The Percolators are a well seasoned, multitalented local band playing at numerous venues in their local Hill Country area. They are frequent players in Gruene at Adobe Verde Restaurant, Infernos Pizza, The Villa at Gruene, Gruene Grove, and The Tavern in the Gruene. They have also played Infernos in Boerne, Max’s Roadhouse and Sandra’s Cantina in Spring Branch, and other venues too numerous to mention.
The band was formed in April, 2018 and this year they have gigged nearly every weekend since April. They attribute their popularity to their exceptional musicianship and to their variety in musical genres. They play the hits in Country, Honky-Tonk, Swing, Traditional, R&B, Light Jazz and Classic Rock as well as hits from local Texas songwriters.
Rick Bowerman – Bass, Vocals
Born in Houston, Texas, Rick started playing viola in the 7th grade, switched to baritone horn in the marching and concert bands of his high school, and then played French horn in junior college in San Francisco. Rick started playing bass in 1969 and later joined Wunder Elephant, a 4-piece rock/funk band from Lake Tahoe, Nevada in the early 70’s that opened for several popular San Francisco bands such as Cold Blood and Sons of Champlin. In 1975 Rick was recruited into an 8-piece top-40 show band (Snap-Crackle & Pop), that ultimately ended up playing in Hawaii. Rick returned to Texas in 2001 after living in Hawaii for 25 years and settled in the Hill Country where he’s been playing music ever since.
Joe Broccoli – Guitar, Lead Vocals
Joe began taking guitar lessons at the age of 10 and played from middle school through college with 3 other local musicians from Rhode Island. They played in numerous venues all over the New England area. He has lived in Hawaii, California and Texas, learning new material and musical genres with bands in each state. His bands have opened for renowned bands such as The Byrds, The Four Freshman, The Three Degrees, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bonnie Raitt, and many others. Due to his continued musical interests with every new band, he is eclectic in playing all types of music.
Roger Kirkpatrick – Drums
Roger has owned, operated and managed record stores in Ft. Worth, Dallas, and Abilene, and is the founder of the Texas Blues & Jazz Society (currently 5,500 members). He has promoted live music in multiple venues since 1975. For 30 years, Roger played drums for Abilene’s Slim Chance & the Survivors, a band immortalized in song by legendary songwriter/producer, Chip Taylor, author of the notable hits Wild Thing and Angel of the Morning. Roger also played drums in the Abilene Country Club’s house band for 20 years, and has worked with Don McLean, Chip Taylor, Paul Williams, and Mason Williams.
Mike McGrew – Piano, Harmonica, Melodica, Mandolin, Guitar, and Vocals
Mike was born into a musical family as both parents were multi-instrument lifetime musicians. He started on piano at age 5 and gradually added accordion, trumpet, French horn and guitar by the time he was in high school. From his first band as a freshman in high school to date he has gigged for more than 50 years. He is a lifelong pianist who has added all additional instruments listed above to the mix over the years. As a teenager, he played keyboard in church with Richard and Karen Carpenter, and was an opening act for Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Two Tons of Steel, The Derailers and Ricky Fowler.
As you can see from reading the biographies above, all members are seasoned musicians with over 175 years of combined musicianship. They take their music seriously and professional in every way. Their prices are reasonable. They would love to add your venue to their list of sites played. Please consider them for your next event.