& The SoulShakers are a high energy R&B outfit led by New Orleans transplant & front man Bill Shaka. Shaka, settled
in CT after losing his home during the devastating floods bought on by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005.
Honesty, Energy, & Entertainment, is Shaka's motto... adding, "one
never knows what combustible form of spontaneity will rear it's head during a live SoulShakers performance".
Having spent considerable time in Europe, Shaka has appeared on the festival
and club circuit there, but is quick to point out that performing full time on the Big Easy's Bourbon Street most certainly
helped to sharpen his skills as a showman and shape him into the performer he is today, Shaka states, "if you couldn't
belt a Carny's bark and back your ballyhoo on Bourbon, then you weren't worth your salt as a live performer".
Besides Shaka's impassioned vocals and
ability to sculpt heartfelt vignettes, he is complimented by the roots rich guitar sounds of Joe Ethier, and the rock solid
second line rhythm's of Rob Blaschke on drums.
2013 Shaka & The SoulShakers CD "Heard A Mighty Rumblin'" was voted the best self produced Blues CD in the
state of CT.
In 2011 & 2013 the SwampShaka Duo
won the CT Blues Challenge, representing the state of CT at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis,TN where they advanced
to the semi-final round in their first appearance.