Hailing originally from Arcata, California, Kevin Coggins powers the groove behind Ruckus with the solid, driving pulse of a veteran roots, rock and blues drummer. His extensive 40 years of experience includes performing and recording with many internationally known artists such as James Cotton, Leon Hughes' Original Coasters, Albert King, Boz Skaggs and many others in a diversity of styles including Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Soul, Gospel and Country music.
Through an active career as a hard working drummer, Kevin has performed in many diverse productions as both a drum set player and percussionist in settings such as live concerts, studio recordings, corporate events and nightclubs. His experience also includes working in live theater, with opera companies, symphony orchestras, performances on television and radio.
With training involving University studies (majoring in both percussion performance and music education), Kevin has been an active music educator both in the public school system and as a private drum instructor for over 30 years; which includes a current faculty position at the School of the Blues in San Jose, CA. As well as producing educational seminars and drum clinics, Kevin has been a clinician in the Blues in the Schools program in Monterey County (underwritten by a grant from the Monterey Bay Blues Festival education division).
Kevin has two instruction books published through Mel Bay Publications, a part of a lesson series developed with the School of the Blues faculty.
A love for drumming is at the root of Kevin’s spirit and soul, which has led him to be involved in all aspects of the art, including the collecting and restoration of vintage drums.
Influenced by the Great Masters of the Blues, Harmonica player and vocalist Vic Cozart spent his early years as a music apprentice in the vibrant Rock and Blues scene in the Bay Area. A native of San Francisco, Vic worked for many years as a roadie with the popular regional rock act, Hot Toad; where he gained firsthand experience with a successful working band while developing a passion for playing the harmonica.
Vic left the band to pursue other opportunities but he stayed on the road, traveling to many exciting and distant areas after going into business for himself. As the owner of a successful Outdoor Adventure Company, Vic groomed his unique playing style in Hawaii, Alaska and throughout the rugged areas of California. Spending many years as a river guide and with harmonica in hand, Vic was afforded the opportunity to treat his guests to music well beyond typical camp fire songs.
With formal instruction at the School of the Blues in San Jose, under the direction of harmonica expert David Barrett, the school’s founder, Victor's playing style has rocketed beyond his years. His styling favors brilliant Blues Harmonica artists such as William Clarke, Little Walter, The Sonny Boy's, and Junior Wells.
With a witty demeanor and an assured sense of humor, Vic now manages the front man responsibility for The Ruckus Band, focusing his growling vocal style and passionate enthusiasm on stirring up a high energy live performance every time.
Tom Hammer, a Chicago native, cut his teeth in the music industry in 1971 playing the West Side Chicago Blues circuit and became hooked. 10 years later, after moving to California in 1981, Tom made his mark in the Bay Area playing just about every Bay Area Blues Arena available. A founding member of the Fat Katz, a very popular Bay Area Blues Band in the 90’s, Tom performed in the Bay Area Blues Awards 1993 at the San Jose Civic Auditorium and was nominated Best Bay Area Bass Player of 1993, winning the JJ’s Blues, Best Bay Area Band contest that same year. A skilled performer in all genres of music, Bass guitar or stand up, Tom’s diversified playing enabled him to perform Rock and Blues music with a local favorite “Troublemakers” and some very upbeat cycobilly sounds with the “Motor Punx”. Tom Hammer is the glue of the Big Rockin' Blues Band sound, filling our sound from the low end. This humble bass guitarist is an under-appreciated beast. Tom found a way to incorporate ridiculous technique with necessity and he accomplished this with melodic and rhythmic inventiveness. You can’t find a better example of how to be the best without being too showy. The old saying “Get More With Less” really applies to Tom’s playing. Watch closely the back line of The Ruckus Band you are in for a pleasant surprise.
Born n Oakland, CA, Danny’s early exposure to music was an ersatz collection of Big Band, Latin Jazz, and Rhythm and Blues. He began playing saxophone at age 6 and toured Japan with his Junior High School Band. Getting serious about guitar in his early twenties, he was afforded the opportunity to meet and play with some of the greatest musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area . He has toured Europe, Asia, and Canada. Working such local gigs as the legendary Fillmore and The Hollywood Bowl, were some of the high points of his early career. Danny has also delved into his other passion, building show winning custom motorcycles. Having thirty plus years working with his friend Arlen Ness in the custom motorcycle industry as his "day job", Danny's driving, hypnotic rhythms, powerful, melodic solos, and soulful, bluesy vocals are sure to keep you on your feet and partying all night long.