Since the formation of
Tip of the Top in early 2009, it
has grown to become one of the most talked about
bands in the San Francisco Bay Area. The band's
musical style is reminiscent of the 1950’s and their
live show contains many of the musical elements that
have come to be known as American Roots Music. Tip
of the Top's debut CD Depot
which has been well
received by both fans and blues music critics, is
but a small sampling of the many musical styles that
you will experience at a live show.
The music from the 1950’s has had many different names.
It has been called the blues, rock ‘n roll and rhythm
and blues. But no matter what you call it, Tip of the
Top brings this music to life like few other bands in
the Bay Area. So if you love to get up and dance or if
you like to sit back and groove to some infectious
blues, Tip of the Top is the band for you. Check
out one of their upcoming showsand
get the experience for yourself!
a fixture in the Bay Area blues scene for over 25 years,
has collaborated with The Who's-who of the area's top
blues artists including: Gary Smith,
Tommy Castro, Mark
Hummel, Kenny Ray, John Garcia, Mike Shermer, Sid
Morris. Over the years, Frank has also provided his bass
playing skills to a long list of national touring blues
acts such as Snooky Prior,
Otis Rush, Johnny
Heartsman, Little John Chrisley,
Nick Gravenites, Andy
Just, Chris Cain,
Rusty Zinn, Jr. Watson,
John Garcia, David Barrett, Jackie Payne, Larry Davis,
Mississippi Johnny Waters, Johnny Adams,
Andy Santana, "Might" Mo Rogers,
Eddie Shaw, Mike Wheeler,
Nellie "Tiger" Travis
Curtis Salgado .. the list goes on.
A short list of Frank's notable performances include
several San Francisco Blues Festivals along with several
of the San Francisco Battle of the Harps, multiple
performances at the Monterey Blues Festival, San Jose
State Fountain Blues Festival, JJ's Blues Festival,
Santa Cruz Blues Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, The
Legends of Chicago Blues at Villa Montalvo and the
California Blues Legends show.
and raised in Bombay, India, but now settled in San
an up and coming harmonica player on the Bay Area scene.
He has been a devoted fan of the Chicago Blues since
2003 and under the guidance of harp guru David Barrett,
has studied and absorbed the styles of harp greats such
as Little Walter, George Smith and
Williamson II. Aki seeks to take his music in new
directions, while keeping alive the spirit of the old
Over the last couple of years, Aki has shared the stage
with numerous blues musicians including Gary Smith, Mark
Hummel, Rich Estrin,
Charlie Musselwhite, Andy Santana, Andy Just,
John Nemeth, Rusty Zinn,
Kid Andersen, Charles Wheal, Screamin' Iain, Sid Morris,
John Garcia, "Little" Jonny Lawton, Kenny Blue Ray,
Johnny Cat, Russell Barber, Jimmy Dewrance, Ben &
Nathan, to list a few.
Aki Kumar is a Seydel endorsed artist and playsSeydel
at his shows.
onto the local blues scene 7 years ago; that's when he
first picked up a pair of sticks! Shortly thereafter, he
joined forces with harpist Dennis Carelli who worked at
Dave Barrett's School of the Blues in San Jose. It was
through his association with the School that Carlos met
many legendary and "up and coming" blues greats! He has
had the good fortune to work with many local bluesmen,
including Dave Barrett, John Garcia, Frank DeRose, Gary
Smith, Kenny Blue Ray, Sid Morris,
Screamin' Iain, Isis, and of course, Jay and the Po'
Boyz, just to name a few. Carlos has been drumming
regularly for the After Dark Blues Band, the KFB Blues
Band, and now Tip of the Top!
Lately, Carlos has been studying with the phenomenal
Wally Schnalle, a bay area drum master! Check Wally out
http://www.myspace.com/wallyschnalle. Among his main
influences as a drummer, Carlos lists Dennis Carelli,
Frank DeRose, Dave Barrett, and Wally Schnalle.