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.
Shari Puorto and her band (SPB) have 5 releases to-date with the most recent two being, Live at Bogie’s and My Obsession. 'Live at Bogie's' took home the WIN for Best Live Release at the LA Music Critic Awards. Shari’s music has charted and appeared on the RMR Music Reports Top 50 in the following categories: Top 50 Blues Album, Top 50 Blues Contemporary Album, Blues Song: Home of the Blues & Sugar Daddy, Top 50 California Song Chart (Home of the Blues), Contemporary Blues Song (MY Obsession), Top 50 California Album. Shari’s music has been getting International and National airplay airing on over 200 Radio stations across the US and abroad.
Shari Puorto Band has 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.
SHARI PUORTO BAND
Doug Woolverton - Trumpet & Bass (when not on tour) - Grammy Nominee 2019 for Victor Wainwright & the Train, Best Contemporary Blues Album.
When it comes to Doug Woolverton, everyone wants to know how he creates his tone, how he is able to get them off their feet! Whether you are in awe, or amazement; you will wonder how this single trumpeter will move you in a way you never expected. Yeah, he’s that good; and good natured too! When you see him, you’ll see and hear his secret weapon. It’s so secret, we can’t tell you here!
Professional musician, composer, and band leader, Doug Woolverton, has been cultivating his smooth, soulful, yet energetic trumpet sound for audiences around the world becoming one of the most in demand, versatile trumpeters of his generation. Hailing from Northern State University (Aberdeen SD) receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Trumpet performance, Doug honed in on his skills of soulful soloing, songwriting, recording, and arranging. His mentor and trumpet teacher, Dr. Grant Manhart, helped focus Doug’s sound and beautiful tone which has led to his full time career performing over 280 shows around the world each year. He’s in high demand! You may see him performing with his own band, the Groove Merchants, or alongside artists such: Aretha Franklin, Warren Haynes, Gov't Mule, John Scofield, Roomful of Blues, They Might Be Giants, The Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Donnie, Dacus, Jerry Jemmott, Bernard Purdie, Delbert McClinton, Victor Wainwright, Shemekia Copeland, Samantha Fish, James Cotton, Tab Benoit, Tony Coleman, Jim Pugh, J. Geils, Johnny Vidacovich, John Herrington, Shari Puorto, Carl Fischer, Curt Ramm, Kenni Holmen, Duke Robillard, Jimmy Haslip, Eric Bloom, (also see Discography), and other notable artists.
Eugene Gorsky - Guitar
Eugene was born and raised in the small town of Nikolaev, Ukraine. He began studying guitr at the age of 16 garnering musical inspiratin from the likes of B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, and Joe Satriani. with roots in blues and rock music, his career has ttaken him on tours around the US, Ukraine, Poland, and Russia. He's also gotten the opportunity to share the stage with artists like, robbn Ford, Stu Hamm, Jonathan Mover, "the Animals' and "Nazereth. You will also see Eugene touring with the Shari Puorto Band!
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.
Toured or Recorded with, n 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.