Blake has been playing music since he was 5. He studied piano and guitar as a child and played in Minneapolis bands as a teen. He picked up the mandolin while living in northern Washington he picked up the mandolin and banjo. After returning to Minnesota he studied with mandolin master Peter Ostroushko. In 2000, he entered McNally Smith College of Music where he studied under legendary Jazz guitarist Mike elliot among others.
After graduating with a degree in guitar performance, Blake played in a local bluegrass band and several jazz bands before moving to Tampa Florida to join Middle Rhythm Session. MRS toured the country while settling in their studio/venue/home outside of Tampa. Blake left MRS in 2007 to join roots Reggae band Tribal Style (multiple winner of best of the bay reggae band and best band).
Tribal Style, and intensely original quartet consisting of three brothers and Blake, were raised in Westmoreland, Jamaica, and moved to California in the 90's. Now residing in tampa, since blake joined, the band, they have shared the stage with Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Steel Pulse, Toots and the Maytals, Morgan Heritage, Eek a Mouse, Yellowman and many other reggae giants.
In 2008, blake and drummer Matt Salvador formed the New orleans tribute band Swamp Logic. The five piece band brings the New Orleans sound to Tampa paying tribute to Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, Louis Armstrong and more.
Blake is also half of the Reggae duo Black & Tenn. Playing mostly smaller venues in the bay area they were featured at the Ybor City festival Tropical heatwave.
Recently, he joined Easy Posse, a country band as a lead guitarist. They play weekly in tampa Bay at a line dance club and have opened for several large country acts such as Gretchen Wilson and Chris Cagle.
Blake is alo a popular guitar, piano, mandolin,violin, ukulele and bass teacher. He has around 50 students and currently has a wait.
Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton, Radiohead, Bob Marley, Tom Waits, Dr John, Neville Brothers, Phish, Prince, Louis Armstrong, Black Crowes, Anders Osborne, The Beatles, Elvis, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, John Cleary, Sam Bush, Pink Floyd, Chris Thile, Tony Rice, Sublime, UB40
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 15 - 240 minutes
I can do solo guitar, instrumental (jazz, classical, folk etc..) or with singing (folk, classic rock, funk, blues, reggae, beach, most styles I can and will do). I will bring full pa and everything I would need to perform. I also carry a large collection of music for set break music, or if you prefer i can just play music from my collection or from a device you give me. I also provide microphones if needed for whomever wishes to use one, speeches etc..Very flexible and accommodating during the gig, things happen, adjustments need to be made. I love my life in music so I will make it happen!!
I can rent anything I dont have, or you could rent it if you dont have it allready....but, heres what i dont have
Payment day of the event is fine. Cancellation must be in advance or full payment required. I will provide everything I need to make sound, just need a power source. I do not own lights or staging but anything can be rented. I do not drink so need for bar tab etc, just payment for gig is great.
With the power of the internet and ipads I literally can play any song on the spot. I typically do blues/jazz/reggae/classic rock/folk/jam/bluegrass/pretty instrumental. I can accommodate quite well, but Im not a Jimmy Buffett guy, and I refuse to play Nickleback! ( :
Id be happy to send a set list of something I might do depending on what genre your interested in.
Past Booked Dates:
06-29-2012 — Ellas American Folk Art Cafe
06-22-2012 — Yeomans Road Pub
06-21-2012 — The Waterin Trough
02-26-2012 — the dubliner, tampa, reggae
02-25-2012 — The Hub, Tampa, reggae
02-24-2012 — Ocala, Jam band
02-17-2012 — Obriens Pub, New Orleans band
02-12-2012 — The Dubliner South Tampa, reggae
02-10-2012 — Private fundraiser St Pete
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