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Heindel – Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals

Robert, the founder of Chicken on the Bone, began his music career the age of 8, playing a shiny brass trumpet. Public schools actually had music classes “back then.” Many private lessons later and entering Jr High School, the band directors thought he was better suited for a Sousaphone… Thus the bass era started. Endless New Orleans Mardi Gras parades, concerts, band competitions, All State Honor Jr High and High School bands, band trips and the famous band camps all really happened

Late night TV exposed Robert to the likes of Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott, Kiss’ Gene Simmons and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. And, that is what he wanted to do.

After months of begging, Robert got his first Bass guitar at 15 years of age and taught himself how to play, along with every bad habit a bass player should not have.

A lifetime of playing with friends in bands from garages to huge stages brings him to the formation of Chicken on the Bone. After going through a litany of members, the right members were found. Members with the same goal and same work ethic needed for a great cover band.

The stages got bigger, Bourbon St happened and Chicken on the Bone allowed its members to be full time musicians. Chicken on the Bone has travelled the United States and played for so many people, from Las Vegas to New York, and continues to play for the world via the internet and live performances throughout the United States.

Robert is also a member of the Westbank Musicians Hall of Fame

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sarah 1Sarah Gris-Gris – Lead Singer

Sarah is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. Her soulful grit derives from her love of Gospel, Rock and Country music. She first began singing in church, learned guitar and piano and started writing music. Living in Hawaii for 7 years she began singing at hotels and restaurants.   She moved back home to New Orleans with a new passion to perform as much as possible to whomever would listen. She began singing with Chicken on the Bone in 2016 part time and has since joined the band full time as their lead vocalist. With the Band she has had the privilege of singing at the MGM in Las Vegas, many different private and corporate events, festivals, and on Bourbon Street.

Brian “Biscuit” Melancon

Biscuit is a member of the Westbank Musicians All of Fame






David OrtegaDavid Ortega, MD – Associate to Robert Heindel, Road Manager

MD does not mean medical doctor and as road manager, he is always there to tell us when we are hitting those bumps as we cross over the lines on the way home. He’ll ask if you have forgotten anything, at least 10 miles from home!

RIP David… You are missed!