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Steve Somers Band Variety Band from Ann Arbor, MI

Will travel up to 500 miles

  • Avg 4.5 | 9 Reviews
  • 27 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2009
  • 4 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $400 per event

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The Steve Somers Band is a very versatile band. They are well versed in jazz, blues, R & B, Motown and classic rock styles of music. Steve Somers holds a masters degree in music and is currently directing jazz bands for Washtenaw Community College and the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra. Mr. Somers has many years of experience as a band leader and his groups have appeared on stage with Gladys Knight, Bobby Bland, Morris Day, The O'Jays and many others. The band includes female and male lead vocals, guitar, rhythm section, keyboards and horns (depending on the budget). Also, a smaller group (single, duo, trio etc.) is available for live stream/online events. The band is able to supply music for dinner as well as high-energy dance music. Valerie (lead vocals) is an excellent entertainer who knows how to get a party going. Valerie was born and raised in Detroit and her influences include Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner, Al Green and gospel music. A smaller group is also available for a cocktail hour and/or wedding ceremony. Solo guitar or Duo also available. Please email for current schedule and/or more information. Please see full Steve Somers bio below. Hi Steve, Thank YOU for playing! Everyone totally enjoyed the guys did a GREAT job! I will definitely send on your information and I hope that there are some photos you can use! Have a great day~ christine (wedding reception in Detroit, Mi where her package included solo classical guitar and full band) Steven Somers Steven Somers was born in New York City. His family moved to Ann Arbor, Mi in 1962 for two years and then Berkeley, Ca where his father taught Sociology and Statistics at U of M and then UC Berkeley. Formal guitar lessons began at age nine and private teachers included Jimmy Luttrell, Jack Eskridge, Dave Creamer (Miles Davis) and George Barnes (one of the first recording artists to use an electric guitar). Mr. Somers mostly focused on jazz, blues and popular styles until 1979 when he relocated to the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti, Mi area and began study with classical guitarist Nelson Amos at Eastern Michigan University receiving a bachelors degree in 1984 in classical guitar music performance. He also studied music composition with Anthony Iacconne, William Albright, Andrew MacDonald and George Wilson. Mr. Somers has written numerous compositions for guitar, piano, brass, woodwinds, strings and chamber orchestra. He received his masters degree from EMU in 1986 in music theory/composition. In 1990 Mr. Somers had a renewed interest in becoming a band leader again and formed the Steve Somers Band which specialized in blues, R & B and jazz styles. They performed at many major festivals, clubs and concerts and vocalist Valerie Barrymore became his wife in 1998. They have three beautiful girls now ages 10, 13 and 15 who are talented at dance, flute, piano and vocals. Mr. Somers wrote music for the group and also did the arranging for the horn section. The Steve Somers Band was nominated for numerous Detroit Music Awards in 1999 and 2000 and still performs on a regular basis at private parties, weddings, corporate events and festivals. Mr. Somers began teaching private guitar lessons as early as 1972 and had many students in California and now Michigan. Currently he is teaching music classes at the Washtenaw Community College Extension Campus which has a community program for students between the ages of 5 and 15. Mr. Somers has developed techniques for teaching young people how to play, read and write music at a very early age. Continuing to offer private lessons, he is currently accepting students for guitar, keyboards, music theory, composition and recording. During the 1990's Mr. Somers formed a music production company called Alley Records. The company does recording, cd pressing, audio post-production, graphics and equipment sales. It is during this time that Mr. Somers became a recording engineer and music producer which came naturally after all the years of experience in the music business. A new album with the Steve Somers Band is also in the works that will feature new jazz, blues and R & B material. The Steve Somers Band has years of experience that will add a touch of class to your event, party or festival.


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Review by Cassandra S.

Wedding ReceptionReviewed on September 19, 2021From Walled Lake, MI

I cannot tell you how happy I am with Steve & his bandmates! Steve was so kind and friendly, always there if I had questions, communicated clearly! We found the Steve Somers Band last minute and they pulled through for our backyard wedding! The guests were raving about how great they sounded, the saxophone player (amazing) and the professionalism of the band! The band is super talented! They made my wedding so so so perfect & special! I could not have pictured this event without them! I cannot think Steve and his bandmates enough. If I could give 10,000 stars I could! I can't wait to hire The Steve Somers Band again for my party next year! You won't be disappointed!

Review by Markie S.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on September 6, 2021From Detroit, MI

Review by James W.

Community EventReviewed on August 8, 2021From Port Hope, MI

Many compliments from the crowd!

