Band Bio’s

Bryan McCue
Bryan, a native San Franciscan, grew up experiencing first-hand the San Francisco Sound that revolutionized the music of the late 60’s and early70’s. Bryan’s passion for the blues was ignited by seeing the original Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s last performance at the original Winterland in SF, which was the onset of his insatiable appetite for the Blues Greats, such as the 3 Kings, Albert Collins, T-Bone Walker along with the arrival of young guitarists like Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) and Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, early Allman Brothers, Santana.

Robert (Hans) Bader
Born and raised in the Midwest, Hans (Bob) Bader was fortunate enough to see and hear some of the blues greats at an early age: from Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells. These players ingrained in him his love for the blues and led him to the sounds of the Allman Bros. and eventually the Memphis & New Orleans sound, which he loves to this day. His past projects include The Bader Bros. Band; Bad Dog Blues Band;  The YardDogs; Blue Pharaohs—band with strong roots in the Blues, but with some Rock & Roll, Reggae, and Country thrown in. Some of his influences include Fred Below & Butch Trucks.

Mark Russell
Mark Russell has been laying down the low notes for various projects in the Bay Area blues scene, including the Blue Pharaohs, Eddie Neon Band, and most recently, the Nitecaps.

 

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Katie Berlent
Katie brings a strong background in both recording and live performance and has played in many diverse bands over the years, crossing several genres, including big band, jazz, reggae, Motown, rock, and most recently blues.

Michael Hoffman
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Mike was immersed in the musical heritage of his hometown from birth. The Blues that migrated from the Delta and into Memphis are as permanent a fixture as Beale Street and the Mississippi River rolling past its bluffs. The birth of Rock and Roll at Sun Records, and the unique blend of Soul and R&B from STAX and American Studios also left an impression. He paid his dues playing for tough audiences in the bars and clubs of his hometown before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mike Coll
Mike Coll has been playing Blues Harp in the Bay Area for the past two decades. He admits to a life-long love of blues music — with
emphasis on Chicago-style. His journey has lead him through several SF-based blues bands, such as the Blue Pharoahs and the Eddie Neon Blues band.  Mike aspires to capture the groove and tone of the Blues Harp greats, such as Rod Piazza, Gary Smith, Lester Butler, and Jason Ricci.