BerkStar is a group of seasoned individuals who love to have the satisfaction of entertaining you. Whether it be Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, R&B; BerkStar is prepared to give you a show that will have you talking and sharing for quite some time. We are comfortable with playing the music of the "Baby Boomers" as well as some of the Newer songs that "make sense" and is fun for everyone.
We do weddings, corporate events, and private parties. For that special event, we can provide that "little extra" to set that perfect mood(i.e. personal birthday songs) and feel good when your favorite song is played .
Give BerkStar a play; 'The Beat That Moves Ya'!!
Price Range: Contact for rates between $600-$3000
Gig Length: 90 - 160 minutes
What to Expect
BerkStar is a group of seasoned individuals who love to have the satisfaction of entertaining you from start to finish. Whether it be Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, R&B; Berkstar is prepared to give you a show that will have you talking and sharing for quite some time. We are comfortable with playing the music of the "Baby Boomers" as well as some of the Newer songs that "make sense" and is fun for everyone. Smooth soulful songs and sounds will penetrate the air for the entire evening giving everyone the opportunity to dance or groove. The Blues will always be the underlying tone for every show.
Tony Berkley formed the BerkStar Band in the Spring of 2010 after a short stint of driving an 18-wheeler. After playing in the Greater Charlotte area for the past decade, he decided to try a new area and to find more discerning audiences. While playing at the Hideout in Winston-Salem, he found the first incarnation of the band with Bassist Dennis Belt and Drummer/Vocalist Paul DeBellis. Shortly after a successful performance at Woofstock 2010, Paul decided to leave the band for other pursuits. Dennis followed soon after then Tony had to go get the "Ole' Standbys" from Charlotte. Gerald "Soul Train" Jackson-Drums, Vocals and RC Cisco-Bass provided the foundation for the rest of the summer. In the Fall Gerald was replaced by Tobias Johnson on drums and stayed with BerkStar until the early Spring 2011. A pairing together of Tony with Kenneth backing the Traditions on some spot gigs proved to be fruitful with Kenneth coming on board as full time bassist. Jeff stepped up to supply the "filler" when Tony went on his forays of solos. Ron Wiginton has provided the much needed pocket to the group which is the backbone of the bands past success.
With the new addition to the band of Mark Tritico on Drums and Zen Reinhardt on Bass, BerkStar continues to bring it's own FUNKY flavor to the musical mix! The BerkStar band is playing the regional stops currently working on it's first release due to be out by the Fall of 2017. Keep looking for the Blues and R&B on Steroids when BerkStar "LET'S IT FLY"!
Influences & Inspiration
Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, BB King, Steeley Dan, Eric Gales, Eric Johnson, Robin Trower