Dave Steffen knows hard traveling. He ought to. He's found the road a companion
for thirty years. During this time Dave has played in clubs from Hawaii
to Pound, Wisconsin, bringing his signature style of blues rock to many
thousands of people across America.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Dave began playing guitar as a young boy,
showing unusual talent even at a very early age. By the time he left high
school, his band was signed to Scepter Records. Within five years, he
had also released recordings with RCA and Mercury Records. His talent
as a songwriter and singer, in addition to his prowess as a guitar player,
earned Steffen and his band special recognition in Billboard and
Cashbox magazines and the Gavin Report.
Dave continued to play venues in Wisconsin, opening for such national
acts as Rush, Boston, Styx, and REO Speedwagon, as well as headlining
his own shows. For several years Dave and his band continued to receive
acclaim in clubs throughout the upper Midwest, including Chicago, Minneapolis,
In 1986, the Dave Steffen Band headed west to the bright lights of San
Francisco to experience the Bay-area music scene. During an adventurous
nine-year stay, Dave worked with a variety of national musicians, opening
for groups like Huey Lewis and the News, Santana, Ronnie Montrose, Robin
Trower, and Journey. Guitar virtuosos like Carlos Santana and Neil Schon
noticed in Dave a special giftedness as a guitarist, and on various occasions
would come to his performances to jam with him in an intimate
club setting. During this time, Dave continued to write and record his
own music, releasing three album/CDs.
In 1995 Dave returned to Wisconsin, back to his roots. Since that time,
he has performed both with his band and as a solo act. His ability to
adapt to so many music environments is the mark of a skilled professional.
He continues to receive accolates from his peers in other bands. Just
ask them. He connects with an audience not only because he is good, but
also because he is a genuine performer. He gives people one hell of a
show. In that, he has never failed.
Like the dented blue Chevy van, which has carried his equipment 450,000
miles through three engines and twenty states, Dave, too, continues his
hard traveling. He still has the power to amaze old friends and new fans
with performances that show no signs at all of slowing down, not for a
long, long time.