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145th Street Deluxe Blues Band
Steve Bulger - Vocals & Harp
Steve is a raw, expressive vocalist and an exceptional, energetic harmonica player who has been playing and singing the blues since 1961. Steve grew up in the blue-collar city of Lawrence, Mass and moved to Boston in his late teens so he could frequent its blues clubs large and small. In those impressionable years he was fortunate to see great blues artists like Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, George “Harmonica” Smith and James Cotton. In addition to watching these distinguished players it was after seeing Paul Butterfield and his Blues Band that Steve decided to always pursue his love for the blues as more than a hobby. Decades later Steve is still driven by the blues and Paul Butterfield remains his career’s strongest influence.
Marco Marrewa - Guitar
Marco is an intense and passionate person that takes his zest for life and injects it into his guitar playing. His love of all music, especially the blues, is inherent and profound. Early in his teens he heard two blazing guitar players that changed his life forever, the late Stevie Ray Vaughn and Albert King. These two players inspired Marco to pick up the guitar and he has yet to put it down. His style, firmly rooted although not limited to the blues, is uniquely his own. He blends soft and subtle melodic lines with soulful bends and fierce slide playing.
Mike Bullit - 6 String Bass
Mike is the killer, pro bass player. When he lays it down, it’s stayin’ down. He started playing music while in high school in the ‘60s. This led to playing the bar/club scene and to numerous gigs in L.A. and San Francisco. He landed in Las Vegas in a show band, which eventually toured most major cities in the U.S. and Canada. After touring, Mike ended up in Chicago where he played for five years with The Love Train and The Peter Brown Band. He was hired for a gig in Hawaii and stayed for eighteen years playing with top recording artists, Nohelani Cypriano and Henry Kapono and all the local clubs and major hotels. Mike returned to San Diego and once again played in the local music scene. He feels fortunate to have been gigging steadily over the years. Mike says, “Miles of Smiles and Shows and a Lifetime of Blues and Funk.”
Tony "Priest" Peterson - Drums
Tony is a dynamic drummer and vocalist from Chicago. His drumming is powerful, steady and tasty; his vocals are strong and harmonious. He has had the great fortune of playing with some of Chicago's own blues greats, including Willie Dixon and Roebuck "Pops" Staples, as well as many local gospel artists. Tony's musical journey took him to New Orleans in 1992, where he performed in nearly every club on Bourbon Street. He has toured with former Tower of Power front man Lenny Williams and up and coming guitar legend Josh Smith and the Frost, in addition to several local artists. When the winds of Hurricane Katrina blew Tony out of New Orleans, he found himself in San Diego, where he hooked up with 145th Street and now anchors one of the West Coast's strongest rhythm sections.
Walter Gentry - Saxophone
Walter Gentry is a saxophone virtuoso. His paying on alto, tenor and soprano saxophones is commanding and entrancing. He is a San Diego native, whose music has taken him cross country and around the world. In New Orleans, he was the featured player in several bands. Walter also toured and traveled to Brazil, where he wowed audiences nightly with his incredible playing. His travels took him to the Midwest, where he was a staple on the Blues scene in Chicago and Indiana, playing in such clubs as B.L.U.E.S., Lee's Unleaded Blues and Blue Chicago. Upon returning to San Diego, he joined 145th Street where you'll find him blowing audiences away with his magic horns!