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Monday, August 19, 2019

A few years ago, the paths of five musicians who have been playing in the area for years crossed – and the convergence of these paths has produced a memorable blues band worth seeing. Their repertoire featured exciting, high energy traditional blues mixed with cool jazz blues, a few hot jump tunes, silky ballads, and classic R&B.

The band’s rock solid rhythm section lays down a foundation for searing saxophone, hot guitar licks, and edgy vocals unlike any you’ll hear in town. Catch one set, and you’ll realize this band is much more than the usual three chord blues band we’ve all come to expect. This is a band that obviously has fun playing – the kind of fun that infects their audiences.

You’ll hear everything from Howlin Wolf to Miles Davis, BB King to Van Morrison, Albert Collins to Coco Montoya, Brian Setzer to Joe Cocker, Buddy Guy to Tom Waits. The common thread through all 12Pack tunes? Quality music – for the fun of it.

The band features Barry Arbogast on tenor sax, Jon Rose on bass, Greg Zark on drums, Dan Sterner on piano, and Jack “12PackJack” on guitar/vocals.



Barry Arbogast -Saxophone

Barry is without a doubt the area's finest sax player - this guy never turns down an opportunity to play!

He must have a side job or something because sometimes he'll  wait a whole week to collect his portion of the big money we make..



Andy Romanek Bass Guitar, Vocals

Founding member of the Blues Society of WNY.  Opened for BB King, Lonnie Mack and Jeff Healey in his 30 years of jammin' the Blues.
Numerous awards, but no prize money, but we haven't given up yet!



 Greg Zark - Drums, Vocals

Greg is a living legend in Western New York. He toured a few years with King Biscuit Boy in the 70's, and has probably played with every bluesman in town since then. His voice is rife with an ill spent youth...



Jack McArdle – aka 12PackJack
Guitar and Vocals

Jack began playing guitar at age 10, and has been trying to get it right since. His love of the blues stems from his depraved childhood as the son of an East Amherst physician. The treatments for his extremely damaged vocal chords seem to have no effect (except for the liver damage), yet he bravely sings his heart out for WNY audiences. 





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