The Backyard Blues Band is Mario Valens on harp and vocals, Mike Baldwin on guitar and vocals . The combination of Mario and Mike have been the core of this band for over two decades and together have written dozens of songs derived from the stories, adventures, and misadventures from their lives and the countless backyard bonfire parties. When these stories are put to the Backyard style of Blues Infused/Rock n Roll music you get some Backyard Boogie. Mario and Mike call BBB music "Salsipuedes,Mexibilly, Blues Infused Rock n Roll".
Over the years The Backyard Blues Band has had the privilege of sharing the stage with such greats as Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, the late John Lee Hooker, John Lee Hooker Jr, Joe Louis Walker, Canned Heat, George Thorogood, Foghat, John Kay and Steppenwolf, Blue Oyster Cult, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, the late Link Wray, Tommy Allsup of the original Crickets, and many others.
Take a minute and listen to the hard hitting original music of the Backyard Blues Band, as well as their distinctive covers of Brother Ritchies hits. You will feel the passion in the music that is so apparent in their energetic stage presence and showmanship.
Iowa Rock and Roll Association Festival. Okoboji, Iowa
Native American Music Awards. Niagara Falls, New York
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival…Monterey
The Foothill Blues Festival… Loma Rica, Ca
The Shasta Blues Festival….Redding, Ca
The Sacramento Music Festival
The Monterey Rock n Rod Festival…Monterey, Ca
The Yuba Sutter Fair, Yuba City, Ca
The Eureka “Bikes on the Bay” Festival
Blue Lake Casino… Blue Lake, Ca
The Watsonville Berry Festival
The Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
Hansen Dam 4th of July Celebration, Los Angeles
The Butte County Fair…Gridley, Ca
KTLA Morning Show…Los Angeles
The Catalyst with Los Lobos…Santa Cruz, Ca
Corbin Industries Festival Hollister, Ca
The Aztlan Music Festival Riverside, Ca