Ken Petersen (Vocals, Guitar) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His experience and education in music began at an early age. Ken has been playing and composing for over thirty years. In 1971, Ken joined David Peel and the Lower East Side Band. In 1972 Ken and David Peel both joined “John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band “playing for 2 years and recording the album "The Pope Smokes Dope” which was signed to Apple records. Ken plays lead, acoustic and bass guitar, mandolin, keyboard, harmonica, and is lead vocals in his band the “Ken Petersen Band. Ken has appeared on "The Normal Bean Show" CTV-29, Secret House Vineyards, filmed in Oregon. Ken has toured the West Coast and worked on numerous studio projects. Ken has performed with: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, David Peel, Chuck Berry, Dr. John (the Night Tripper), Henry Turner Jr., Normal Bean, Kenny Reed, Paul J. Biondi, Stick Martin, Johnny Bravo and numerous others in his 30 years in the music business.
Kurt “Doc” Harris (Bass) has been playing bass for over 20 years. His hometown is Clearwater, Florida. Doc considers his influences to be many different styles. His mentor is Jeff Berlin and other influences include Marcus Miller, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Ron Carter, Alphonso Johnson, Larry Graham, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clark, Rosco Presita, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Jimmie Hendrix and the list goes on. Doc plays several instruments but prefers to play bass because of the role it has with the drums and considers it the backbone of the group. Doc is also a licensed physician and practices in the Tampa Bay Area. He believes music is a healing experience and playing music, brings joy into the lives of others. He is dedicated to the success of the band.
Richie Newport (Lead guitar) is originally from Long Island New York. He has appreciated music starting at a very young age. He began playing guitar and bass almost immediately upon reloacting to Clearwater Florida. Richie has played with a variety of bands in the Tampa Bay area beginning in the early 1980's. He began focusing on blues based music in the early 2000's. Richie then added some country flavor to his mix of styles by the 2010's. He continues to add to his repertoire as he brings his variety of experience to the Ken Petersen Band.
Eddie Santiago (Drums) was born in Harlem NYC. He started playing drums at the age of 10. He played his first professional gig at the age of 16. He also studied arranging and composing in college. He went on to play with such greats as Bo Diddley, Chubby Checker, The Shirelles, Del Shannon and jazz bassist Ray Brown. Eddie's musical background consists of classical, soul, rock and jazz.