Born in Mud Suck, WV, J.D. is blessed with a golden throat for Blues and Rock, and an immeasurable talent for playing both lead and rhythm guitar. He has 30+ years as a musician under his belt and 20 of those have been spent in Denver, Colorado.
J.D.'s musical career, expression and experiences during that nearly three-decades of performing have been with bands like Red Rock Roosters (1 record album), Jealous Saints (3 record albums), Rachel Jane and The Hurricane, Yoko's Bitches and Direct Hit.
Mike grew up on the west side of Chicago. Raised by musician parents, he began playing guitar at an early age and had a couple of years of Viola training. By 1969, Mike had his first garage band and then started playing Sock Hops in 1972. While he was still a teenager, it wasn't unusual for him to play with guys 10-15 years older.
Mike’s bands did gigs around Chicago, and ten years of road work in 38 states followed, with performances of numerous musical styles. He performed with several house bands in Indianapolis over seven years, then went down to Austin, TX and became a regular on 6th St. for another six years. He also did a tour with Rolling Thunder from California, and traveled to Brazil for two months during that time.
Traveling back and forth to Denver a few times, Mike played with the Red Rock Rooster for a couple of years, opening for dozens of national acts. Some of Mike's influences are The Allman Brothers, Steely Dan, Chick Corea, Charlie Daniels, and many more. When he’s not performing, Mike enjoys fishing, skiing, prospecting, building guitar amps, and audio production.
Glenn Sturgis’s music career as a drummer/percussionist extraordinaire spans four decades with many diverse styles of music such as Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Country, Rock, Reggae and World music. His journey, at age 10, began with drums and continues to grow.
Glenn has shared the music stage with renowned artists as Bo Diddley (Blues), Koko Taylor (Chicago Blues), C.B. Hannibal (R&B), Mr. Brown (Jazz), Kinetic Energy (Rock & R&B), The Eliot Lewis Trio (Bay Area-Jazz Fusion), Charles Brooks Band (R&B), Shakedown Band (Blues), Brian Lee (Blues), The Tony Brown Band (Reggae), Solomon Burke (Blues), The Glenn Arm Project (Jazz Fusion/Isthmus Jazz Festival), Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits and Mary Wells (Mile High Stadium’s 105-FM Oldies Concert).
He has also opened for renown acts, Super Tramp, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Al Jarreau, Tony Brown and Ben Sidrin. He has also been a keyboard player for Tate & he Million Dollar Blues Band. Glenn’s latest music endeavor is as a keyboard player with the extraordinary, exciting and diverse group, Mean Street Blue.T
A native of Oklahoma, Gary‘s earliest musical influences were Roy Orbison, Elvis, The Kingston Trio & most notably The Beatles. He began playing rhythm guitar switching to bass in the mid-60's and cutting his musical teeth on everything from Motown & soul to rock & pop, country & easy listening.
Gary spent almost 10 years playing across the country before settling in Denver in 1982. In 1997 he founded BAD LITTLE DOGGIE & has played with several other local bands all over the Denver area.
Musical influences include: The Beatles, Cream, Allman Bros., Vanilla Fudge, CSNY, Yes,
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gov't Mule, Little Feat, The Eagles, Robben Ford, Jimi Hendrix and Steely Dan.
Influential/favorite bassists: Tim Bogert, Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce, Stanley Clarke, Allen Woody, Jaco Pastorius, Berry Oakley, Roscoe Beck & Oteil Burbridge. These influences are self evident by Gary's tasty style, unwavering tempo and rhythm. He is the soulful thumping heartbeat of Mean Street Blue.
Kenny is a 40 year resident of Colorado. He moved to Denver from Oakland, the East Bay Area of California. He has been a student of percussion and orchestra for many years. He has played in a large number of prominent regional bands throughout the state of Colorado, playing major music festivals and recording projects as well as opening for national acts such as Black Oak Arkansas, Jason Bohnam and a number of other prominent an renown acts.
Kenny's clean and down to the bone rock solid style works superbly with the new Mean Street Blue project. His style lends strong support to the demanding and explosive different styles of Rock, Funk and a solid shot of the Blues demanded by Mean Street Blue.
"Rockin, Dynamic, Soulful, ... Down to the Bone"
Mean Street Blue have been playing at my bar for over a year; after the first show I HAD to have them back regularly. They have so much talent and such great energy! After every show customers return to the bar asking when the band is playing again. It's tough to find a band out there who can play great blues and rock like these guys; with this kind of soul and musicianship you'd never believe that they didn't write every song themselves.
Not only is Mean Street Blue a very talented and professional band, the variety and genre's of music they know is amazing. From crowd pleasing favorites to the classics to Southern Rock, to Blues, to funk, and great originals, Mean Street Blues plays it all, and very well, I might add. They customize their set lists to the needs of the venue and audience, and with the amount of music they know, all of the tunes are top notch and performed beautifully. Mean Street Blue is fun, energetic, talented, and are very good at getting fans onto the dance floor and keeping them there! It's not uncommon for the fans to start singing along! Definitely a Ziggies favorite!