While still in his teens, Steve was co-founder, along with Ray Pepperell (DK's East Bay Ray), of a rockabilly revival/oldies show band "Crius'n". They averaged 250 shows a year for almost 10 years. Concerts in the Park, Sports Stadiums (PICS SHOWS THEM AT SF's CANDLESTICK PARK), casinos, nightclubs, TV, radio, corporate events. Steve and Ray penned the novelty do-wop send up 45 single "Vickie's Hickey" which became a regional hit. At Union Square in '76, Steve won an Elvis contest which led him to the brief meeting with Elvis backstage at the Cow Palace! Band ended when Ray started Dead Kennedys, and Steve started Steve One & the Shades.
"STEVE ONE & THE SHADES"
“Steve One and the Shades” was a popular and all-original power-pop band that shared the stage with such contemporaries as Chris Isaak, Huey Lewis and the News, Eddie Money, Greg Kihn, Eddie and the Tide, Night Ranger, and more. Steve penned all the songs on their two critically acclaimed albums, “Once in a Lifetime” (produced by the band and San Francisco's Dave Denny) and “Steve One and the Shades” (produced by the band and legendary "Duroc" Scott Mathews). In fact the Gavin Report said "Steve One and his Shades possess a remarkable talent and the ambitious songwriting and personality skills which nowadays separates the 'wannabees' from the 'doers'". They played concerts, clubs, festivals, and did numerous live broadcasts and in-studio radio programs, all to rave reviews. Steve also did a few side projects, performing lead and backing vocal harmonies, as well as rhythm guitar, at studio sessions for various artists and producers. Cruis'n co-founder Ray Pepperell, "East Bay Ray", as he was known in his then-new punk rock band "Dead Kennedys", had produced a few demo recordings for Steve, and by this time Ray had written a few new songs for his own solo, non-DK project, and had Steve do the lead vocals. This venture produced the UK hit "Trouble In Town"/"Poison Heart".
"ST. CHRISTOPHER'S SIN"/ "MR. MAJSTYK"
When Steve One and the Shades broke up at the end of the 80's, Steve spent a few years in the studio writing, singing, producing and playing guitar on a couple of projects, most notably "St. Christopher's Sin" with Shades' guitarist and co-producer Terry 'T.K.' Kincannon, and "Mr. Majstyk", a solo project, both labled as adult alternative rock/pop. These sessions, as well as outtakes and demos, are still played regularly and charting on SoundClick and BroadJam.
ON THE SILVER SCREEN/ TELEVISION
"DINO" and RAT PACK TRIBUTES
In 2007, Steve filled-in as "Dino" in a Rat Pack Tribute Show at the Viejas Casino. When David Wolf, a top Jerry Lewis Tribute artist, saw Steve as Dino, he booked him in series of "A Tribute to Martin & Lewis" shows and a mid west tour.. When Michael B. Levin was looking for a fill-in for his show "The Rat Pack Encore", he booked Steve. That lead to a couple of other national Rat Pack shows and tours.. After being introduced to Skip E. Lowe, Steve not only did three of Skippy's syndicated TV shows, but he became one of the top draws and regular members of the Monday night showcase in Beverly Hills, where he met keyboardist David Moscoe. With David Moscoe on board as musical director he started a series of his own local shows which continue to this day.
"THE RETRO-ROCKERS" and more
With Dave Moscoe as MD and keyboardist, he started assembling a band made up of the finest musicians in Southern California. This band would cover everything "FROM RAT PACK TO ROCK &"ROLL".Wanting only the best, Steve realized that these cats would be in high demand from still-touring big name acts, so Steve and Dave built up a pool of alternate pro musicians from which to draw for various shows. This lead to the creation of "The Retro-Rockin' All-Stars", which would become "The Retro-Rockers". This concept assures that every show has the top talent available. The stellar reputation of the show grew, which ultimately lead to his appearances on the Jimmy Kimmel Live stage and numerous club and casino gigs, as well as private parties and corporate events. Eventually Steve started adding his more show-oriented tributes, Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond in particular, and as these segments of the show grew by popular demand, offers of individual tribute shows started coming in. Steve continues to use the platform of his band's club performances to introduce new features and tributes, such as the ever-growing "Johnny Rivers A Go Go", the elemental "Sons of Sun" (a salute to the Sun Records artists), "the hippy-dippy sixties groove thing" and to perfect, expand and "road test" new material for the existing tribute shows. This keeps the shows unpredictable, fresh, exciting, and keeps the fans coming back for more!