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Dave B and the Hotshots


Saturday, June 17 - 2 - 2:45pm - at Margaritas


This 5 piece group performing authentic interpretations of vintage R&B Jump Blues/New Orleans music from the late ‘40s through the mid ‘60s, was formed in the early ‘90s and retains three of it’s original members, Dave Birkin - sax/vocals, Mark Shelford - guitar/vocal, and Ken Steiner - acoustic bass/vocal. The current line up also includes Richard Malcolm - drums, and Jim Heffernan - keys.


In the early to mid ‘90s the group worked steadily in Fanuil Hall Market place at Cricket’s and The Marketplace Café. The group became active again in the mid 2000's. For the past 2 ½ years the band has enjoyed a residency at a Worcester club “The Sahara” and semi-annual stints for Swing City in Cambridge, and Dance2Swing in Leominster, as well as bi-monthly engagements at Smoken Joe’s in Brighton.


I began my musical career in the mid ‘70s as a member of the legendary Boston/Washington D.C. group “Powerhouse”, and had the opportunity to share the stage with many blues masters of the time including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, James Montgomery, The Nighthawks, Little Bobby Radcliff, Geoff Muldaur, experimental rock musician Frank Zappa, and avante-guard jazz master Cecil Taylor.


We look forward to the opportunity to share with you a night (afternoon, or morning!) of great music performed with integrity.


We also perform at weddings and private parties of all kinds and are happy to play special requests.




Our appearance at the 2014 Riverfest

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