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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

John Conley

- Bass


John lives in Miamisburg, OH. He learned to play drums at age 10 and has been playing in front of audiences since he was 16. He is originally from east-central Indiana where he played with local favorites Ambush, Horizon and Urban Legend. In the last few years he has worked with Smithville South, Flashback and Urban Station in the Dayton area. After 35 years as a drummer John switched to the bass guitar in 2004 and enjoys being out front where, with the help of his wireless system, he can interact directly with the audience. John is very excited to get the opportunity to work with the other members of Streetwise.

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.

Just a Sample Song List of What We Do

SONG ARTIST
ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT THE KINKS
ALL RIGHT NOW FREE
ALL SHE WANTS TO DO IS DANCE DON HENLEY
BILLIE JEAN MICHAEL JACKSON
BITCH MEREDITH BROOKS
BLACK MAGIC WOMAN/GYPSY QUEEN SANTANA
BLACK VELVET ALLANAH MYLES
CHINA GROVE THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
DON’T STOP BELIVIN’ JOURNEY
EX’S AND OH’S ELLE KING
FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE ELVIN BISHOP
GAME OF LOVE CARLOS SANTANA & MICHELLE BRANCH
GIRL CRUSH LITTLE BIG TOWN
HARD TO HANDLE THE BLACK CROWES
HEARTACHE TONIGHT THE EAGLES
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT PAT BENATAR
HOLD THE LINE TOTO
HURTS SO GOOD JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP
I LOVE ROCK N’ ROLL JOAN JETT
JUMP VAN HALEN
KNOCK ON WOOD EDDIE FLOYD
LA GRANGE ZZ TOP
LET’S GO THE CARS
LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
MAGIC MAN HEART
ME AND BOBBY MCGEE JANIS JOPLIN
MIDNIGHT HOUR WILSON PICKETT
MUSTANG SALLY WILSON PICKETT
MY SHARONA THE KNACK
NEVER BEEN ANY REASON HEAD EAST
NO ONE ELSE ON EARTH WYNONNA
PINBALL WIZARD THE WHO
PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC WILD CHERRY
RENEGADE STYX
RESPECT ARETHA FRANKLIN
RIGHT TO BE WRONG JOSS STONE
SEPARATE WAYS JOURNEY
SHAKY GROUND DELBERT MCCLINTON
SMOKE ON THE WATER DEEP PURPLE
SMOKIN’ BOSTON
SPOOKY THE ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION
SURRENDER CHEAP TRICK
TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS BACHMAN TURNER OVERDRIVE
THE BREAKUP SONG GREG KIHN BAND
TUSH ZZ TOP
TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE EDDIE MONEY
VENUS SHOCKING BLUE
WALK THIS WAY AEROSMITH
WEREWOLVES OF LONDON WARREN ZEVON
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU THE ROMANTICS
WILD, WILD WEST ESCAPE CLUB
WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND LOVERBOY
YOU REALLY GOT ME THE KINKS
YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG AC/DC

 

Don’t See your Favorite Songs? Drop us a line and maybe we’ll add to the ever growing list above.


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