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Music to make your soul happy and your body move!

"We're not a 'traditional' blues band by any means. Blues is our main influence, our leaping off point, but I want all of our influences to be heard in the music we make. My favorite blues artist throughout history put the best of all their influences into the music they made, and created a sound that was as unique to them as a fingerprint. We combine the passion of the blues with energy of rock, the storytelling of country and the improvisation of jazz. I play music because I want to feel something, and I want the audience to feel something. If it feels good, we play it." - Jon Archambault 

The Jon Archambault (R-Sham-Bo) Band brings together some of Northern Michigan's premier musicians!

Combining elements of blues, jazz, funk, classic rock & roll, and instrumental music, the band's technical virtuosity and improvisational style keeps each performance fresh and exciting.

Each attention grabbing performance is charged with music that stirs the soul. Audiences experience timeless classics cast in a new light, and fresh, new original music that makes it clear you're listening to accomplished musicians performing in their prime.

 

Jon Archambault - Lead Guitar & Vocals


"You got the gift" ~ Larry Garner, Bluesman

Jon Archambault- A soulful and exciting guitarist with a deep dedication to the blues. Jon began honing his craft during the 17 years he spent with his first band, the regionally acclaimed "Mojo & the Boogieman", as lead guitarist, song-writer, founder, and band leader. Soon after winning the 2002 Detroit Blues Challenge, Mojo turned heads on the World stage at the 2003 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, TN., where the band made it all the way to the final round of the competition, 1 of the 8 bands selected from 60 bands competing from around the World. Jon was one of only 5 guitarists nominated for the coveted "Albert King best-of-blues guitarists" Award. 

Because of his unique talent, professionalism, and passion for making great music, Jon has been a first call fill-in guitarist for many of the areas most popular blues-based bands and recording studios.

Now, with the newly formed "Jon Archambault Band", he hopes to bring audiences a positive and uplifting message of peace, love and unity through music.

Jon has opened for, and/or shared the concert stage with the following artists:

B.B. King

Ray Charles

Buddy Guy

John Mayall

Duke Robillard

Larry Garner

Larry McCray

Bill Perry

Coco Montoya

Johnny Lang

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Night Ranger

Foghat

Dave Mason

Greg Rollie Band

Mitch Ryder

Jim McCarty & Mystery Train

Joe Bonamassa

Lonnie Mack

Lonnie Brooks

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Wayne Baker Brooks

Robben Ford

Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers

Anson Funderburgh & Sam Meyers

Donald Kinsey (Bob Marley)

Debbie Davies

Deborah Coleman

Edgar Winter

Duke Tumato

…and many more!

Matt Marsh - Lead Vocals & Bass Guitar

Matt Marsh is the Lead Vocalist and bass player of the Jon Archambault Band. Matt has an exceptional and dynamic voice with a great tone and soothing vibrato. With his relaxed and confident vocal delivery, it's very easy to get pulled in to the story he's telling through song. Matt is a gifted singer, bass player, and song writer, but his greatest gift may be his passion to teach. His knowledge of music theory and harmony is vast, and he enjoys sharing his ideas with other musicians. Matt has played all over the mid-west, and in Ontario, mostly with "After Dark", a pop-rock group, and later with such bands as "Luther Gravy and the Soul Biscuits", and "Blue Soul".

Greg Vadnais - Drums

A veteran of the northern Michigan music scene, Greg Vadnais is an extremely talented drummer and percussionist. Greg has played with many of the areas best ensembles. A skilled performer accomplished in many styles of music ranging from jazz, blues, & rock to Afro-Cuban and Brazilian.