Smokestack Lightnin' Home Page -- The Blues Profile Page

Blues DragonBlues Dragon

MARK J. TELESCA -VOCALS / BASS

Mark has been on the South Florida music scene for over a decade. Proficient in many styles of music from classical to jazz, Mark has worked in several symphonies; he has held the bass chair in over a dozen Broadway musicals and he has shared the stage with some very well known names in the rock and blues industry.After ten years of being a sideman, this is his first attempt at stepping out and fronting his own band. His expressive style of bass playing and powerful lead vocal is capturing the attention of blues lovers everywhere.

MIKE "BIG DOG" HUNDLEY- GUITAR

Mike began his music career playing guitar for his local church at the age of nine. As a teenager he moved his talents into the clubs and larger venues, working in some
of the most popular bands in the area. During the 1980's he shifted gears and hit the road with a couple of heavy rock bands. Most notably “Stagger” and “Sweet Mercy”. After a few years of that, he returned home to South Florida and was performing in funk, disco, rock and blues bands. Mike was one of the first local musicians invited to play at Sunfest and helped turn that event into what it is today. A truly gifted musician, his unique style of playing makes him one of the most in demand guitarists in the area.

RICK (RICO) GERAGI - PERCUSSION / DRUMS

Originally from Pittsburgh , PA , Rico found his way to Los Angeles , California . He quickly became part of the music scene and remained there for 20 years. He has toured, recorded or shared the stage with many major artists including Lani Hall (Sergio Mendez), Louis Johnson (Brothers Johnson), Delaney Bramlett (Delaney and Bonnie), Robbie Neville, as well as Lionel Hampton and Carole King. Soon after relocating to South Florida it didn't take long for him to be picked up by some of the most popular bands in the area. His years of experience, vast knowledge of rhythm, and flowing mixture of percussion and drums helps to make Blues Dragon totally unique.

THE REVEREND T. MONACO - HAMMOND ORGAN

Tony began his music career as a guitar player at the age of 7. However once he witnessed the sound of a spinning Leslie coupled to a Hammond organ, he began a life long love affair with the Hammond. Though his style has been influenced by many keyboard players, his early influences included such organ greats as Booker T. and Jimmy Smith, to more modern day heroes like Tony Monaco (yes, the other one) and Joey Defrancesco. As a multi- keyboardist, his journey took him to studios and stages from New York to Los Angeles, at which time his focus was on synthesizers and piano. During this time The Reverend toured with Foreigner, Steppenwolf, and Quarterfash. As fate would have it, his invitation to work with Mark Telesca and Blues Dragon has led him back to his passion...... The Hammond Organ. Now, he brings that passion to his friends in Blues Dragon....."The Reverend is in the House!!!"

FRED WENG - PERCUSSION / DRUMS

Born and raised in South Jersey, Fred got his musical start in bands around the Jersey shore and the  Philadelphia area. He earned his music degree from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University ) and after graduation took the position of Instrumental Music Director for Sterling High School in Somerdale N.J. After 4 years of playing and teaching he left the high school and moved to New York to join the progressive (and theatrical) rock band “Harlequin”. Later he helped form a classic rock trio called “The Differents”. Fred spent his last couple of years in N.Y. playing club dates and jazz gigs all over Manhattan and the Tri-State area before moving to So. Florida to join “The Technics”. He now keeps his musical ideas fresh by playing in a variety of bands; rock, jazz and blues. He met Mark on a couple of gigs over the past few
years and the rest is history.