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The Back Alley Blues Band was originally formed in November, 1996 by Franc Robert (Guitar/Vocals), and Smokin Joe Sadowski (Harp/vocals). The band started out playing true hard core Chicago Blues (think Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Little Walter, Buddy Guy, and many others), mixed with the best of the Texas/Louisiana style (think T-Bone Walker, Slim Harpo, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, SRV, and more). In August of 2004, we released our first CD (right in the middle of Hurricane Charley!) and have started playing more festivals and large events, in turn opening concerts for Bill "The Sauce Boss" Wharton, Charlie Musselwhite, Smokin Joe Kubek, Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, and Pat Travers, among others. The first CD, Boxcar Tourists, was released in February of this year-check out the sounds on the samples page!! In October 2006, the band welcomed Marty Lindemann on drums, with Alza Perez moving over on bass and vocals. This lineup has recorded the CD "Ya Can't Stay Here" and will be recording a new CD in Fall, 2007, once we get all the new songs written (what else is new!?!?) So here's the gang...
All photos on this page by Alyssa Gosch and Monique Robert

Franc Robert-Guitar & Vocals

A Native Montrealer, Franc started playing in various bands throughout the 80's, hosting the popular jam at the famous Rising Sun Nightclub in Montreal, where he learned at the feet of many blues greats, including Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, and Robert Cray. Moving to Florida in 1990, he played in several bands before forming the Back Alley Blues Band in 1996.


Smokin' Joe Sadowski-Harp & Vocals

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Joe started the way most musicians start, by being a "jam rat", eventually leading to gigs with Lazy Boy and the Rockers, Nuthin But Trouble, and the Rock'n'Roll Xpress. Joe brings his life into his playing, wailing, crying and making his harp sing.


Alza Perez-Bass & Vocals

A true "Cracker" (FL born and raised) Alza loves the blues. With a driving voice capable of many tones and textures, and a good solid bassline he has brought a new dimension to the band's sound. Since returning from South Florida in 1988 he has led several bands, among them Nuthin' But Trouble, Rock & Roll Xpress, and the Wilde Knightz.


Marty Lindemann-Drums, Keys, Harp & Vocals

originally from ft. lauderdale, marty started playing drums at the age of five.and was known for his work with such bands as Straightjacket , and Double Identity , along with having played and performed with such artists as Bo Diddley, Del Shannon, the Shirelles, Jaco Pastorius, and Freddie Cannon amongst others.


Band Credits


Cotee River Seafood Festival-2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Leesburg Bikefest-2007

Chasco Fiesta-2005, 2006

Cotee River Bikefest-2005, 2006, 2007

Hudson Seafest-2004

National & Regional Artists We have played with/opened for

Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers • Pat Travers • Lee Roy Parnell • Bill "The Sauce Boss" Wharton • Sean Chambers • Damon Fowler Group • Roger "Hurricane" Wilson • Corey Harris & The 5x5 Band •Smokin Joe Kubek & B'Nois King • Charlie Musselwhite

Venues we have played

Blue Note Lounge (Spring Hill FL) • Bourbon Street (New Port Richey, FL) • Boulevard Lounge (New Port Richey, FL) • Cricketers (Hudson, FL) • Edgewater's (Port Richey, FL) • The Frosty Mug (Hudson, FL) • Governors Lounge (Hudson, FL) • The Hawg Pound (Zephyrhills, FL) • Lady L's Supper & Blues Club (Homosassa, FL) • Mango Bay (Hudson, FL) • Mike's Friendly Pub (Crystal River, FL) • Osceola Tavern (Dade City, FL) • Piglets (Dunedin, FL) • T-Bones Pub (Brooksville, FL) • Palms Bar & Grill (Palm Harbor, FL) • R Beach Club (Homosassa, FL) • Sandal's (Port Richey, FL) • Saturdays Pub (Holiday, FL) • Shipwreck Lounge (Holiday, FL) • Skipper's Smokehouse (Tampa, FL) • Snappers (Palm Harbor, FL) • Sneaky D's (St. Petersburg, FL) • South Beach Club (Hudson, FL) • Trotti's (Safety Harbor, FL)