The AcoustiCats - Rock / Fingerstyle Guitar
| Crown Point, IN
The AcoustiCats came to be in the mid-'90's when Joel met Ed Martin and his brother Rod at a Christmas Party. They struck up a musical friendship and the nucleus of AcoustiCats was discovered.
Joel Henderson, guitarist and vocalist, started playing the guitar at 13, studying classical guitar in Chicago and at Valparaiso University. He has since been sentenced to a lifetime of “finger-picking” and is a founding member of the AcoustiCats.
Ed Martin, bass player and lead vocalist, is a multi-instrumentalist and has been a musician all his life. He can vocally impersonate Elvis, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, and Tom Jones, and is a founding member of the AcoustiCats.
Rod Martin, drummer and lead vocalist, began his musical career in 1980 at the behest of big brother, Ed, who insisted that if he chose to join his band, he’d have to learn to sing! Rod stepped up to the plate, and is also a founding member of the AcoustiCats.
Ken Bronowski, lead guitarist and vocalist, grew up in Indiana and Florida and has played guitar/keyboard since grade school. In 2004, upon returning to Crown Point after a few years in Florida, Ken “passed the audition” & joined the AcoustiCats.
Bob Patterson, keyboardist and vocalist, has been a drummer/keyboardist for over 40 years and is the AcoustiCats’ most recent recruit, joining the band in 2007. Mike Cannon, guitarist, is Joel's formidable acoustic duo partner for weddings, parties, and dinner music in local restaurants.
The AcoustiCats frequently add a horn section for their live shows and are proud to collaborate with this popular horn trio. They consist of;
Barry Sperti, saxophones and lead vocalist, is a Tinley Park resident and full-time musician.
Kevin Mann, trombone, is and a master of the slide trombone and lives in Bloomingdale, IL.
Sonny Lee, tenor sax, is a Chicago Heights’ resident and a well-seasoned horn man.