About the Band
Blues, Soul, Rock and R&B
“Lansing’s own Queen of the Blues,” kathleen walters has been captivating audiences in and around Lansing, Michigan since the formation of her first band, Blues Xpress, in the late 90s. Later, as featured vocalist for Frog & the Beeftones, Kathleen opened for national bands including Mark Hummel, and Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers. Kathleen has shared the stage with national blues artist Larry McCray, Memphis mainstay The Daddy Mack Blues Band, and San Francisco’s Tommy Castro Band. In 2006, after years of sitting in with other bands and watching her own songs gather dust, Kathleen formed The Blues Junkies with Detroit native Steve Dely on guitar and Jon Herrmann (Steppin’ In It) on bass. The Blues Junkies quickly became a hometown favorite, playing clubs and festivals throughout the Mid-Michigan area, and recording their first cd, No Way to Live which brought attention to Kathleen’s songwriting ability. After the loss of the band’s lead guitar player to his hometown of Detroit, Kathleen changed the lineup, adding Doug Fritch on guitar, Jon Gewirtz on sax and Tim Brouhard (Out of Favor Boys) on bass and harmonica. Kathleen now graces the stage with the Bridge Street Band, pouring her heart out with each sultry ballad and vitalizing audiences with hard-hitting blues and dance-your-shoes-off soul.
Jon Gewirtz has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Brazil in various styles including classical, jazz, funk, R&B, blues, and pop. In addition to playing with The Bridge Street Band, Jon also performs throughout Michigan with the R&B band, Summer of Sol, and the salsa band, Orquesta Ritmo. He is also a member of Layers: Lansing Community College Faculty Jazz Quartet and the Hillcats: Hillsdale College Faculty Jazz Sextet. Jon has also performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and the Lansing Symphony Big Band. In addition to private saxophone lessons and conducting multiple jazz bands, Jon teaches a variety of music classes at Lansing Community College, Olivet College, and Hillsdale College.
Doug Fritch is a guitarist and bassist from Lansing, Michigan, experienced in a wide variety of musical styles including blues, rock, country, soul/funk, jazz, and acoustic. Doug joined Kathleen and the Bridge Street Band in the Spring of 2013 after Kathleen’s long time blues guitarist, Steve Dely moved to Detroit. Doug also plays with Summer of Sol, Gigantaur, The Jazz Doggs, Brian Lorente & the Usual Suspects, and Betty Baxter’s Satin Sounds. When he’s not playing, he heads up the teaching department at Music Manor in Lansing, where he has provided instruction in guitar, bass, and music theory for hundreds of students since 1994.
has been playing bass for 17 years. A pillar of the Kalamazoo blues scene, Tim has been playing in and around Mid-Michigan for the past 10 years, and hosts the weekly blues jam at the Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo. Tim brings to the band killer bass solos, vocals and some crazy blues harp! He can even be coerced into playing a bit o’ trombone. When he’s not gigging, Tim provides music lessons on a variety of instruments at Marshall Music in Portage, MI.
All things Blues, Soul and R&B…….from Elmore James and Etta James to Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder.