(Rock n Roll) The BIG Zebowski is a rock n roll/originals quartet (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, and drums) with a wide and diverse repertoire ranging from The Beatles to The Grateful Dead, Elvis Costello to Elvis Presley, Bill Monroe to Bob Marley, and everything in between. Influenced by classic rock, improvisational and indie rock, jazz, reggae, R&B, psychedelic soul, delta blues, country, bluegrass and contemporary sound, our music has a wide, far-reaching range of audience appeal. Established in the fall of 2015, the members of the band have over 75 years of professional live music experience amongst them. The members are:
Kevin O’Kane- drums, vocals
Kevin received drum lessons for his eighth birthday (yes, from his parents) and marching to his own beat ever since, Kevin has been professionally performing on a regular basis for over 40 years. He’s an “in-the-pocket” drummer and veteran of numerous musical projects. Most recently Kevin has been a member of Stackabones for their 2015 festival gigs and has shared bills with Steve Kimock, Leftover Salmon, Jeff Chimenti, John Kadlecik and Jay Lane, to name just a few. Bands in the Philly area also include Sugarfoot and Beaker
Rob Simpson- rhythm guitar, vocals
“Grateful Rob” (as he’s known when playing solo) is an active musician in the Philadelphia/Jersey Shore scene. Recent solo shows include playing for LiveNation at the Susquehanna Bank Center (Camden NJ, formerly known as The Tweeter Center) with The Steve Miller Band and Doobie Brothers in the summer of 2015 as well as sharing a double bill with Jeffery Gaines in an iradiophilly festival also summer of 2015. A regular in bars and clubs throughout Delaware County, Rob has spent his summer months in Ocean City, NJ where he has a weekly gig on the city’s boardwalk. Formerly the frontman for Self Indulgence Band and lead guitar for the popular Havertown band The Unskunkables, Rob has been collaborating with Chris Waddell as The Mason’s Children Duo, also playing regularly in the Philly area.
Chris Waddell- lead guitar, vocals
Currently you may find Chris hosting his weekly Thursday night Grateful Jam at the iconic Rusty Nail in Ardmore, Pa where musicians flock for the chance to share the stage with such an accomplished musician. Chris has 25 years as a professional artist in many configurations of bands such as Crazy Fingers Band, Sage and Spirit, Fragile Thunder, KCB Band, Big Ern and Ferguson. As a force in the South Florida live music scene Chris has opened for many national acts including The Band , Donna the Buffalo, and The Radiators. Chris is a “guitarist’s guitarist” whose amazing sound comes from hours spent honing his “tone”. His customized rig consists of an Ibanez Artist guitar, a Fender Duel Showman customized head, and Celestion 15 cabinet with Boss effects.
Walt Zborowski- bass
Walt has been a regular on the Delco music scene since landing in Havertown by way of Port Richmond. His first steady gig was a 10 year run at a packed 10AM Mass at Mother of Divine Grace Church in the 70s and 80s. He also played weddings and other local events, in the end having developed deep and wide musical knowledge and proficiency, influenced by artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Sting, and Flea. After sitting in with the popular Havertown band The Unskunkables and forming several other ad hoc bands to entertain at local events, Walt switched from guitar to bass when he joined Self Indulgence Band in 2014. A veteran of festivals, civic events and, of course, bars (!!) throughout the Philadelphia region and the Jersey Shore, Walt lays down an infectious groove that gets people up and dancing.