big windows right near the art in the park festivities, so stop on in when the vendors outside close down. Happy Friday everyone!
840 West Ann Arbor Trail
10:30 – 2am
Love the Hometown Crowd
July 9th, 2013
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our performances last week at Silky’s in Dearborn, the Royal Oak Brewery in Royal Oak and Independence Day Festival in Clarkston. Each one of these performances had a special reunion with some of our Detroit area friends. Being gone so much last year, we really didn’t have enough time to see everyone. This string of July holiday shows really provided a great opportunity to have fun, play some music and socialize. What more are holidays for?
We have one more performance in Michigan on August 10 before Jake, Scott and I head back out to the seas on the Emerald Princess.
4th of July Independence Festival
June 25th, 2013
7MJ 4th of July 2013 Independence Day Festival Clarkston Michigan
7 Million Jigawatts rocks Fourth of July!
Independence Day Festival with Fireworks, a Carnival & a Monkey! (Well, maybe not a monkey.)
6000 Clarkston Road
*****This is a family friendly event*****
It’s our Nation’s birthday and you can celebrate it close to home. This year we have added carnival rides and other attractions! You can purchase tasty goodies on-site, including many of your carnival favorites, shop over 60 local crafters and watch some awesome live entertainment.
Fun for the entire family, plus part of this local home-town tradition is spending time with your neighbors as well!
Bring lawn chairs and blankets for your comfort and enjoy one of the best parts of our community, Clintonwood Park.
Stay thru the evening and enjoy the expanded fireworks display!
Celebrate summer in beautiful Michigan with three evenings of dance and party music as performed by 7 Million Jigawatts (7MJ). For the past two and a half years, the members of 7MJ have been performing on board various Princess cruise ships touring Australia, New Zealand, the Panama Canal, Alaska, Hawaii, California & Mexican coasts for Princess Cruises. Their uniquely original sound caught the eye of Ford Motor Company back in 2010 when they featured the 7MJ song, “I’ve Got You Covered” in their 2010 Mustang online advertising campaign. In 2009, they had a very successful release of their first original CD “Taking Flight”, which is available online at ITunes, Last FM, Digstation, and CD Baby.