MARK DUFRESNE BAND
Since reforming in 2016 with founding guitarist, Billy Stapleton, this current version of the Mark DuFresne Band has been wowing audiences in the Pacific Northwest. Grammy nominated Mark DuFresne is at the helm with his 3-octave tenor voice, and his championship harmonica playing. A dynamic singer and showman, DuFresne’s original rhythm and blues songs and instrumentals shine in the hands of this talented quartet.
Veteran Guitarist, and recent Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame inductee, Billy Stapleton, is kept busy with rhythm, lead and slide guitar duties. Billy's fantastic tone and artistry are second to none.
Kelly Liefer brings powerhouse skills on his Fender Bass. A Marysville, Washington native, Kelly has been playing since the age of 15 and immediately started playing in bands and clubs including the 1974 Seattle Worlds Fair. He was the original bass player for The Mark DuFresne Band, and his energetic style is sure to keep your feet tapping all night long.
On drums, the accomplished and brilliant David Hudson shows off a lifetime’s collection of grooves and chops. Inspired by the terrific trio of Sonny Freeman, Fran Christina and Fred Below, David’s swingin’ dynamic attack brings depth to the tunes and is a perfect accompaniment to DuFresne’s brand of blues/roots style.
The Mark Dufresne Band is not your typical blues fare. This spectacular “show band” plays the material like a quintessential Chicago Blues Revue. They are truly one of the best rhythm and blues outfits on the West Coast.