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The Wine Loft 3-30-2019

Dave Berntson

From: Galesburg, IL

Instruments: Harmonica, Vocals

David has presented blues harmonica to diverse groups for over 20 years. Whether you are looking to set up a series of classes for a school after-care group, adult education classes, a corporate team-building events, staff training workshops, a fun interlude at a formal dinner, group or individual advanced harmonica lessons David provides personally tailored interactive learning opportunities in a professional and relaxed setting with an emphasis on blues music, history and culture.

Berntson has presented programs at the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival (formerly the King Biscuit Blues Festival) in Helena, Arkansas, the Bishopstock Blues Festival in Exeter, England, the Nothin’ But the Blues Festival in Bloomington, Illinois and at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, Iowa. In April, 2005, Berntson was the Artist-in-Residence for the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, funded, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council and corporate contributions.

Dave is a master of Chicago, Mississippi Delta style and jump blues.

As an endorsee for Hohner harmonicas, Berntson is able to provide harmonicas for his programs.

Steve (Actor) Kilman


From: San Bernardino CA.

Instruments: Lead & Rhythm Guitar & Vocals

Recordings: Johnny Dyer & the L.A. Jukes, William Clarke’s Tip of the Top, Rod Piazza’s So Glad to have the Blues

Accomplishments: Recorded on three L.P.’s Nominated for Best Album of the year W.C. Handy Awards, Tip of the Top Won Best Album of the Year W.C. Handy Award, Tip of the Top also had a single (Must Be Jelly) that was nominated for Best Single of the year in the Blues Category Grammy Awards.

Write Ups: Guitar Player Magazine, Living Blues Magazine, Los Angeles Times and many others nationally and internationally.

Preformed with such Blues greats as: Big Joe Turner, Willie Mae (Big Mama Thornton), Willie Dixon, Lowell Fulsom, Paul Butterfield, Rod Piazza, William Clarke, Charles Musselwhite, James Harmen, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddy (Cleanhead) Vencent, Jr. Watson, Hollywood Fats, Ronnie Earl, Anson Funderburgh, Shakey Jake, Smokey Wilson, David (Kid) Ramos, and many more.

Festivals: Los Angeles Blues Festival 3 times, San Diego Blues Festival Twice, Orange County Blues Festival Twice, Long Beach Blues Festival 3 times, San Fransisco Blues Festival Twice, Riverside West Coast Blues Festival 3 times, Tulsa Blues Festival 3 times, Bixby Blues & B.B.Q. twice, Dusk till Dawn Blues Festival 4 times.

"BBQ" Bob Wallace


From: Modesto, California now living Tulsa, Oklahoma

Instruments: Bass Guitar & Vocals

Bassist Bob Wallace is a veteran of the Oklahoma and California blues scene with over 40 years experience.

The only music available as a child was Top 40 from a local AM station until he discovered Rhythm & Blues on a high powered Mexican radio station XERB which featured Wolfman Jack late at night. 50 years later the music he heard as a child still is a driving force. He studied guitar and bass under Big Band multi-instrumentalist Tommy Galindo.

Wallace has worked in many areas of the music business, including bassist/vocalist, band leader, soundman, stage security, retail music sales and owner of Wallace Sound a successful guitar and amp repair business. Over the last 4 decades he has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in blues music. 

Larry Cohen

From: Jacksonville, FL now living Tulsa, Oklahoma

Instrument : Drums

Traveled several years as drummer for top east coast show bands, has been a studio drummer in New York, was chosen by Playboy for the Playmate of the Year touring show, owned and operated a talent agency for over 30 years in Florida.

Blues shows booked and or promoted: Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Koko Taylor, Little Ed & the Blues Imperials, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, The Fabulous Thinderbirds, The Nighthawks, Tinsely Ellis, Jim Thackery & the Drivers.

I have been with the Hydramatics since early 2018 and am impressed every performance with their showmanship and their professional approach to their craft.

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