Tramps Like Us brings more than 2 decades of road-tested musicianship that have won this band the hard-earned distinction of the planet’s most revered Bruce Springsteen Tribute band. Given high praise by dozens of publications, radio stations, music industry personal, and the ONLY tribute band to be endorsed by members of "The Springsteen Camp" such as former producer and manager Mike Appel and the official Springsteen Radio Station: E Street Radio/Sirius XM.(listen & read reviews here)
Rockers and ballads delivered with the raw intensity and swagger reminiscent of the Boss himself. Formed in 1990, and featuring a line up of seasoned and professional musicians with a repertoire of over 135 songs, Tramps Like Us has been dedicated to enjoying and sharing Bruce's music in a live setting.
The group captures the classic Springsteen sound, and remains true to the spirit and energy of the music, while delivering them with the passion and conviction of the Boss. Unlike other "tribute" bands who attempt to impersonate or emulate their source in every respect, from looks to clothing to gestures, Tramps Like Us concentrates on the music itself. Find out for yourself why E Street Radio says "If you're a big Bruce fan, you've probably seen tribute bands... and the BEST of them all is TRAMPS LIKE US" - E Street Radio / Sirius XM - LISTEN HERE
In keeping with the tradition of a typical Springsteen concert, Tramps prides itself on long and intense concerts, often playing 3.5 to 4 hour shows and at times without a break. Tramps has been able to cover up to 36 songs on any given night. With extreme detail given to the musical arrangements, guitar and keyboard parts and sounds, most people come away saying they thought they were listening to the E Street Band.
Tramps Like Us is the first and only band to ever re-create Springsteen concerts in their entirety with all songs and renditions of the songs performed as they were by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band on that selected night.
All of these concert re-creations drew complete sell out crowds at major venues such as the legendary NYC club in Times Square BB KIng, Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA, The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ and The Canal Room in NYC and others.
All of the shows were received with high critical acclaim from news outlets and Springsteen related camps, including E Street Radio, former Springsteen manager & producer Mike Appel, Springsteen Historian Stan Goldstein, NJ.com, Music and Musicians Magazine and more.
Members of Tramps Like Us
Mark Salore - Vocals & Guitars
Front man and founder of Tramps Like Us.
Mark has been performing and fronting cover and original bands starting since his day's in high school.
With guitar as his main instrument, Mark also plays piano and drums as well.
Doubling as a recording engineer and live engineer, Mark has worked as a front of house engineer in some big name clubs in NYC such as The Bottom Line and The Rock n' Roll Cafe.
Mark has extensive touring experience as a guitar and keyboard technician with Jean Beauvoir (Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul), Crown Of Thorns and The Eurythmics.
Training: Performing Arts Degree
Brian "BO" Ognan - Saxophones, Keyboards, Guitar and Vocals
Saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist.
When not playing his saxophone, Bo doubles up on keyboards and guitar to round out the bands sound. "The Bo Man" as he is fondly referred to by his band mates and fans alike often engages the audiences by roaming throughout the crowds while playing his sax.
Bo has over 20 years of national and regional touring experience, with acts such as; Sam and Dave, Hall and Oates, Taylor Dayne, Joan Jett, Georgia Satellites, John Entwistle, Tower of Power, and Don Henley, just to name a few.
Bo has been featured on 5 albums with Tony Richards, and has worked at A&M studios with Thom Panunzio.
Degree: Berklee College of Music.
Ken Hope - Piano, Organ, Keyboards and Vocals
Multi-instrumentalist Musichope recording artist Kenneth Hope has been composing music since the age of four. Ken's impeccable musical credentials include studies at the Schmidt Conservatory of Music, and studied extensively with Maestro Stahl. (Conductor of the NBC Symphony Orchestra and San Diego Philharmonic Orchestra)
Ken composes and performs on various world instruments in different genres of music, and has sold music worldwide in more than thirty four countries. While recording in world class studios, and performing throughout the country, Ken enjoys the completion of seven CD's, and is currently working on his eighth. Ken performs on numerous instruments including Piano, Native American, Indian Flutes, Irish Whistle, Hammered Dulcimer and Synthesis.
Marty Matelli - Drums and Percussion
Marty is the original drummer and founding member of Tramps Like Us back in1989.
Marty has also taught drums and percussion at colleges, as well as private and public music schools. Marty currently has a private teaching practice when not performing or touring with Tramps Like Us.
Marty graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Percussion from the Berkeley College of Music in Boston, MA.
Jonathan Sanborn - Bass Guitar and Vocals
Bass player extraordinaire, and son of legendary saxophonist David Sanborn.
Jonathan has played, recorded and performed with the likes of Eric Clapton, Harry Connick Jr., Donald Fagen as well as many other well-known recording artists.
Jonathan is also a composer, musical director, and/or sound designer for many theater productions in the last several years.
As one of the most sought after bass players in NYC, Jon has performed countless gigs with numerous acts at: The Blue Note, The Mercury Lounge, B.B. King's, The Bitter End, CBGB's, The Lone Star, Le Bar Bat, S.O.B.'s, Top Of The Senator (Toronto), Pizza Express (London), New Music Cafe, etc.
Jon has done several International Tours and Numerous Jazz Festivals, Including: The Montreal Jazz Festival - Jazz Mecca at Maastricht, Holland, Festival De Jazz , Clearwater Jazz Festival , Disney's Pleasure Island Jazz Festival , Jacksonville Landing Jazz Series
Training / Degree: Masters of Music / Berklee College of Music.
Personal sessions with: Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Steve Swallow and more
Tramps Like Us Production Crew
Guitar & Keyboard Tech
Production Manager & Coordinator / Public Relations