Ginger Bruner - Tuba, Vocals, Rub Board
Benny Lupo - Guitar, vocals
Benny Lupo's guitar prowess started when he was just seven years old and his Father gave him his first electric 3/4 Harmony guitar and Kalamazoo amp. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan near the acclaimed Red Carpet Club. Benny would sneak out of his house to listen to the musicians at the club and after seeing his second grade teacher, Tom Carson playing there with the house band, The Lazy Eggs, found himself hooked. Benny has the warmest heart of the band, and we are honored to call him our colleague and friend.
Bill Bailey - Bass and Vocals
A native of Nevada, Bill started his musical career playing bass and trumpet in high school. Bailey graduated from Berklee College of Music after majoring in arrangement, composition and trumpet. Returning to Las Vegas Bailey became the staff bassist at the Desert Inn Hotel & Casino performing with musicians such as Mel Torme, Anthony Newley, Juliet Prowse, Jerry Lewis and Broadway Productions such as A Chorus Line and Sophisticated Ladies. Bailey augmented his career freelancing with acts such as Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Dianne Carroll, Vic Damone, Luciano Paroroti and Andrea Bocelli. Bailey is a large supporter of the local arts scene and regularly performs with the Las Vegas Symphony, the Las Vegas Philharmonic and is currently the Principal Bassist with the Nevada Chamber Symphony. As well as being a fantastic musician, he has earned himself entry into the Las Vegas' Fans Hall of Fame. He plays regularly with several local jazz, blues, and bluegrass groups, adores his grandchildren, homebrews and leads a local cycling group.
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Russ Burt - Saxophones, Flute
And featuring Special Guest Musicians
Eric "Travis" Wilson - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals.
Eric "Travis" Wilson has been playing music for money since age 14. While living in Seattle, he appeared on every network TV Station. He's received national airplay on Country, R&B, Rock and Country radio stations. He relocated to Las Vegas in 2003, performing his "Cowboy Mashup" show in comedy clubs and casinos, and producing recordings for Penn & Teller, Fantasy at the Luxor, ESPN2, BBC Television, Comedy Central and HBO. He played guitar in Andrea Boccelli's band at the Latin Grammy Awards. He wrote and recorded the music for Pawn Shop Live at the Golden Nugget. He was a cast member of Naked Boys Singing, and has appeared in "Live Burlesque In Las Vegas." Eric is thrilled beyond words to be twanging for Howlin' King Crawdad, and probably needs to buy two or three more guitars to really nail the Crawdad Sound.
Kirk Arthur - Drums, Percussion
Professional drummer ....Thirty three years based in Los Angeles now in Las Vegas.
Toured World Wide for over fifteen years with Chuck Berry. Has performed On Stage with Air Supply, Arthur Adams, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Del Shannon, Ben E. King, Gary U.S. Bonds, and many more. Kirk has performed on many TV Shows including Merv Griffin, Jerry Lewis Telethon, Los Angeles Rams Halftime Show, NASCAR 50th Anniversary Show (ESPN), Rock All Night (PBS) and Blast To the Past ( Fox/Disney) . Movie Performances including "Rollerball", TV Themes including "Joystick", "Jukebox" and "Santa Barbara" . Trained in Symphonic, Big Band, Rhythm & Blues and all forms of Rock 'N' Roll.
George Lehrfeld (AKA Howlin’ King Crawdad)- Songwriter, Vocals, Accordion, Piano, Guitar, Actor
A native to the San Francisco area of California George began piano lessons at age five. After
college, majoring in everything but music, he entered the music business by owning and
operating, The Record Exchange in Burlingame, California for twenty years. During this time
period he played keyboards with a variety of bands including, The Occupational Hazard, The
Responsibles, and The Psycherelics, playing every major venue in the Bay Area at the time
including the Mabuhay and The Stone, as well as in comedy clubs along side comics such as Jay Leno and Dana Carvey. After a trip to New Orleans he was inspired to take up the accordion and formed Howlin' King Crawdad in 1990. With the rise of popularity of Zydeco music at that time the band performed at clubs and festivals including the Isleton Crawdad Festival.
Relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2010, Lehrfeld performed with Sinsation, Jimmy Mack and the Blues Attack and The Kold Kats Howlin' King Crawdad was re-formed in 2013 and has since headlined at clubs including The Sand Dollar, Saddle 'N' Spurs and at festivals including Vegas Mardi Gras at Springs Preserve.
Miche Wilk - Vocals, Percussion,
A professional Singer, Dancer, Actress with a vocal range of three and a half octaves. Miche studied at The American Music & Dramatic Academy in New York City. Her recording resume includes the Platinum Selling Smash Hit "Wiggle It" ! Now residing in Las Vegas she has performed in Shows including "Divalicious", "Heavan's Cafe", "Caribbean Magic", "Star Trek" (on stage), and "West Side Story Revue."