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PHIL ROBINS

Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar, Vocals

Born in Delaware, the son of a Country Rock musician, Phil has been playing guitar since he was eight years old. He is a self-taught guitarist with influences from his father and other guitar masters. In 1987, he toured throughout the south with his father’s band, "Second Sun" and worked as a studio session guitarist. His blues band Mr. Blue was formed in 1989 and toured extensively up and down the east coast in support of major CD releases. Phil has been invited onto stages of such blues greats as Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Johnny Copeland, and Otis Rush. Currently, Venom Blues is Phil’s hottest new act, playing and recording original blues.
Message from Phil!




KEVIN SMITH

Vocals, Bass Guitar

A Delaware native, Kevin joined the band at its inception. He has been creating and playing music in the Delaware area since the late 70's. A self taught guitarist and vocalist pounding out blues and rock classics in his first band, he developed an interest in the blues cornerstone that helped build today's music. As the songwriter/lyricist for an all original band in the 80's and 90's, he found an appreciation for the stories told by musicians of the past and how their message has been carried across generations. Switching to playing bass with Venom Blues offers new musical challenges; an opportunity to delve into true blues styles, expand on the idea of original music and still have the ability to pass on some powerful history using the words and music of some of the world's greatest blues pioneers while writing some new history along the way...




FRANK McKITTY

Saxophone

Frank McKitty grew up in New York, studied saxophone and flute in New Orleans and returned to New York before moving to the DE/PA area. While in New York, Frank played with a number of rehearsal bands, worked with society bands, led his own quartet, and worked a great deal in the Latin music scene. By day, Frank worked as a Financial/Operations Analyst for large independent film company in New York. Frank has had original compositions performed at Merkin Hall and has performed at Birdland, Iridium, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and other venues in the NY and PA/DE Tri-State areas. A partial list of acts performed with includes the Temptations, the Four Seasons, the Stan Rubin Orchestra, the Lynn Oliver Orchestra, Los Tremendos de Colombia, Los Chevres de Colombia, Las Chicas and Kitty Mayo's Empress Band. He performed in the reed section for off-broadway productions of "Mame" and "No, No, Nanette". Frank has also recorded and worked with the jazz groups Kombu Combo and the 23rd Street Quartet.




FRED MILLER

Harmonicas, Vocals

Fred Miller was born and raised on a cattle farm in rural PA so is well versed in the culture and music of the tri-state area. He spent his younger years cutting his teeth wailing on the harmonica and singing in a variety of bands having both country and rock and roll roots so evolving to playing Da Blues was only natural. Fred is an active musician in the area hosting numerous open mics and is a staunch supporter of live music. He has played with numerous area Blues bands and has perfomed in a variety of festivals, benefits, parties and many local clubs and restaurants. Fred also fronts his own band which has been jammin' for several years.




STORMIN' NORMAN THOMAS

Percussion, Vocals

"Stormin' Norman" has had an ear for music his whole life. Starting in school playing with the band to doing the Ole' Blues Thang with us on the weekends - he's got a groove that put the whole thing in proper perspective. With a list of toys too numerous to mention, Norman adds a layer of complexity that just rounds out the show in a way few could anticipate.
Norman does not only handle our percussion needs, he can belt out some series baritone vocals. The kind that really makes Da Blues stand up and say something. His renditions of Stormy Monday and Dukes Place receive raves from our listeners, so make sure to give a listen when you can - you won't be disappointed!




PAUL MORÉ

Percussion

Paul has been playing drums most of his life, with his grandfather as his initial influence. He started off with rock and roll then eventually gravitated towards jazz and blues as this was the music his parents enjoyed regularly. Paul played in his first band, “Monkey House”, starting out at age 18 in Philadelphia. Since 1991, he has also performed as a member of the Victory Christian Fellowship House Band, playing a variety of gospel and contemporary Christian material. Paul studied with Mr. Carl Motola in Philadelphia, and continues to be involved in as many different musical opportunities as are offered to further his passion and love for this wonderful thing called music.







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JOHN REDA

Saxophones, Vocals

We will miss an old friend...
John Reda, at age 55, son of Louise DiTomasso and the late Michael Reda, passed away peacefully at his home on September 16, 2009.
John Reda was the true veteran in this band. With over 40 years of performing under his belt, he knew how to kick up the crowd. Belting out some unbelievable solos, he brought an enormous wealth of musical knowledge to the band. John played with dozens of bands in the Northeast including Charlie Murray, Earl Rice, Joe Allegro and Melissa Martin. He has also performed in the pit band for the Everett Theater Orchestra for Nunsense and Jesus Christ Superstar. John excelled in other areas as well. He was able to rattle off some serious big band vocals and caress the skins...
Frank Sinatra is gone, and now, alas, John has gone to join him. May we hope that John has found the band he deserves rocking around the Pearly Gates. Rest in peace, John.




C. "Junior" Patterson

Percussion

Junior has moved on to other projects and we wish him well in his future endeavours.




FRANKIE GRAY

Saxophone

Frankie has moved on to other projects and we wish him well in his future endeavours.




ARAM PILIGIAN

Saxophone

Aram is one talented musician but lives way cross country! We wish him well and that gasoline prices come down some day! You'll be hearing more from this guy real soon!




NICK PIETROPOLO

Percussion

Whether you call him Nick, Nick Danger, RuFuS, Animal or any other expletive, this Philly born musician kicks the whuzzit out o' da cans! We wish him the best!




STEVE LONG

Percussion

Steve Long offers up a percussion style that truly added to Venom Blues fourth CD! He's always got something going on, so keep an eye out for him! We wish him the best!




DAN DiREDA

Harmonicas, Vocals

Dan is a one of a kind character searching for that ultimate blues jam. We wish him well in his search and hope one day he will find that which he seeks!