"This is a band on the rise"

Paul Benjamin, Blues Foundation


"A real treat for your ears"

Beth Hammer, WSLR Radio


"This is one tight and tough outfit"

George Willett, Suncoast Blues Society


"Our festival attendees really enjoyed their music"

Cathy Pizzo, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce


BIO

Short Bio

Memphis Rub is a blues-rock band from Florida's Suncoast. Gary Drouin (g), Scott Matzke (b/v), Dan Ryan (k), and David Wells (d).

Medium Bio

The Memphis Rub Band hails from the Sarasota/Bradenton area of Florida, playing blues-rock covers and originals with a bit of funk and R&B mixed in. The band formed in 2016 and performs at venues and festivals up and down the Suncoast. Their first album, "Taste", was released in 2018. The band features "Hurricane" Gary Drouin on guitar, Scott Matzke on bass and lead vocals, "Barefoot" Dan Ryan on keyboards, and David Wells on drums.

Long Bio

Memphis Rub is a 4-piece blues-rock band from the Sarasota/Bradenton area of Florida, performing a blend of blues, rock, funk and R&B. The band features "Hurricane" Gary Drouin (guitar), Scott Matzke (bass/vocals), "Barefoot" Dan Ryan (keyboards), and David Wells (drums).

In 2016 Gary and Scott decided to form a band and name it after the city that calls itself the "Home of the Blues", the "Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll", and the "Cradle of American Music".

Dan was next to join the band, and David came on board in 2019.

The Memphis Rub Band performs at a variety of venues and festivals up and down the Suncoast, putting their spin on tunes by musicians such as Delbert McClinton, Tommy Castro, Ace Moreland, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and others. The band also writes and performs original music. In 2018 Memphis Rub released their first album, "Taste", and songs from the album have been played on area radio stations including WMNF and WSLR.

Music

From the Memphis Rub Band album "Taste"








Memphis Rub Band at the 2018 Bradenton Blues Festival "Blues Appetizer" concert






Videos

From the 2018 Bradenton Blues Festival "Blues Appetizer" concert. More videos coming soon!

Photos

Updated photos coming soon!

Album - "Taste"

The Memphis Rub Band released their first album, "Taste", in November 2018 !


The 11-track CD features both original music and covers, and is available for purchase at live shows or can be downloaded/streamed from the following online sources:

SoundCloud

Amazon.com

CD Baby

Spotify

Google Play

Deezer

Contact Us

Gary Drouin: 941-879-7788


Dan Ryan: 978-884-3444


Memphis Rub Band Facebook page   Memphis Rub Band Twitter page

TESTIMONIALS

"Working with the Memphis Rub Band at the Camping with the Blues Festival was a pleasure. The band is very professional and easy to work with and put on a great show. This is a band on the rise and one I look forward to working with in the future."
- Paul E. Benjamin, Immediate Past Chair, Blues Foundation


"Memphis Rub Band's brilliant authenticity rings through each song. A real treat for your ears".
- Beth Hammer, WSLR Radio DJ
"I've seen Bradenton, Florida's Memphis Rub Band's fan base and word-of-mouth buzz grown steadily over the last few years, and now I know why! This is one tight and tough outfit."
- George Willett, Suncoast Blues Society


"The Memphis Rub Band has performed at both of our popular Island Festivals, Bayfest in the Fall, and Beach 'n Food Truck Festival in the Spring. Our Festival attendees really enjoyed their music and we are so glad to have had them in our entertainment line-up. We look forward to them returning for our next Island Festival."
- Cathy Pizzo, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce

VENUES

The Memphis Rub Band has performed at the following venues:

• Ace's Live - Bradenton, FL
• Angry Rooster - Bradenton, FL
• Barrel Room - Fort Myers, FL
• Bert's Black Widow Harley Davidson - Port Charlotte, FL
• Blu Mangrove Grill - Palmetto, FL
• Blue Rooster - Sarasota, FL
• Caddy's At The Pointe - Bradenton, FL
• Clancy's - Bradenton, FL
• Cortez Kitchen - Cortez, FL
• Darwin Brewing Company - Bradenton, FL
• Englewoods on Dearborn - Englewood, FL
• Freckled Fin - Holmes Beach, FL
• Gatorz Bar and Grill - Port Charlotte, FL
• Hoosier Bar - Osprey, FL
• Hunsader Farms - Bradenton, FL
• Island Time - Bradenton Beach, FL
• Ka'Tiki - Treasure Island, FL
• Latitudes - Apollo Beach, FL
• LeBarge Tropical Cruise - Sarasota, FL
• Mattison's Riverwalk - Bradenton, FL
• Mattison's Downtown - Sarasota, FL
• Motorworks - Bradenton, FL
• The Palladium - St. Petersburg, FL
• Paradise Alley Blues Bar & Grill - Sarasota, FL
• Peggy's Corral - Palmetto, FL
• Pop's Sunset Grill - Nokomis, FL
• Royal Coachman Resort - Nokomis, FL
• Ruby's Elixir - St. Petersburg, FL
• Seafood Shack - Cortez, FL
• Skipper's Smokehouse - Tampa, FL
• Snook Haven - Venice, FL
• Stottlemeyer's Smokehouse - Sarasota, FL
• Stragglers - Sarasota, FL
• Swordfish Grill - Cortez, FL
• Woody's River Roo - Ellenton, FL

The Memphis Rub Band has performed at the following festivals/concerts:

• Clearwater Blast Friday Concert - Opened for The FIXX (2019)
• Beach 'N Food Festival (2019)
• Pork Butt & Blues Festival (2019, 2018, 2016)
• Bradenton Blues Festival "Blues Appetizer" (2018)
• Anna Maria Island Bayfest (2019, 2018)
• Myakka River Blues Festival (2018)
• Camping With the Blues (2017)
• Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival (2017)


The band also performed at the Suncoast Blues Challenge in 2017, 2018, and 2019.



We'd like to send out a huge THANK YOU to our families, friends and supporters, as well as to all of the venues/staff and festival promoters we've been fortunate enough to have worked with over the past few years. We are truly grateful to you all, and we sincerely hope you continue to have a "real good time" with us!!

-- The Memphis Rub Band