Spectacular “show band” helmed by Mark, with his 3-octave tenor voice and championship harmonica playing, sounds like a quintessential Chicago Blues Revue Band. This quartet is truly one of the best rhythm and blues outfits on the West Coast.
Blues at Its Level Best
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. With Grammy nominated Mark Dufresne at the helm with his 3-octave tenor voice, and his championship harmonica playing at full force, Mark’s powerhouse skills are sure to captivate and entertain. 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. Stapleton’s artistry is second to none.
On upright and electric bass, the rock solid Guy Quintino is the perfect foundation to this tight rhythm section.
On drums, the accomplished and brilliant David Hudson shows off a lifetime’s collection of grooves and chops.
The Mark Dufresne Band is not your typical blues fare. This spectacular “show band” plays the material like a quintessential Chicago Blues Revue Band. This quartet is truly one of the best rhythm and blues outfits on the West Coast.
“DuFresne is as distinctive as a vocalist as he is a fiery player; rather than recycling old riffs, his original compositions are tuneful, melodic and grooveworthy..”
BLUES REVIEW MAGAZINE
"We have had hundreds of different bands and these guys are still one of my most favorite groups. I have to say, the combination of Billy Stapleton and Mark DuFresne together, is unbeatable. Also, as a band, they are by far the easiest to work with. They are winners!"
CRAIG BAKER, OWNER AND FOUNDER OF BAKE’S PLACE
...they are a very talented and fun band and they always leave the audience wanting more."
STEVE ERICKSON, OWNER, EASY MONKEY TAPHOUSE
ACCOLADES AND AWARDS
Grammy nomination for “That’s Right” (with Roomful of Blues)
2004 W.C. Handy award for Best Band - 2004. (with Roomful of Blues)
The New England Blues monthly: Best Blues Vocalist