Top of the World
Top of the World is a high-energy pop band with a non-stop stage show. This is a super-party, crowd pumping, dance experience.
Drummer and band founder, Larry Perlmutter, “The Lobster Man”, has been playing drums professionally for many years. His signature is his flamboyant style and energetic delivery—standing up to play the drums. Larry has played all over the country and internationally with such artists as The Coasters, The Drifters, The Hollywood Argyles, and Heartache Tonight—a nationally known Eagles tribute band. He has performed in concert with the likes of Rare Earth, Neil McCoy, Mark Chestnut, Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship, Foghat, BJ Thomas, Black Oak Arkansas and many others. Larry’s style is diverse and soulful while still raw and aggressive, a perfect fit for the energy of Top of The World.
Bass guitarist Jason “JC” Collins began his musical career at age 11, studied music under professors, graduates, and professionals from Juilliard School of Arts & Music and also studied with the Berklee College of Music, where he became fluent in music theory and music notation. He became extremely proficient in multiple genres: jazz, rock, pop, funk, R&B, and gospel. Since the age of 18, JC has been playing in the music scene in St. Louis and is now well known for his funky chops. Jason has had the privilege of playing with some of the biggest and most prominent musicians in and around St. Louis.
Keyboardist, James Cook, found his calling after falling in love with the Hammond B3 organ and has been keys4sure ever since. He’s opened for such acts as the The Bengals, Thin Lizzy, and Heart. He’s played keys in tribute artist bands ranging from, Elvis Presley (Bill Cherry Lumiare Legends, Steve Davis – a local legend, and Tyler James now performing in his own show in Las Vegas), Sticky Fingers (Tribute to the Rolling Stones), and American Idiots (Tribute to Green day). James is known for his wireless keytar and awesome guitar emulations.
One of the two front people for Top of the World is Kelly Rue. After receiving her Bachelors of Performing Arts degree with an emphasis on dance and musical theater, Kelly went on to teach dance, perform in her own dance company, sing in bands and choirs while entering into the television and film arena where she hosted a local magazine show, did extensive commercial/voice over work and broke into the International scene with her portrayal of Linda Boley on New Detectives. The recipient of many awards and accolades for her work both on and off the stage, Kelly is excited to continue her love for performing with Top of the World – “love you guys!”
Exzavion Powells, “The X Man”, originally from Los Angeles, CA, started drumming at the age of 4, taking lessons from his father and perfecting his skills by playing drums at his church. Listening to Michael Jackson growing up, Exavion was drawn to both singing and dancing. He’s the other half of the front for Top of the World. To watch him perform, you can feel, hear, and see the heat. Before joining Top of the World, Exavion performed with the band Gen2Men.