|The Mark Arshak Band was formed in 1994 featuring singer Mark Arshak on guitar, dobro, harp and vocals; , Kevin Gall on bass & vocals and Mike Draffen on drums
Mark was born in Detroit and started playing guitar at age 8. At 14 he moved to rural nothern Michigan.
The desolate new location was a stark contrast from the city and he found salvation in his guitar. At 17 he hitch-hiked to Texas, then out to California and finally to Greenville, Mississippi where he worked as a deckhand on the Mississippi River. Along the way Mark learned the 'devils blues' in the streets and aboard river boats learning how to play guitar and harp first hand at the foot of bluesmen, country pickers, and rock-n-rollers. Returning to Michigan, he formed the first of several bands.
Since '94 he has toured nationally and internationally with his current band. Opening for many acts including George Thorogood, Otis Rush, Jonny Lang, Taj Mahal and Bo Diddley Great memories include jams with James Cotton, Eddy 'The Chief ' Clearwater, Cash McCall, Buddy Guy , Larry McCray, Ian McClaggen of The Faces, and Charlie Martin & Drew Abbot of The Silver Bullet Band.
Kevin Gall has toured nationally with several acts including Eddie Taylor, Harmonica Shaw, and Shirley King. Solid as they come, melodic and inventive. Kevin also adds great vocal harmonies and showmanship to the band.
Drummer Mike Draffen is a musician who not only has the chops and instincts to lock into a natural groove but is also creative and inspiring. Mike has been drumming since age 10. He studied percussion with Alan Smith and at Eastern Michigan University A veteren of many bands from blues to swing to rock. He is tasteful and dynamic.
The Mark Arshak Band are on their way to show the world what Detroit audiences have known for years. Headlining numerous festivals and events throughout the region in the past. And taking their high-energy award winning show to Europe in 2006. Hot! a locomotive groove comming at you like a freight train... or cool, like soothing waters in a shallow stream. This band has the feel, chops and dynamics passed down from generations of masters.
|"Diamond in the rough"
Tony Gates - WLAV
"Plays great Hendrix"
Brendon Shanahan-Detroit Red Wings
"Genuine Feel , you've really done your homework"
Chalie Martin,Drums -Bob Seger Silver Bullet Band