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 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 artists 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. The Blues Junkies quickly became a hometown favorite, playing clubs and festivals throughout the Mid-Michigan area, as well as taking 2nd place in the Capital Area Blues Society Blues Brawl and People’s Choice Award. She now dazzles audiences with Kathleen and The Bridge Street Band.
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.
Tim Brouhard, the newest member of The Bridge Street Band, 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 411 Club in Kalamazoo, with the Out of Favor Boys. 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.