Hurricane Hawk

Steve “Hawk” Levy moved to Hollywood Florida at the age of 13 from New York. At that early age Hawk found himself listening to big band sounds like Count Bassie, Louis Jordan and Benny Goodman when his peers were listening to rock. It took Levy 17 years of music appreciation before he discovered the blues at a Nighthawks show. The next day Hawk took up an instrument, the harmonica. Levy took to the instrument rapidly, craving to play at every possible opportunity. Within 8 months he had his own band, Harps ‘N Chords. By 14 months Harps .N Chords were paying major blues festivals.

During the next 15 years Hawk later became known as Hurricaine Hawk which evolved into a band called Hurricaine Hawk and the Invaders.

The original band included Tommy D’Stephano aka Big Daddy of Big daddy and the Reign, John Stratton, Tony Mancuso and Dave Race. The band member have evolved since then, getting bette all the time. From 1995 to present the invaders played regionally around Florida and at numerous festivals, including the prestigious Riverwalk Blues Festival for 4 years.

Hawk has shared the stage with some great blues performers, just some of which included Bob Margolin, James Peterson, Jimmy Thackery, John Cephas and Phil Wiggins, Cookie and the Vagrantz, The Dhali Lamas, Sapphire, Benoit King, and Rock Bottom, The Nighthawks, Pinetop perkins to name a few. During his tenure in the blues he has produced 3 recordings, Harps N Chords , Hurricaine Hawk and the Invaders (Emotional Invasion), and Hurricaine Hawk & Midnight Johnny. Levy has recorded on other numerous recordings.

Theater in recent years opened Levy to a different creative avenue to pursue. He performed and sang as a featured artist in MJM Productions Tommy and Jesus Christ Superstar with numerous supporting roles in both.

In 2003 Hawk was given the opportunity to host a blues show on NPR Radio affiliate WQCS 88.9 FM. His show ran for 67 weeks as the Hurriciane Hawk Blues Hour. The Blues hour spanned all of the jump, and swing era music that was so closely related to the blues. The show was educational as well as informative as Levy delved into the depths of the origination of the blues. Levy connected the start of the blues as hollers in the fields of slavery to the swing and jump era of Louis Jordan, all the way on up to the rocking blues of today. The show was well received from Cocoa Beach to Boca Raton Florida.

Hurricane Hawk & the Invaders is a jumpin and swinging band that will get you up on your feet. During one of their shows you are going to hear some recognizable covers, but most of their tunes are catchy, tongue and Cheek Originals. This band can work any number of players, from an acoustic blues duo to a 7 piece band.

Hawk Levy has assembled and performed in bands that have played varied venues often at festivals and large events. He has performed from California to Florida. Hawk's catchy lyrics keeps audiences listening for more, singing and dancing along to originals like Give It Up, Some Kinda Woman, and Daytime Dancer. And you'll laugh at tunes like "The New Hokee Pokee" and "This Dating Thing (Scares the Hell out of Me)". Don't miss one of their high energy shows.

Mark Telesca is an American Songwriter / Singer / Guitarist and Bassist. He studied music at Florida Atlantic University and currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

His “HOOK” oriented songwriting style and storytelling lyrics along with his expressive style of bass playing and powerful lead vocal is capturing the attention of music lovers everywhere.

Mark has released his first solo studio CD titled “Heavy Breathing” in January of 2015. His CD spent many months on steady rotation on SIRIUSXM RADIO (Bluesville). The CD is receiving rave reviews and reached the #5 spot on "Blues Power Radio's Top 30" Blues Albums. He has had three singles off the Heavy Breathing CD that has charted on Blues 411 Baker's Dozen of Blues. "If You Got Enough Jack" has reached #5 " Cross the Dog" has reached #2 and "I Don't Need Your Lovin' Anymore" has reached #1 !!!

In January 2015, Mark took his band to Memphis, TN to compete in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) and were semi finalists.

Mark has also started a career playing solo acoustic guitar focusing on Pre-WWII blues, Americana and his own original music. He has since competed in his local IBC challenge as a solo artist. He has been fortunate enough to win himself another spot in to compete again in Memphis in January 2016 and will be competing again in 2017.

Mark is very proud to be endorsed by Delaney Guitars. Delaney Guitars has built the Mark Telesca Bass Model. They are calling the bass the "TRADITION" model based on its traditional looks, feel and sound. It is currently available for purchase www.delaneyguitars.com

Mark is out gigging almost every night promoting his music. In addition to his hectic gigging schedule, he is the host of one of the most popular Pro Blues Jams in the Southeast. The Jam takes place every Monday at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL. There are many touring artist who make it a point to spend some extra time in sunny Florida just to attend and hopefully participate in this high quality Jam.

As well as being a songwriter, singer, guitarist, and band leader, Mark is a touring bassist supporting many blues / rock artists. He is currently touring with “Blue Mercy” Featuring 2014 Blues Music Award winner and 2015 Blues Music Award Nominee Diunna Greenleaf.

Mark was the bassist along with 2010 Blues Music Award Winner and 2015 Grammy Winner Jason Ricci on Harmonica in The Keith Brown Trio. They later recorded Keith’s album “Down the Line” an acoustic album.

Influences are: The Delta Blues, Gospel Music and Motown.
Bass influences are James Jamerson, Donald Duck Dunn, Oteil Burbridge, Willie Weeks ... Just to name a few.

Richie Schmidt

Richie Schmidt was born and raised in NYC, and was surrounded by musical influences from an early age. Singing in his church's “cherub” choir at age 5, he would follow on to the junior and adult choirs. From grade 2 to 6 he took violin lessons (at public school!). And when the church began to experiment with the new “folk” music style that was becoming popular, he began playing guitar. Some formal lessons followed at the local music store, and the guitar became a constant companion.

With his transistor radio (tuned to WABC), he began listening and learning the songs of the time. A friendly competition with his sister Debbie (also a singer/guitarist) provided a “look what I just learned” leap-frog game of sharing songs and styles, accelerating his knowledge of the instrument, as well as his familiarity with the variety of 60s and 70s pop music.

Other influences would add some spice to his skills. Under the direction of musicologist Peter Griggs he studied East Indian music and performed as a percussionist with the NYC Gamelan. A high school friend, Christopher Thall, was a prodigious talent who demonstrated learning techniques that opened up many avenues to musical approach and understanding. And Richie's fascination with musical instruments led him to acquire abilities on piano and flute, as well as banjo, mandolin and other stringed instruments.

He began performing in rock cover bands in 1976, playing classic rock favorites at parties and high schools and eventually in clubs all around NYC and Long Island. In 1983, he fully dedicated himself to a life of music, leaving his home to join a traveling act. Early in these travels he met keyboardist Tess Smith. The two traveled with the touring band for a number of years, eventually settling in South Florida. In 1990 they were married, and began performing as the duo “Twocan Blue”.

In 2002 Richie was invited to fill the guitar role for “The Fabulous Fleetwood's” the longest running “rockin' blues” band in the region.

In 2008, he was the musical director for the stage re-creation of the concert movie “The Last Waltz”, and also performed in the role of guitarist Robbie Robertson .

Continuing on a busy schedule of performances, he's frequently called on as a solo artist and side man, performing on stages large & small, with local musician friends, as well as many noteworthy artists.

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