Steve Somers Band:

Thanks so much. It was a beautiful event that was organized very well. Thanks again for having us! -Steve

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  • Superstition | Stevie Wonder
  • Papa Was A Rolling Stone | Temptations
  • Super Freak | Rick James
  • Killing Me Softly | Roberta Flack
  • Happy Song
  • Stay | Sam Smith
  • Cry Me A River
  • Ain't No Sunshine
  • Ain't Misbehavin' | Fats Waller
  • All Of Me | Frank Sinatra
  • Route 66 | Nat Cole
  • Little Sister | Elvis
  • Pink Cadillac
  • Suzy Q
  • Whole Lotta Shakin'
  • All My Lovin' | Beatles
  • And I Love Her | Beatles
  • Slow Down | Beatles
  • Rock and Roll Music | Beatles-Chuck Berry
  • Money | Pink Floyd
  • Purple Haze | Jimi Hendrix
  • My Way | Frank Sinatra
  • New York, New York | Frank Sinatra
  • My Girl | Temptations
  • Amor | Dean Martin
  • All of Me | John Legend
  • Everyday I Have The Blues | BB King
  • Shakin' All Over | Who
  • Summertime Blues | Who
  • Summertime | George Gershwin
  • Cantaloupe Island | Herbie Hancock
  • Chameleon | Herbie Hancock
  • Let's Stay Together | Al Green
  • Mustang Sally | Wilson Pickett
  • Something Kind of Wonderful
  • Crazy | Patsy Cline
  • Dock of The Bay | Otis Redding
  • Tush | ZZ Top
  • Crossfire | Stevie Ray Vaughn
  • Grapevine
  • Uptown Funk | Bruno Mars
  • Brick House | Commodores
  • Get Down Tonight | K.C.
  • Give Me A Reason
  • Greatest Love | Whitney
  • I'll Take You There | Staple Singers
  • Let the Good Times Roll | B B King
  • My Eyes Don't Cry | Stevie
  • Play That Funky Music | Wild Cherry
  • Son of a Preacher Man | Dusty Springfield
  • Proud Mary | Ike and Tina
  • Something Kind of Wonderful
  • Take Me to the River | Al Green
  • This is How We Do It | Montell Jordan
  • Word Up | Gap
  • You Ought To Know | Britney
  • Motown Medley | Original
  • Dancing in the Street | Vandellas
  • Signed Sealed and Delivered | Stevie
  • Superstition | Stevie
  • Papa Was A Rolling Stone | Tempts
  • Neither One Of Us | Gladys Knight
  • My Girl | Tempts
  • Respect | Aretha
  • Jump Jive & Wail | Louis Prima
  • Night Train | James Brown
  • Dont Get Around Much Anymore | Ellington
  • Beer Barrel | anon.
  • Pennsylvania | anon
  • Let's Twist | Chubby
  • Tutti Frutti | Little Richard
  • Hound Dog | Elvis
  • Stand By Me | Ben E. King
  • Kansas City | Wilbert Harrison
  • When A Man Loves a Woman | Wilson Pickett
  • Desire | (original)
  • Knocking On Heavens Door | Bob Dylan
  • It Had to Be You | Standard
  • Misty | Errol Garner
  • Dock Of The Bay | Otis
  • People Get Ready | Percy Mayfield
  • Purple Rain | Prince
  • Wonderful World | Louis Armstrong
  • I Feel Good | James Brown
  • Everybody | (hustle song)
  • My Funny Valentine | Standard
  • Fly Me To The Moon | Standard
  • New York New York | Frank Sinatra
  • Just The Way You Are | Billy Joel
  • Amour | Dean Martin
  • Sunshine of My Life | Stevie
  • Georgia | Ray
  • Satin Doll | Duke
  • Moon Dance | Van Morrison
  • At Last | Etta James
  • Get Down Tonight | KC
  • I Believe | (original)
  • Boy You Know | (original)
  • Sweet Home Chicago | Will Dixon
  • Wang Dang Doodle | Will Dixon

Booked Events 

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Upcoming Events

April 20, 2024 • Celebration
Sat3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe, MI

Past Events

January 28, 2024 • Ypsilanti Ale House
Sun2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ypsilanti, MI
January 14, 2024 • Ypsilanti Ale House
Sun2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ypsilanti, MI
December 9, 2023 • Holiday Party
Sat6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Ann Arbor, MI
October 26, 2023 • Community Event
Thu4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Jackson, MI
July 14, 2023 • Community Event
Fri1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Toledo, OH
June 3, 2023 • Graduation Party
Sat6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Franklin, MI
December 4, 2022 • Ypsilanti Food Co-op Patio
Sun4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Ypsilanti, MI
November 4, 2022 • Ypsilanti Food Co-op Patio
Fri4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Ypsilanti, MI
October 4, 2022 • Ypsilanti Food Co-op Patio
Tue4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Ypsilanti, MI
September 4, 2022 • Ypsilanti Food Co-op Patio
Sun4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Ypsilanti, MI
August 4, 2022 • Ypsilanti Food Co-op Patio
Thu4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Ypsilanti, MI
July 30, 2022 • Event
Sat7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Washington, MI

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