Steve Ridler

Steve has been writing music and performing professionally since his teen years. Coming from a musical family comprised of a father, mother and 5 siblings, Steve being the youngest, all who loved to sing and perform, he was destined to be a tremendous musical talent. Known for his extremely precise timing, lightning fast fingers, his ability to "wing" almost any song and his excellent lead and harmony vocals, he has delighted many an audience. As a piano player, bassist, guitarist, drummer and harmonica player, he has countless hours of studio experience. Being a great arranger, Steve has arranged and recorded for artists across the USA and Europe. He's had his original songs recorded as far away as England and Portugal.

He teamed up for many years with his brother Jeff in the Ridler Brothers Band as the bass player performing their original music. The Ridler Brothers and their 6 piece band traveled performing their music show from dance halls to domes with many outstanding artists. Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels, Colin Ray, Asleep at the Wheel, Exile, Neil McCoy, just to name a few. The Ridler Brothers have released 5 cds. He also performed 6 nights a week as a solo piano bar player for more than a decade. He is now 47 years young.

Steve has been performing at Gibliano Brothers Dueling Piano Bar & Music House since the venue opened in April 2009.
Jimi Finn

Jimi Finn has been playing music since an early age. He can remember standing around the piano with his family and singing "Puff the Magic Dragon" and "Red River Valley" while his mom played. Later he would observe his older brother's band puffing the magic dragon while they practiced in the family's basement.

This led to piano lessons and a keen interest in everything musical, including classical. In high school he continued taking weekly piano lessons from a teacher who was taught by a teacher who was taught by a teacher who was taught by a teacher who was taught by Beethoven. Really. Ok, there may have been a few more teachers in that lineage.

He studied music in college and later added guitar and vocals to add to his composition skills on the piano. He gave up trying to be a classical pianist and started writing his own pop and rock songs, and improvising his own jazz tunes.

Playing in a San Diego top 40 rock band he was fortunate to travel to Japan and play for the military at the base bars and officers clubs. He played bars and ski resorts in California, clubs in Arizona, and with some reservation, at the local Indian casino. Those were the mullet years.

In 1997 he moved to Spokane and played in a few cover bands and started doing solo gigs as well. He was also recording and writing his own music. In 2001 he released a CD called "Tomatoes" with his now defunct band Jimmy Finn and the Naturals. During a job with a local ad agency he recorded over 80 radio commercials and wrote some catchy jingles. He might even play one if it is requested.

When Gibliano Brothers Dueling Piano Bar opened in April of 09 he auditioned and has been playing every weekend since. His years of playing in bands and learning songs have allowed him to know quite a few tunes, and he truly loves playing the piano and singing songs and getting the crowd involved. As a dueling piano player likes to help people have a good time on special occasions and enjoys hearing the crowd sing along.
Christan Raxter

If you've happened to be at Gibliano Brothers on a weekend night and heard a cover of Nine Inch Nails or Lady Gaga, you've heard Christan Raxter. A native of North Carolina, the musician and singer/songwriter has performed for coffeehouses and other various musical venues across the Southeast. A graduate of Brevard College, Christan was the 1999 original music winner of The Great American Music Fest held in Myrtle Beach, SC. The following year he was the only solo finalist in a regional Battle of the Bands. He spent several years working with Brevard Little Theatre as musical director and resident composer, as well as accompanist and choral director for several churches. Christan moved to Spokane in January of 2007, and since that time has performed for occasional open mics and music festivals. A few months after Gibliano Brothers opened in April 2009, Christan was hired on to become one of the dueling piano players. He lives with his partner Jonathan, and would like to thank Gibliano Brothers and the entire Spokane community for giving him a chance to do what he loves.
Terry “T-Boy” Finnerty

T-Boy Finnerty: We are leaving this bio up in Loving memory of our friend. T-Boy played every Friday and Saturday as the opening act for the dueling pianos, he will be missed, RIP buddy!