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                   GUITAR, HARMONICA, UKULELE, DOBRO


      GREETINGS. I'M MIKE BILLO, A MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST FROM SAN FRANCISCO

      I PLAY GUITAR, HARMONICA, UKULELE and DOBRO
     
      I also play Electric Bass, Button Accordion, Banjo, Mandolin, Upright Bass and Musical Saw
     
      My repertoire of over 1000 songs consists of PRE-WAR BLUES and JAZZ, OLD-TIME COUNTRY, SWING, NOVELTY SONGS, "STANDARDS", "DIXIELAND", JUG BAND MUSIC and TIN PAN ALLEY RARITIES.
    I know hundreds of Traditional American, Irish, Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddle Tunes, that I play on the Harmonica.

     I began playing Guitar and Harmonica in the highly eclectic San Francisco music scene of the '60's playing Blues, Country, Folk and Jug Band Music
     In the early '70's I was playing Guitar and Harmonica in the House Band, at the West 40 Club in Sacramento, playing Country Music, 7 nights a week, 364 days a year (They gave us Christmas Day off.)
  By the late '70's, I was  in the House Band at the legendary Eli's Mile Hi Club in Oakland playing with such  Blues Artists as Mississippi Johnny Waters, Sonny Rhodes, Luther Tucker, Charles Brown, Sugar Pie DeSanto and "Cool Papa" Sadler.
  In 1977 I toured with Texas Blues Guitar Master, Albert Collins.
  From 1978-80, I played Bass with Big Walter "Shakey" Horton, the greatest living Harmonica Player of that era, who also mentored my own Harmonica playing. We were frequently joined onstage by Walter's protege', Charlie Musselwhite.

   In 1979, I got my first Ukulele and began gigging with it, almost immediately

   During most of the '80's, I played Harmonica, Guitar Dobro, Bass and Mandolin with various Blues and Country bands
   I played Harmonica, Ukulele and Musical Saw in Jug Bands and Novelty bands, which I continue to do, to this day.
   Since 1981, I have performed every day in Senior Citizens Facilities, playing Guitar, Harmonica, Ukulele and Button Accordion, leading sing-alongs and playing the music of 1900-1940's, which I continue to do, to this day.
  
  In '82, I played Harmonica and Mandolin with Bluegrass and Country Music's foremost Female Pioneer, Rose Maddox.  

   In1990, I was a founding member of Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers and during my four years with the band, we won the SF Weekly's Wammie Award and toured with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Robert Cray and Clarence Clemmons.
   While a member of the Skillet Lickers, I played with Blues Legend John Lee Hooker and with Avante-Garde Jazz Trumpeter Don Cherry (of the Ornette Coleman Quintet).
 
   From 1994-2002 I played in the house band at the West Coast's, Americana Shrine, DeMarco's 23 Club, in Brisbane, playing American Roots Music several nights a week.
   During that time I also played in, Guitar Virtuoso, Jim Campilongo's (Norah Jones' Guitarist), pioneering Western Swing/Jazz ensemble, The Ten Gallon Cats
   In 1998, I was a founding member of the Tarantulas Jug Band, playing Guitar, Harmonica,Ukulele, Musical Saw and Dobro.
  

2000-2010
  From 2000-2003, I played with the New Orleans Funk/Blues ensemble, the Brothers Goldman performing at such venues as, the Great American Music Hall and the Fillmore Auditorium.
  Since 2003, I've played Guitar, Harmonica and Ukulele with the Loose Licks Jug Band
  From 2006-2009 I played Ukulele, Guitar and Harmonica with the Hot Hawaiian/'20's-'30's Jazz group, the Faux Hawaiians
  Since 2006, I've played Guitar, Uke and Harmonica with the Amazing Grapes Jug Band.

2010-                                                                                    
  I provided all the music (Harmonica and 5 String banjo) for the animated cartoon, "A Case Of Bad Cluck"
  I performed at the Great American Music Hall with the Loose Licks Jug Band
  I played on the County Fair circuit with the "Oldies" Rock 'n Roll band, "The Hot Rods"







Me, with Albert Collins at the Green Earth Cafe, 1978

                    ME, WITH ALBERT COLLINS, AT THE GREEN EARTH CAFE 1977