The Band

The Smokers are an all original indie blues-rock touring band from Peoria Illinois. The band made their debut after winning the central Illinois "Road to Memphis" challenge in 2014. Their eclectic style has been described as an edgy midwestern blend of blues-rock, blue-eyed soul, and traditional elements. The Smokers focus on memorable songwriting, creative improvisation, and pure energy while on stage. They have opened for various artists including Steve Gorman from the Black Crowes, Ana Popovic, and Reverend Horton Heat. Most notably they have performed onstage twice with the legendary Buddy Guy at Legends in Chicago. The Smokers have both headlined or have held featured slots at several festivals and various venues. Their music is available for download on both iTunes and Amazon.  

Notable Venues

Buddy Guy's Legends - Chicago, IL 

New Daisy Theatre on Beale St - Memphis, TN

Greater Ozarks Blues Bash - West Plains, MO

Illinois State Fair - Springfield, IL 

Peoria Blues and Heritage Festival - Peoria, IL 

Blues, Bres, and BBQ Fest - Champaign, IL 

Sweet Corn Blues Festival - Normal, IL 

Bacon Brew and BBQ - Sun Prairie, WI 

Decatur Celebration - Decatur, IL 

 

 

Dan Galletti - Lead Vocal, Guitar

 

Dan Galletti began his musical journey at the age of 7 upon receiving his first guitar from his father. He quickly became inspired by the British blues guitar players including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and David Gilmour. By his late teens, Dan had immersed himself as a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter winning the Louis Armstrong Jazz award. He has performed in several bands from the Peoria area and has released two solo albums. Dan has a passion for the blues in all of it's variations and frequently blends crossover genres into his eclectic style including Blue-Eyed Soul, R&B, and Rock.      

Brett David - Lead Vocal, Guitar

A native of central Illinois, Brett David has been performing, writing, and recording music since age 16 after he stole his father's guitar to learn his first chords. Although he grew up listening to many genres of music, anyone who knows Brett will tell you his first love is the blues. His influences include John Lee Hooker, Billy Gibbons, and Doyle Bramhall II. His ability to create melodic and rhythmic textures along with his vocal presence makes him an integral ingredient to the Smoker's sound.   

Winston Dunbar - Keyboards, Vocal

Having played Gospel Soul in a Peoria church for over 14 years, Winston Dunbar is no stranger to the blues. He has performed with several local blues legends including Moe Baker, Chuck Ely, and Bobbye King. Playing piano for over 35 years, he was originally inspired by the ragtime of Scott Joplin. He soon became influenced by acts such as Captain and Tennille, The Blues Brothers, and “The Commitments” movie which helped him to develop his eclectic style. Winston is also a master of the Hammond B3 organ; which along with his trademark Leslie, contributes to the band's wall of sound. 

Mike Boehle - Bass, Vocal

Mike Boehle lays down the bottom end with a unique persona of his own. Playing mostly by ear and feel, his melodic bass lines are designed to help keep the rhythm section soulful as well as thumping. Influences include BB King and the free form creativity of Pink Floyd. Mike is always seeking to push himself musically while constantly improving his craft. Wielding a weathered and aged bass, Mike is the sonic fundamental that glues the Smokers together.

Tony Mata - Drums, Percussion

Keeping the Smoker’s band in time, Tony Mata brings an innovative and refreshing perspective to the blues. Having acquired his first drum set at the age of 5, he was strongly influenced by his Mexican roots while studying music under the tutelage of his father’s band. An accomplished percussionist as well, his influences include Santana and Los Lonely Boys. Tony is passionate about his rhythmic art form. His creative style provides an ear candy spotlight with a Latin flair to the Smoker’s stage.