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By way of Kansas City & Chicago to San Francisco ...

Stan Erhart @ Jerry Garcia Amphitheater 2013; Photo by Jessica Levant & included in her book 'San Francisco Bay Area Jazz & Bluesicians'

Stan Erhart's roots go back to the Kansas City family farm, where hard work & play were accompanied by the pulse of John Deere tractors, V-8 cars, & country guitars -- plus the harmonica standards his Dad first wooed Mom with. Stan soon picked up his brother's baritone horn, followed by guitar, vocals, & woodwinds. Leaving Kansas City to return to school, he earned a music degree in Michigan while driving to nearby states for gigs & radio shows w/ the original progressive rock band he helped form. A subsequent move to Chicago allowed him to pursue a full schedule of private lessons & club work, while learning to deliver his 'signature stew' of R&B, Rock, & Blues. Finally relocating to San Francisco to strike out on his own, he formed one of the hardest working, well established bands in the Bay Area. They enjoy being part of the area's musical fabric & have a Grand Ole Time Dishin' Up ...

Big Plates of Roots Rockin' Good Time Music (With a Little of Everything on the Side!)

the Stan Erhart Band ...

A fun & funky mix of some of the finest musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. This group throws down the jams, covering R&B, Rock, Blues, & Soul-Jazz classics, plus their own well crafted Originals. Tunes & genres are mixed & stirred to create the band's signature danceable 'stew'. Delivering tight energetic arrangements with great vocals is what they do best.

"Stan has one of the finest voices in blues. And very skilled with the guitar."
James Fox, Radio Host @ Love Is The Song We Sing

"Soulful vocals ... scalding guitar!"
Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro, Blues Editor @ Mary4Music.com


Collaborations ...

Stan performed for several years with The Metro Fountain All-Stars, a large, multi-talented group brought together by Ted Gehrke (Metro Fest founder), and led by guitarist/vocalist JC Smith. The group released a CD, performed repeatedly at San Jose's Metro Fountain Blues Festival, sold out the Villa Montalvo Carriage House (Saratoga, CA), and closed out the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest Blues Stage. The All-Stars have included the following great players and singers (alphabetically by last name): Ron E Beck, Kaye Bohler, Maxx Cabello Jr, Chris Cain, Noel Catura, Little John Chrisley, Taylor P Collins, Stan Erhart, Mark Fenichel, John Garcia, Andy Just, Aki Kumar, Richard Palmer, Lara Price, Gary Smith, JC Smith, Endre Tarczy, and Ron Thompson.

image Stan has hosted a number of Metro Fest 'Before & After Parties' at San Jose venues such as the Fairmont, the Radisson Plaza Hotel, and the Clarion Hotel. These events attract some of the best bay area blues players, and have included jams with Guitar Shorty, members of a Roomful of Blues, and many other festival touring acts.


Working with creative musicians is its own reward, and Stan is always up for it. He's proud of the 17 year collaboration with Michael Warren (Bassist for Merl Saunders, Leo Nocentelli, Harvey Mandel & others), and he recently released a collection of originals and roots cover tunes recorded at Garth Webber's Red Rooster Studio in Berkeley, CA. The CD features Stan on lead vocals & guitar, Michael Warren on bass, Randy Hayes on drums & backing vocals, Nancy Wright on tenor sax, Mike Emerson on keyboards, and Garth Webber's killer guitar on two tracks.

Since moving to the SF Bay Area, Stan's played thousands of gigs, hosted numerous kick ass jam sessions (including a 15+ year coastside jam near Half Moon Bay, CA), has backed a multitude of musicians & singers, and continues to produce fun blow out events -- such as the long running Vets To Vets Blues Festival in Princeton by the Sea, CA. Stan was one of a long line of accomplished guitar players providing support for harp master Little John Chrisley. He's been the musical director for power house vocalist Marla Goody's 'Good-N-Plenty' Band. He's produced demos for aspiring songwriters, and recorded with stellar bands such as Risk! (Chicago), Eddie O'Neale (Michigan & Chicago), Lost Luggage (Chicago), and Dean Leto & My Blue Soul (SF Bay Area). He's produced/co-produced shows at iconic San Francisco venues such as Slim's and the Great American Music Hall, and he's helped with numerous musician benefits. It's been a good road so far, and there's a lot of traveling left to do.


Stan Erhart Band Lineups ...
Hiring great musicians makes for excellent fun. These are some of them.

Michael Warren, Bass (Leo Nocentelli [Meters], Merl Saunders, Harvey Mandel)
Steve Evans, Bass (Elvin Bishop, Etta James, Roy Rogers, Chris Cain)
Pat T, Bass (US Navy Band, Bluestate)
Marc Levine, Bass (Barry Manilow, Johnny Rivers)
Paul Olguin, Bass (Mary Wells, Brenton Wood, Shana Morrison)
Tim Wagar, Bass (Lowell Fulson, Terry Hanck, Charlie Musselwhite)
Willie Riser, Bass (Steve Gannon, Lisa Kindred, Carla Thomas)
Gary Rosen, Bass (Ron Thompson, Mark Hummel, Amy Lou's Blues)
Frank DeRose, Bass (Gary Smith, Tommy Castro, Mark Hummel, Tip of the Top)
Peter Canton, Bass (Bernie Worrell, The Hot Club of San Francisco)

Randy Hayes, Drums (Chris Cain, John Wedemeyer, Coco Montoya)
Mick Mestek, Drums (Tower of Power, Etta James, Buddy Miles)
Jackie Enx, Drums (Rhino Bucket, Chris Cobb)
Robi Bean, Drums (Chuck Prophet, Steve Freund, Steve Lucky)
Damon Hope, Drums (Merl Saunders, Maria Muldaur)
Larry Vann, Drums (Elvin Bishop, Brian Auger, Jules Broussard, Merl Saunders)
Ken Owen, Drums (Jim Campilongo, Buddy Miller, EmmyLou Harris)
Dennis Dove, Drums (John Lee Hooker, Mike Schermer, Lara Price)
Ron E Beck, Drums (Tower of Power, Bobby Womack)

Nancy Wright, Sax (John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Lonnie Mack)
Keith Crossan, Sax (Lenny Williams, Marty Balin, Tommy Castro)
Notel Catura, Sax (Chris Cain, Selmer Saxophones Endorsee)
Ken 'Snakebite' Jacobs, Sax (Neville Brothers, Temptations, Gatemouth Brown)
Jim Peterson, Sax (Mitch Woods, Steve Lucky)

Tony Stead, Keys (Sly Stone, Joe Louis Walker)
Mike Emerson, Keys (Elvin Bishop, Percy Sledge, Carlene Carter)
Herman Eberitzsch, Keys (Sy Klopps, Natasha James, Bingtones)
Roscoe Gallo, Keys (Jules Broussard, Malo, Alvon Johnson)