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Steve Throop Group / Bio

~Steve Throop~
A native Californian Steve got an early start honing his craft in the Golden State Boys Choir at the age of ten. Fronting his first band at 16 after seeing the 1979 San Francisco Blues Festival. Fronting numerous bands including Bay Area favorites “Old Habits” and “The Space Heaters”. Sharing the stage with many legendary and award winning artists while staying in the forefront of the West Coast Music Scene for over 25 years. Forming the Steve Throop Group, ‘STG” in 1998.
Known for having a very dynamic, energetic and unique style. With an honest, heartfelt delivery that evokes a full range of emotions. The “Big Man” as he’s frequently called definitely has a commanding stage presence standing at over 6’3” at a little under 300 pounds. Yet remarkably having the vocal range to cover James Brown squeals and Johnny Adams falsettos all the way to the raspy growls and howls of Howlin’Wolf and smooth baritone and bass of Joe Williams.
To quote the phenomenal Blues Songstress Miss Nora Cruz, “ He’s definitely not your average performer, Definitely not your average vocalist and definitely someone you won’t to soon forget.

~Robert "Robroy" Hager~
Or "Harmonica Head" Hager as he is also known was born and bred in California as well and is one of the founding members of STG. A consummate professional that creates, designs and builds his own Amps mics and pick ups as well as most of his other musical equipment. A musicians musician, he plays harmonica as well as he plays guitar. Blending a very unique yet familiar sound to everything he plays. Hendrix, Clapton, Santana, Freddie. BB or Albert King. Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan. Butterfied Little Walter,Sonny Terry and Sonny Boy He can cover all the blues greats along with having his own sound. Rooted in the Blues yet able to span all popular genres tastefully and effortlessly. With a huge bag of guitar and Harmonica licks and tricks Robroy is one of the most highly respected musicians on the Bay Area Blues scene. Hager and Throop have been playing together almost 20 years which is very apparent the way they intuitively work together on stage.

~Steve Pearson~
Hailing from the Southern California area Mr. Pearson comes from the L.A. Jazz / Blues scene. Known for being a sessions player he has recently come onto the "Live Music" scene in the Bay Area. Playing with numerous bands the likes of The Roomshakers and Funkrenomicon before hooking up with STG. His spot on synthesizer patches add a unique diversity to his keyboard playing. At any time bringing a full horn section or strings to the mix adding new dimensions to the bands sound. Along with being a very accomplished Jazz and Blues pianist Steve is a welcome addition to Steve Throop Group.

~David Desilva~
Ultra talented, Multi genre and one of most highly sought after Bassist in the Bay Area. Dave now brings his Bass thunder to STG. Being one of the younger members doesn't mean he lacks in experience. Quite the opposite as a matter of fact. He has been touring the world as a Professional musician for almost a decade. Playing to crowds of 20,000 people is just in another days work. Honing his Blues chops with Mike Osborn and John Garcia just for a start .

~Scotty"Dawg" Griffin~
Scotty has been playing drums as long as he can remember. Honing his craft and making a name for himself in the SF Bay area. Out on the road for many years to chase the dream. Playing virtually everywhere with every one that was someone. Now the dream has brought him back to the Bay Area. Regularly sharing the spotlight with Grammy nominees and Music Legends. Always in the mix playing with the Best of the Best as well as playing with STG. Scotty does every Wednesday at the well known Blues Club The PoorHouse Bistro in San Jose with Blues Legend Ron Thompson.

~Rick Hoornbeck~
Originally from New York Rick is a Sound Engineer who runs his own studio and Bassist for STG. He plays anything with strings, and plays it well~! He has been a permanent fixture of the Bay Area's who's who for over 30 years. He has played with wide variety of famous musicians. Folks who have played Woodstock, Monterey Pop and just about every Blues Festival or Major Music Festival that has been played in California. Also lending his talents to well known bands like Variant Soul and The Roadhouse Ramblers.

~Will McDougal~
Another Cali boy, Will the Thrill as he's known has the most formal musical pedigree in the band. Having a depth of playing ability that most will never know. Then adding to that a member of the Doobie Brothers as a teacher and mentor, Will has fastracked his way up the musicians ladder. At the young age of 21 he brings a full range of Piano, Organ and Synthesizer skills to the mix. He's studied with the infamous Jazz Man Ray Brown as well and is currently finishing his degree in Music at San Jose State. With Touring with Superior Olive and playing with The White Album Ensemble already under his belt STG's proud to have him aboard.

~FuzzyJohn Oxendine~
Trap kit or washboard. Congas, Bongos anything percussive. Always on time FuzzyJohn Oxendine comes with a pedigree that reads like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Members list. Having played at Monterey Pop in the beginning of his career he went up from there. Moby Grape, Jerry Miller Band, Sons of Champlin, Rhythm Dukes, Boz Scaggs and the list goes on. Having Fuzzy in the band just makes it easy! Always in the pocket and doing what needs to be done it's an honor and a pleasure to have John in the band.

General Info

Band Members
Steve Throop - Vocals, Robert Hager - Guitar, Steve Pearson - Keyboard, David Desilva - Bass, Scotty Griffin - Drums, LeRoy Rick Hoornbeck - Bass, Will McDougal - Keyboard, FuzzyJohn Oxendine - Drums
Artist Name
Steve Throop Group
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Blues / Funkified Blues Eyed Soul / Funky R&B & Soul Rockin'Blues

Contact Info

Santa Cruz, CA
Collin Samuels / BigHook Productions Ltd.