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LowDown 13 / Bio

“Bands are bands and musicians are musicians. Occasionally, a band comes along that is exceptional. Musicians, too. In the case of blues band Lowdown 13, they are not only exceptional, but must be considered a phenomenon”
You don’t really know what to think about these cats. They’ve been around a long time but you’ve never heard of them?? Well, they’ve decided to show up, show off, and they’re expanding like a house on fire. That’s what it’s all about. After 5 minutes of their show you can feel the heat crawling up your legs and if don’t know how to dance... well, we won’t force you but probably some of the beautiful ladies on the dance floor might!!
Come and join us on this little trip filled with a lot of Americana-Chicago-Texas blues music spiced up with a couple of good ballads. Then clap your hands, stomp your feet, move your hips and let your soul feel the waves of happiness and gratefulness coming over you.
A big Blues lover from down south in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Guillermo Willy Lojo has always been influenced by all the different Delta, Chicago, Texas and West Coast roots, as well as singers like Ray Charles, Solomon Burke, Joe Tex and many others. Willy, known throughout the South Florida Blues scene, uses all the tools available to put on a good show and have fun on stage, hoping audiences will join in every time the band performs. After being part of some other bands in the past and is now the singer and harp player of LowDown 13.
While still in high school, Canadian born Mario LaCasse became a member of Misbehavin, a band whose influences of Texas country, blues and rock, became the staples of a developing guitar style. Very early on, it became obvious that the talent and desire was there; that he not only comfortably played these styles, but played them with an energy and emotion that was undeniable. Today, after more than 30 years of playing from south Florida to Texas and back, he is now the one that inspires and influences guitarists who see him play. The undeniable charisma in his playing has led to comments from his peers as being THE REAL DEAL and a south Florida guitar monster while being one of the most respected and liked guitar players in the area.
With a life-long appreciation of blues and roots music, Steve Strickland has become an encyclopedia of the genre. Born and raised in Chicago, cutting his teeth in the local blues scene has given Steve a first-hand experience on how it’s done for real. Understated and extremely precise, his bass playing becomes the glue that holds a song together.
Rich Conklin has been playing drums since the age of 7, and soon afterwards, began expanding his eyes and ears to all different styles of music: studying Jazz/Fusion; Indian & Latin rhythms; Blues; and more. Over the last 25 years, he has been featured on many recordings and has played venues from New York and Boston down to Miami and beyond. During this time he has developed a love for west coast blues, a style in the same vein as Lowdown 13, so it seemed a natural fit.

General Info

Band Members
Willy Lojo, Mario LaCasse, Steve Strickland, Rich Conklin
Artist Name
LowDown 13
Home Page
Active Since
Blues / West Coast Blues / Swing Blues

Contact Info

West Palm Beach, FL

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