At the heart of waterstreet are three good friends who have been playing their growing book of original songs and tunes by their favorite artists for almost 2 decades, including blues, swing, Louisiana spice and rockin’ blues: Rob Deyman – guitars, Paul Sapounzi – bass, and Silvia Dee - keys and accordion. Adding to the vibe is harmonica player Junior Malleck and drummer "Magic" Lukasiewicz. Together they produce a high energy blues experience.
The waterstreet blues band has opened for Randy Bachman, Rik Emmett, Powder Blues Band, Mel Brown and the Homewreckers, Downchild Blues Band, Duke Robillard Band, Jeff Healey, Garrett Mason and Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials. Individual members of the band have shared the stage with Maria Muldaur, Big Dave McLean, Delta Moon, Marcia Ball, Matt Osborne, Shakura S’Aida, Cheryl Lescom, Miss Angel and the Homewreckers. Their first cd “Another Life” will soon joined by their second recording later this year.
Rob Deyman: Left-handed guitar(s) / vocals
Rob started in the Winnipeg Folk/Blues scene playing jug band, bluegrass and country blues in the Cast Iron Potty Band often playing with western Canadian blues legends Big Dave McLean and Gord Kidder. Rob’s Influences range from T-Bone Walker, Mel Brown, Freddie and BB King, SRV, and Miles Davis. Rob was the catalyst for the formation of waterstreet. His blues-tinged leads provide a soulful musical direction for the band.
Paul Sapounzi: Bass / Vocals
Paul is a big British rock fan who plays a mean vintage Hofner through vintage Vox amps. Paul started playing bass in high school with his band the Shoes. Rob and Paul met professionally outside of music and soon discovered a common love of music and performance. They soon began playing together with thoughts of starting a band. The rest they say….. is history. Paul’s vocals are a cross between the urban blues of Colin James and the melody and rawness of early McCartney. Far and away the best sense of humour on the stage, he regularly shares his talent for fun with the audience.
Silvia Dee: Keyboards /accordion/ vocals
Silvia loves jazz, blues and latin styles and has been playing music all her life. She has been influenced by Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Ray Charles and Johnnie Johnson to name a few. Silvia's stage presence and vocals command the attention of any audience and are a key featured component of the waterstreet sound. She delivers emotionally rich vocals as she presents her own songs or her own take on artists such as Billie Holiday, Susan Tedeschi, Norah Jones and SRV.