Still Beating: Heartbeat pumps up the expo crowd

Heartbeat has performed at spots around the area, like the Gaslight Music Hall. (Heartbeat/Submitted)

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Heartbeat was one of Southern Arizona’s most popular rock/oldies bands from 2008 to 2018, performing Top 40 hits from the 1950s to 1990s. 

After disbanding in 2018, the act is beating again and playing throughout the day at the Lovin’ Life After 50 Expo in Tucson. 

Since reforming, Heartbeat has played to packed houses in Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Casa Grande, Oracle and Phoenix including Monterey Court, St. Philip’s Plaza Main Stage, Gaslight Music Hall, Sun City Phoenix, SaddleBrooke Ranch and a variety of RV Parks. 

The band features Jim Waln (drums/lead singer), Dr. Jim Keleher (lead guitar/lead singer), Rob Francis (guitar/keyboards) and John Reagan (bass/backup vocals). 

“The guys in Heartbeat grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, and we have been playing classic rock oldies since we were teenagers,” says Waln, founding member. “The guys have as much fun playing as the folks dancing.”