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Steve Somers Band

Variety Band from Ann Arbor, MI - Will travel up to 500 miles
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$400 - $9000 per event
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About
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 band....you 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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Wonderful talent, professional and friendly! Highly recommended! Hope to have another event and would hire again!

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Thanks so much for the review.

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Steve Somers band was fantastic for our event at the museum. Super friendly to work with and accommodating at we were planning a public program. Highly recommend and will be using them again in the future!

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Thanks so much for the review. I hope we can work together again soon. Steve Somers - (Band Leader)

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Graduation Party

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They were fabulous! Very talented musicians! My guests loved the music! They picked the perfect songs and made the party a success. I'm so glad we hired them!

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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
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Route 66
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Little Sister
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Suzy Q
Whole Lotta Shakin'
All My Lovin'
Beatles
And I Love Her
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Slow Down
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Rock and Roll Music
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Money
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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
60s Band
70s Band
Blues Band
Dance Band
Jazz Band
Motown Band
Oldies Band
Swing Band
Top 40 Band
Variety Band
R&B Band
Wedding Band
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First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
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Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Please note Steve Somers Band will also travel to Dexter, Saline, Ypsilanti, Bridgewater, Whitmore Lake, Hamburg, Chelsea, Lakeland, Milan, Salem, Whittaker, South Lyon, Belleville, Manchester, Pinckney, Willis, Clinton, Canton, Plymouth, Brighton, New Hudson, Ridgeway, Azalia, Hartland, Maybee, Northville, Britton, Novi, Gregory, Livonia.
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