Sanfuentes is an accomplished drummer and percussionist. He's
recorded and performed with many local musicians and national
the last two decades. Antoine
is also an Emmy-award winning media executive and documentary
thirty-five years Pete Ragusa was the driving force on drums
with The Nighthawks. In January of 2010 Pete left the group
to pursue other musical interests and has become one of the
most sought after sidemen in the Washington, D.C. area and continues
playing drums for a number of groups and artists., producing
and writing songs as well as playing percussion with The Arlington
In a Washington Post review of a Nighthawks live show Pete was
described as "...
the Rock Of Gibraltar"
Rutherford (Guitar, Slide)
Andy is another veteran sideman of the DC scene. He has played
with Ruthie and The Wranglers, Little Pink, The Hula Monsters,
J.P. McDermott & Western Bop and Zydeco Crayz among others.
Andy has been nominated for several WAMMIEs as well.
bassist John Previti grew up in the Southern Maryland-D.C. area
during the early sixties, immersed in the regions bubbling
cauldron of musical styles: swing, country, jazz, R&B, soul
and the roots of rockabilly. In fourth grade he was strongly
drawn to classical oboe and pursued it for five years.
By high school, the lure of rock and roll was too great. Electric
bass was the rock instrument that spoke to him and within a
year, John was playing in his high schools stage band
and getting his first paying gigs. In college he was drawn to
the upright bass, seriously studying both jazz and classical
bass at Prince George Community College.
In 1976, jamming on electric bass at a guitar shop in his hometown
of Clinton, MD., he met guitar great Danny Gatton. Danny liked
his playing so much he invited John to join the band he was
just starting. That group went on to make guitar history and,
with one hiatus, John played with Danny for the next eighteen
In addition to Danny Gatton, John has played with a number of
amazing musicians. The list includes Paul Simon, Doc Cheatham,
Charlie Byrd, Joey DeFrancesco, Buddy Emmons, Herb Ellis, Les
Paul, Emmylou Harris, Arlen Roth, Johnny Winter, Buddy Charleton,
Chick Hall Jr., Dale Watson, Bill Kirchen, Billy Hancock, Big
Joe Maher,Brooks Tegler, Jim Stephanson, Joe Walsh, Greg Bissonette,
Barrett Deems, T-99 Nelson, Floyd Dixon, Jimmmy McCracklin,
Lenny Breau, Bill Watrous, Steve Abshire, Bernard Sweetney,
Alan Vache', John MacCutcheon, Rick Whitehead,Barry Hart, and
John performs today with a number of groups, including Big Joe
Maher's Big Three Trioand Big Four Combo, and the Rick Whitehead
Trio. In a labor of love, he leads theMingus-Monk Tribute Big
Band, which performs highly original arrangements of Mingus
and Monk classics in monthly appearances. He's also part of
the groupTriplicity, along with former Gatton drummer Timm Biery.
His first recording as a leader, Swinging Lullabies For
My Rosetta (Mapleshade 09632)) has received tremendous
reviews. Other recent recordings include a Tribute to Danny
Gatton with Big Joe Mayer and Joe Stanley (Mapleshade 03852),
and a swing session with John Cocuzzi, Alan Vaché and
Big Joe (Wildchild! 06652).
Over the years, John's won a number of awards for his rare talent.
These include WAMA "Wammie" awards for Musician of
the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, and Album of the Year.
try an Internet search on award-winning drummer Andy Hamburger
unless you've got a lot of time. Andy's one of the busiest working
drummers in the Mid-Atlantic region, and with good reason: he
does it all.
From rock to funk, jazz to new age, blues to latin, Andy has
covered an amazingly wide range of musical styles for more than
20 years, and does it so well that he's in high demand by band
leaders and recording studios. He has credits on several dozen
albums, and well over a hundred local and national commercials
and movie trailers.
performed or recorded with Side FX, the Junkyard Saints, the
Natty Beaux, Op-Critical, the Mary Ann Redmond Band, Cathy Ponton
King, Al Williams and Friends, John Palumbo's Cruel Shoes, Big
Cam and the Lifters, and Field Day, as well as The Temptations,
Harold Melvin's BlueNotes, The Ink Spots, Tim Eyerman, Patty
Reese, The Coasters, Drifters, The Platters, The Marvelettes,
Chick Willis, Jacques Saxman Johnson, Little Margie Clark(from
James Brown and The Fabulous Jewels), Julia Nixon, and too many
and headliners to list.
