Founded in the Washington, DC area in 1972, The Nighthawks were a roots band before anyone had come up with the term. Their mix of blues, rock, rockabilly, soul and swing appeals to a widely diverse audience, built over years of touring throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. The band has opened doors and forged touring routes for their contemporaries, including The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray, and they have played with such blues and rockabilly legends as Muddy Waters, James Cotton and Carl Perkins.
Over the past few decades, The Nighthawks have released over 10 albums, including 2011's Last Train to Bluesville, winner of the Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album of the Year. The band’s current lineup features founding member Mark Wenner on harp and vocals, Paul Bell on guitar and vocals, Johnny Castle on bass and vocals and Mark Stutso, who replaced longtime member Pete Ragusa, on drums and vocals. To see The Nighthawks is to experience a delicious stew of musical styles, refined and aged to perfection.