Aaron and Angela Mesenberg have been making beautiful music together since they first met in 1998.
In their very first incarnation they were a trio known as Pop Optic, complete with bass player (Rob Zastrow), a programmed drum machine, dazzling computer animated video backdrop, and 3D glasses.
The next several versions of OPTIC were all-out rock bands including great drummers like Mark “Tubby” Powers and Dan “The Man” Peaslee, plus eyeball t-shirts and laser light show. OPTIC won the Z104/Jerry's Music sponsored “Central Wisconsin Battle of the Bands in 1999 (with Rob and Tubby) and also in 2001 (with Dan the Man and Brent Bell on bass).
Angela began playing the bass guitar after Aria, Aaron and Angela's daughter, was born and thereafter OPTIC became a trio once again. Dubbing themselves by such other names as “Midnight Rooster” and “A3”, Aaron and Angela have continued to perform their music over the past decade and a half.
During the last several years Aaron and Angela have been traveling across the nation, from Wisconsin, to Oregon, to Arizona, performing their old west show “The 1880's Variety Show” as a family with their child. These two musicians still enjoy the opportunity to take out the old set lists and entertain an audience at every opportunity.
Aaron has been teaching and playing the guitar for over 25 years. He has developed an original guitar style that transcends his influences and shows an instinctive sense of the essence of musical genre. Having expressed himself for years with the electric shredding furor fitting the late 80's and early 90's, these days Aaron prefers to use his classical guitar with a loop pedal to allow him to play his signature leads. Angela provides the lead voice for this duo. Her twist on the styles of early pop and rock influences combined with the technique gained by years of performance experience, as well as instructing vocal students for several years, is the unique voice that is an integral part of this duo's characteristic sound. When Aaron blends in his vocals they produce powerful harmonies, and at times during a performance Aaron takes his turn as lead voice, giving Angela a chance to harmonize. This arrangement of vocal variety allows for a diverse play-list while evoking quite a memorable music experience for the listener.
Listening to Optic Acoustic one could expect to hear:
Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, Dan Emmett, Percy Montrose, Nick Lucas, Emmy Rossum, Louis Armstrong, Gene Austin, Carter Family, Bill Haley & The Comets, Johnny Otis, The Drifters, The Champs, Ben E. King, Elvis, The Shangri-las, B.J. Thomas, The Chiffons, The Angels, Tommy Roe, The Platters, Lou Christie, Wilbert Harrison, The Del-Vikings, Buddy Holly, The Diamonds, Mitch Ryder, The Crests, Mary Hopkin, Danny & the Juniors, The Tokens, Chuck Berry, Bobby Day, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, The Tremeloes, Lesley Gore, Jimmy Gilmer, The Foundations, The Troggs, The Coasters, Maurice Williams, Lloyd Price, Little Richard, The Searchers, The Temptations, Joey Dee, The Archies, The Kinks, Van Morrison, Buddy Holly, The Rascals, The Beach Boys, Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson, George Strait, Clint Black, Tracy Chapman, Bill Monroe, Bob Marley, Bonnie Raitt, Dwyght Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks, Zac Brown, Sara Evans, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nancy Stewart, Patsy Cline, Pam Tillis, The Osbourne Brothers, Neil Diamond, Bobby Gentry, Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Joan Baez, Patty Loveless, Tanya Tucker, Anne Murray, Dixie Chicks, The Judds, Brooks & Dunn, Shania Twain, Tracy Byrd, Taylor Swift, The Tractors, Harry Belafonte, Carrie Underwood, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Nancy Sinatra, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Steppenwolf, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Yes, UFO, Deep Purple, Don McLean, The Zombies, Stray Cats, BW Stevenson, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jackson Brown, Doobie Brothers, Buffalo Springfield, The Eagles, Aerosmith, Otis Redding, Steve Miller, John Lennon, Heart, Thunderclap Newman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jimmy Buffett, Don McLean, Bob Segar, America,The Animals, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Neil Young, REO Speedwagon, Journey, Pat Benatar, Ted Nugent, Eddie Money, The Knack, Melissa Ethridge, Bangles, Blues Traveler, Belinda Carlisle,Tesla, Cyndi Lauper, The Romantics, Katrina & the Waves, Cheap Trick, John Cougar, Tom Petty, Blondie, Madonna, Robert Palmer, Alana Myles, Phil Collins, Pink Floyd, Daniel Powter, Selena Gomez, The Cranberries, Jewel, Alanis, Green Day, No Doubt, Black Crowes, Creed, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Live, Sheryl Crow, KT Tunstall, U2, Blind Melon, 4 Non Blondes, Sarah McGlaughlin, Keane, Radiohead, Taylor Swift, Pharrel Williams, American Authors, Phillip Phillips, Bastille, Katy Perry, Sarah Barielles, 1D, Jason Mratz, Ingrid Michaelson,
some of the many Optic originals which incorporate all of the influences of these two musical artists.