If you hang out in Washington, DC, you've probably seen him
play - he's appeared at most music venues there from the Kennedy
Center to Blues Alley to Strathmore Hall. In addition, Andy's
taught younger drummers at the Levine School's Summer Rock Camp
and maintains a constantly crowded schedule of recording sessions
Paladino is a legendary keyboard player in the Washington, D.C.
area where he has performed with some of the regions top
pop, rock & roll, country & western, and R&B performing
artists for more than six decades. Cited in Mark Opsasnicks
book CAPITOL ROCK for his outstanding work with such bands as
the Off Keys, Roy Clark and the Stardusters, and the Fablons,
among others, Paladino has carved out a national reputation
in recent times as a versatile, dependable and immensely talented
organist for a series of nationally-renowned touring and recording
musical acts including guitarist Danny Gatton, Avenue Grand,
Detour, and Sonny Tils Orioles.
was raised in the shadow of the nations capital in Bladensburg,
Maryland, where as a teenager at Bladensburg Junior High during
the 1950s he became enamored with the music of pianists such
as Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Huey Smith. During this
time he excelled on piano and formed the Off Keys, one of the
very first local bands to perform rock & roll music at area
teen clubs and parties. Late in the decade as Paladino finished
his studies at Bladensburg Senior High School, the Off Keys
achieved lofty status for their weekly, standing room-only concert
performances at the Bladensburg Fire Department, along with
equally impressive engagements at the Hyattsville Armory, the
Greenbelt Armory, television appearances on the Milt Grant Show
in Washington and the Ted Mack Amateur Hour in New York City,
and night club dates at local venues like the Dixie Pig in Cottage
City, where, during the spring of 1959, they opened for, and,
at times, shared the stage with Charlie Daniels and the Jaguars.
the fall of 1959 to August 1960 Paladino was the piano player
for Roy Clark and the Stardusters, a country & western and
rock & roll band that worked the best night clubs in and
around the nations capital including the Crossroads, Stricks,
the Village Barn, and the weekend country music Town and
Country jam sessions that were held in Washington at the
Capitol Arena (formerly Turners Arena) at 14th and W Streets
NW and featured stars such as Jimmy Dean, guitarist Billy Grammer,
and Dub Howington and the Tennessee Haymakers. After Clark left
this band he ventured to Las Vegas where he became the lead
guitarist for Wanda Jackson and went on to fame and fortune
as a country music guitarist and noted personality on the television
1960s saw Paladino concentrate on night club work in Washington,
with the Rocket Room on New York Avenue becoming one of his
primary stages of choice. It was there that he performed with
some of the citys top rock & roll bands including
the Perry Mates, the Peppermint Stix, Little Hugh and the Embers
featuring Little Linda Lou, and the Fablons, and regularly participated
in jam sessions which musicians such as famed blues-rock guitarist
Roy Buchanan. During the 1970s he spent time with bands such
as the Classics and the Naturals, and worked frequently with
local musical legends such as saxophonists Joe Stanley and Ralph
McDuffie. From 1975 to 1992 he was a member of the classic rock
band Reliance, and spent the 1990s working with the highly acclaimed
oldies band Avenue Grand, the Young Bucks (who backed up a number
of top R&B artists including the Drifters and Gene Chandler),
and the American Music Company with legendary American rock
guitarist Danny Gatton.
1995 Paladino began a ten-year run with the band Detour, a national
classic rock & roll and country & western act that toured
the United States, sharing festival bills and opening arena
concerts for some of the biggest names in the entertainment
industry including Marty Stuart, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Jo
Dee Messina, Big and Rich, the Kentucky Headhunters, Phil Vassar,
Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Confederate Railroad, Martina McBride,
Junior Brown, Blackhawk, Sammy Kershaw, Louise Mandrell, Blake
Skelton, Ricochet, Aaron Tippin, Steve Wariner, and Blood, Sweat
& Tears. In recent years he has also worked locally in such
top-rated rock & roll outfits as the Shades, Great Train
Robbery, Random Impact, The Southern Drifters, and the Dangertones.
Today Sam Paladino continues to delight and dazzle music fans
of all ages throughout the Mid-Atlantic states with his dynamic
piano and organ playing. Currently performing with such top-flight
acts as the Paulverizers, the American Music Company, the Esquires,
guitar legend Frank Shegogue, Wilson Pickett's guitarist David
Panzer, the Esquires, The Jimmy Cole Band, Rebound, and Sonny
Tils Orioles (since 1990), he remains a master of his
craft, a seasoned veteran of the concert stage, and a cultural
living legend of the nations capital who enjoys a vast
and devoted following of music lovers who marvel at his extraordinary
keyboard skills. On October 13, 2013, Sam Paladino was inducted
into the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame.
