Shari Puorto Band is a Roots/Rock/Blues Band with a whole lotta soul who have been touring together for many years combining originals and covers. At SPB shows you will see and feel a band combining today’s Modern Root's Blues/Rock approach with yesteryears traditional Blues. Their connection with the audience and their performance onstage is infectious. With notable nominations and awards under their belt they continue to electrify audiences from Coast to Coast and abroad. If you haven't seen them yet, you must! It's an experience you will not forget. Once you see their show you will understand why people are captivated and come back for more. "We know how to bring an audience together and allow them to feel something deep within their souls they never thought existed." Shari says. You have to see them to really understand.
They have performed up and down the coast of California, across the U.S., and abroad (from large festivals to Blues Clubs to local hangouts). Past appearances range from, headlining at the Phuket Blues Rock Festival (Thailand), Fiji Int'l Jazz/Blues Festival, Doheny Blues Festival, Gator by the Bay in San Diego, Crawdaddy Blues Festival & The Animas Blues Festival in New Mexico, Beaver Creek Blues/BBQ fest, NAMM show Anaheim, Irvine Lake Blues Festival, OC Fair (So Cal.), Lexus Jazz/Blues Festival, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, Las Vegas Bike Fest opening for Kansas, Long Beach Bayou Festival, King Biscuit Blues Fest (Helena Arkansas), Biscuit & Blues / San Francisco, TheTorch Club (Sacramento), Little Bear (Evergreen, CO), Knuckleheads (Kansas City), Cafe Boogaloo/Hermosa Bch, Harvelle's/Santa Monica, Powerhouse Pub / Folsom, CA, to name a few.
John DePatie - Guitar
John DePatie has been guitarist for Nancy Sinatra since 2004 and with Leif Garrett since 2011. His command of a diverse number of styles keeps him in demand for live performances and recording sessions in Los Angeles. He is currently finishing up the followup to 2013's “Acoustimania”, a CD of all original acoustic duets he recorded with keyboardist Don Randi from the Wrecking Crew. It consists largely of material from the Beach Boys catalog, and many of the songs featured Randi on the original recordings. In 2015 the soundtrack for the Wrecking Crew film featured a DePatie/Randi composition called “DePatie Melt.”
DePatie began working with blues singer Shari Puorto in December, 2015. The band has already opened for Philip Sayce as well as Phil Collen/Rob DeLeo's new all-star group Delta Deep, and there are shows lined up through July.
In 2014 Cathouse Thursday, a group with whom DePatie has worked for years, released “Jezebel”, which was commissioned by Sonoton, the largest independent music library in the world. Cathouse Thursday are the recipients of numerous awards including “Best Band”, by the LA Film Awards.
In 2013 DePatie released a solo EP entitled “Psychedelic Cowboy” which was hailed as “inspired”, and performed in Oslo, Norway as part of a guitar festival honoring Norwegian guitar legend Marius Muller. In a review of the EP, heartheindie.com said “...the most valuable aspects of the music, the guitars, sound superb...” Several compositions co-written by DePatie and Side FX singer Kim Cameron have made it to the charts including “Not Into You”, which made it to #17 on the Billboard Dance Chart in 2013. DePatie's music has also been used on HBO and PBS and in several films, and in products by Yamaha and EMU.
Frank Scarpelli - Bass
A native of New York, Frank Scarpelli has enjoyed a career as a professional musician for more than 30 years. Coming from the New York punk scene of the late 70's and early 80's he relocated to Los Angeles in 1984. He has worked with such notable artists as Cyndi Lauper, Alanis Morissette, Kelly Clarkson, Dave Bowie, Steve Vai, Eric Martin, Dave Navarro, Ronnie Montrose, Coolio, Johnny Rivers as well as many others. Frank can also be heard on numerous sound tracks most recently, Saw and Underworld.
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In addition to the Shari Puorto Band, Alanis Morissette, Bob Gentry, Bruce Willis, Charlie Clauser (Nine Inch Nails), Cyndi Lauper, Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), David Bowie, Johnny Rivers, Kelly Clarkson, Lamont Dozier (Motown), Lee Oskar (War), Ronnie Montrose, Steve Vai (Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth)
Mike Sauer - Drums
Originally from Albuquerque, Mike Sauer studied percussion at the University of New Mexico and then moved to Los Angeles to attend the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Graduating with Vocational Honors and receiving the Award for “Outstanding Stylist - All Styles,” he toured the U.S. drumming for the Bentley Bros. Circus. Returning to Los Angeles, he joined J.J. "Bad Boy" Jones and was featured in Los Angeles Magazine as LA's Best Blues.
Mike has performed with or recorded for artists including Mick Jagger, Keb' Mo, Edgar Synigal (Music Director for B.B. King), The Royal Crown Review, Will Ray (The Hellecasters), Jimmy Rip (Mariah Carey, Mick Jagger), and Todd Nichols (Toad the Wet Sprocket).
During his four years as the Music Librarian for The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Mike had the good fortune to work directly with many incredible musicians including Herbie Hancock, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Koz, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Rickey Minor, Paul Jackson Jr., and Nathan East. Since 2013, Mike has been performing and touring with the Shari Puorto Band
Jon Greathouse - Keys
In addition to performing with the Shari Puorto Band, Jon Greathouse has played piano and keyboards for tours, showcases, concerts, trade shows, TV sitcoms and celebrity benefits nationally and internationally, with over 30 different acts such as, guitarist Albert Lee, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Tom Hanks, Ron Dante, and The Drifters.
Scored music for 18 feature film releases, placed over 500 of his library tracks in 60 different TV programs, and written music for corporate industrial films, internet websites, video games, movie trailers, live stage productions, instructional DVDs, and over 90 TV and radio commercials. Performed on soundtracks for numerous network and cable television shows, documentaries, video games, and commercials and has appeared on 19 albums for various bands and projects, either as a performer or producer.