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About Streetwise

A veteran band in town – a veteran source of dynamite entertainment. Streetwise was formed by musicians who have many years of experience entertaining audiences throughout the area. Our music ranges from the 60’s through the 90’s, presented in an exciting audio/visual style that will please your employees, your guests, and your patrons. Streetwise is available for private parties, special events and discriminating nightclub engagements.

All About Meet The Band Streetwise

Rick Grabencamp

- Bass, Vocals

A musician since the age of seven, Rick started playing in cover bands at the age of 16, started working full-time at the age of 18, His journey took him to Los Angeles in 1985 where he played for the Southern California band Détente playing on the sunset strip in Los Angeles/ Hollywood, San Francisco, Phoenix, Arizona, and San Diego.
Rick moved back to the Cincinnati area in 1986, playing for various bands such as Fazed Nation, Painter, Valhalla, and Aberrant through 1992 when he joined New York based Toys in the Attic from 1992-1995 and 1997- 1999.
The group toured 46 states in the U.S., 5 providences in Canada, also playing in The U.K., Germany, Belgium, and in Holland. Rick also worked as a studio musician in Knoxville and in Nashville, TN from 1995- 2002 playing on jingles and album/demo work.
Toys In The Attic re-grouped in 2004 when our former band manager died of MS and played at a benefit for his family. The group is still playing to this day.
In 2010, Rick joined Marsha Brady. Rick played with the group until 2015 and joined Streetwise in July of 2015.
Rick brings a large variety of bass styles to his approach…years of playing different music styles of Rock, Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, Progressive Jazz, Progressive Metal, Country, and being influenced by everything from Led Zeppelin to Miles Davis.

Gary Handy

- Guitars, Vocals

Gary has been playing since he “picked” up a guitar when he was around 12 years old. By the time he was 13 or 14, he was playing with bands who were playing the new music of the day (the beginnings of what we now call “classic rock’). Through the years, he has played with several different line-ups, playing rock and blues.

Gary left Streetwise in 2005 when he relocated to Florida, where he continued to play in the Ft. Myers/Naples area. A year later, he returned to Ohio and continued with different groups with a leaning toward blues.

Back with Streetwise, Gary has come full circle. Says gary, “It’s good to be home.”

Darrell Burton

- Keyboards, Vocals

Darrell’s desire to play music began, at the ripe ole age of twelve, when his cousin, Gary Michael, showed him how to play his first chords on a keyboard! And thirty nine years later, Darrell is still playing! His first keyboard was a 61 key, Wurlitzer Electronic piano that his parents had saved for and bought with “Green Stamps”! Growing up, Darrell was influenced by and listened to the Beatles, The Who, Jethro Tall, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd and many more.

Darrell’s first band was a church rock band called “REVELATION”! He went on to play with many bands including “Legacy” based out of Hamilton, the “J. Carl Smith Project”, “Red Letter Sky”, “Winning Edge” and “Liberty Heights Church”. A few of Darrell’s favorite venues from years past include performing for the Cincinnati Rec Commission and on Fountain Square with the Winning Edge Band!

Dennis Gates

- Drums, Vocals

Dennis began his musical career back in the early 70’s when he and fellow high school buds started a rock quartet called “The Mud Band”, that swayed and sometimes shocked the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky local bar scenes on and off for over 8 years.

After moving around the country, Dennis and family settled back in the Northern Cincinnati area where he works full time for a successful company in Mason, Ohio. Dennis soon formed “Five O’clock Friday”, a cover band with fellow employees. This reignited his passion for music.

Dennis is a precision style drummer in the style of Bill Bruford, Stewart Copeland, or Manu Katche(Peter Gabriel), but also likes to mimic rockers like Kenny Aronoff, Brad Hargreaves(Third Eye Blind), and Jon Bonham(Zeppelin).

What drives Dennis to perform his best is having the opportunity to play with the very best team of musicians that can produce a magical mix of foot stomping, ear pleasing music that pulls people to the dance floor. “Being given the chance to provide the beat for ‘Streetwise’ is keeping the dream alive…Not since the old ‘Mud Days’ have I worked with such a talented and fun-oriented team of musicians.”

Dee Mohr

- Lead Vocals

For as long as she can remember, Dee has been involved in and influenced by music, giving impromptu “solo” performances in front of the family fireplace.Growing up, her Dad, Grandpa Steve, and cousins (Denny, Marvin and Owen) played in a “family” country band. She used to love listening to them practice with her siblings. Dee continued with her love of music into dancing at a young age, performing for local senior centers and competing at local fairs. Growing up, Dee continued in the arts; singing, dancing, broadcasting, and modeling. One of her most memorable adventures in the biz, at the age of 25, was traveling to, staying and performing in Los Angeles where she was offered a steady gig.

Dee performed with her sister, Heather, her mentor Jonesy, and Streetwise’s own Tony for 8 years with the band “Foolproof”.

As a founding member of STREETWISE 11 years ago, Dee’s passion is making great memories and even greater music.

Tony Massara

- Percussion, Vocals

Every ship needs a captain, and every band needs a leader. Tony is our leader, our conscience and our guide. We follow him because of his tremendous talent. A percussionist from the age of three, Tony has performed all of his life, and continues to explore the world of music and the elements of crowd-pleasing entertainment.

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