Pianist and vocalist, Tim Ford, has been a professional musician
for forty years. Performing mostly in the Washington DC area,
Tim has performed such venues as, The Kennedy Center, Blues
Alley, Carter Baron Amphitheater. Tim performs an eclectic mix
of music from early jazz, New Orleans jazz and blues, songs
from The American Song Book, Jump Blues and early rock and roll
as well as 50's and 60's jazz. Check out Tim's CD, I'm In The
Mood For A Classic, featuring jazz saxophone legend Phil Woods.
is the consummate guitarist in the style of soulful blues, country,
and zydeco styles.
was born in Chicago, his family moved to Southern California
when he was a few months old. He grew up in Tarazana, and in
the Antelope Valley, near Lancaster Ca. Mike played guitar at
16 and he was part of a group of musicians that got to meet
Don Van Vliet (Capt. Beefheart) and then several years later,
he met Frank Zappa, when Frank had a band called Omens. Mike
used to frequent clubs where the Omens played their music, before
Zappa became renowned for his band the Mothers of Invention.
joined the US NAVY 1965, where he was a disc jockey for Armed
Forces Radio on
a giant guided missle cruiser in the Mediterranean. Mike stayed
in the Navy for
3 years, and thats where he met a friend of famed Arkansas
guitarist Roy Buchanan, who
introduced Mike to Buchanan's style of guitar playing.
In 1972, Mike attended a Hollywood Bowl Concert that featured
Buchanan and his band the Snakestretchers, (about the time Roys
second album came out). Mike met Roy backstage, by befriending
someone who was writing for a music magazine. Mike says that
connection with Buchanan was cemented when he told Roy he had
a 52 Telecaster, and
then Roy said, go get the guitar and bring it to my hotel
room. Roy began showing
Mike guitar techniques, and they talked about pursuing more
get togethers over guitar
technique in the future.
spark came then for Mike to pack up from Southern California
and move to the East Coast and pursue guitar with Roys
mentorship. Mike decided he wanted to pursue Roys tutelage
and move to Northern Virginia, where Roy was living Lovettsville,
Va. with his wife Judy. Buchanan was with the Polydor label
at that time and touring with his band extensively.
Mike moved to Hyattsville, Md. in 1973. He began to meet the
DC area musicians and Nighthawks guitarist Jimmy Thackery, suggested
to Mike, that he seek out Danny Gatton, the virtuoso guitarist.
Like Buchanan, Danny Gatton was known to play mindblowing techniques
on his Telecaster guitar.
Mike played in various bands, in multitudes of clubs all over
MD/VA; some of them were just jams and country and blues country
bands, which led to
a gig with Heavy Country, which was one of the most poplular
bands in the tri state area for
many years. Heavy Country played the famed Crossroads Club in
Bladensburg, Maryland, which
Roy Buchanan also put on the map with his incredible style of
County got hired by R n B hit maker Big Al Downing who
scored a top 10 hit on the country charts, with the songs, Mr.
Jones and Touch Me. After Mike left Heavy
Country, he played in bars with numerous bands, including the
Smut Brothers with Mark Stutso, and Big Andy Margileth
on bass (Mark
Stutso now plays with the Nighthhawks), and then Mike met Buckwheat
Zydeco, (Stanley Dural) at the 8 x 10 Club in Baltimore, and
was invited to join the band in 1989.
then, its been a happy collaboration with Buck and his
band, chalking up hundreds
of thousands of miles on the road, A Grammy Award winning album
(Lay Your Burden Down)
millions of fans all over the world, and many tours to Europe
playing Buckwheat Zydeco's brand of
New Orleans music and rock for international audiences.
Melchione continues to contribute his strong Roy Buchanan intense
style of country and blues guitar
to many bands in the Washington DC area, including Cathy Ponton
and the country / rhythm and blues band Lost Highway, and as
a sought after studio session player.
the year 2013, Mike produced his first solo album, with King's
husband, producer Jeff King, BLUE
COLLAR GUITAR, featuring his own singing and songwriting,
as well as covers of
Blues After Hours, a signature Roy Buchanan slow burning
blues, and a haunting instrumental
version of Wichita Lineman.