About

BIO The Phil Kitze Band is based in the Twin Cities. They have been together for over 20 years. They play a variety of Rockin’ Blues, Rockin’ Roll and original music, but Chicago and Texas Blues is their mainstay. With a very upbeat style, people love to dance to their music. They have a versatile repertoire doing 50% original blues and rock and roll, and covers of Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, Bobby Blue Bland, Freddie King, Albert Collins, and Elmore James to name a few. You can view their repertoire, click on “Playlist”. Lineup includes Garr Johnson, drums, William Pelletier, bass, and Phil Kitze guitar, slide guitar and vocals. They add Bruce McCabe on keyboards for some shows. Check them out by coming to a show. Click on “Home”to view their current schedule. Click on the “Live Video” page to see them playing live. The PHIL KITZE BAND PLAYS ROCKIN’ ROLL & ROCKIN’ BLUES!!!

The Phil Kitze Band is available as a 3 or 4 piece. Phil also performs a duo, or a solo act.

3 PIECE BAND The Phil Kitze Band’s lineup: Bass, drums, guitars, and vocals. The main drummer is Garr Johnson, considered one of the very best in the area.  William Pelletier plays bass, who has been with Phil for 5 years and has known and played with Phil for over 20 years. Phil plays guitar, slide guitar, and lead vocals to round out the lineup.

4 PIECE BAND Phil Kitze and the Band add a fourth instrument for some shows. Piano players’ Bruce McCabe, from Lamont Cranston, and the Hoopsnakes, or Dale Peterson from Lamont Cranston, or Virgil Nelson from the Butanes have all played with Phil numerous times.

DUO Phil Kitze does a 2 piece acoustic show. Phil uses different players such as Larry Hayes on acoustic guitar, and vocals, or Bill Pelletier on bass and vocals. See “Acoustic Show”. Phil plays acoustic and resonator guitars, harmonica, and vocals.

SOLO Phil also does solo acoustic performances. He plays acoustic and resonator guitars, harmonica, and vocals. He has a very interesting acoustic show, doing blues, old country, folk, and a variety of other styles too. See “Acoustic Show

“Trouble Caught Me” a song on Phil’s “The Sky is Clearing”  CD was selected in 2019 to be in the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame!

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