BADD DOG BLUES SOCIETY
Tapping the wealth of abundant talent in the Bellingham blues scene, Andy Koch has brought together an up-tempo ensemble sure to please blues lovers everywhere. You’ll be in for an evening to remember as Andy and his band wind their way through the back alleys of the blues; dancing, singing
and howling the night away.
The Badd Dog Blues Society — an independent band formed in 1995 — tours steadily, working three to four nights a week from the mountains to the islands. The band travels as a four to five piece, drawing from a growing dog pound orchestra of more than 40 top-notch players, spreading the word of the
blues throughout the Northwest and up and down the West Coast from Baja to Alaska.
Andy Koch (harmonica, vocals, guitar and keyboard) was born in Salt Lake City in 1955, raised in Seattle’s inner city and now resides in Bellingham. He has been a showman since an early age and plays a variety of instruments, but focuses on vocals and harmonica. Koch is the host of regular “open
mics” in Bellingham and a guest artist with numerous local and national artists.
A sampling of Koch’s other credits include: Three years as a street musician, roaming from New York City to San Francisco to Seattle; Merlin, The Rubber Band, Dream Suite, The Blues Bandits and The Blues Tornados. He has studied with Lee Oskar, Howard Levey (of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), First Place National Harmonica
Champion Jim McLaughlin, Phil Wiggins, Bud Spires, Mark Graham, Grant Dermodey and Gary Primich, among many others.
Koch is a member of the Bellingham Independent Musician’s Association,
Allied Arts and the Washington Blues Society, He is also a perpetrator of live music in and around
Bellingham and a talent-buyer and musical director for Wild Buffalo, Bellingham’s premier live music
venue. Koch’s exciting interpretation of the harmonica puts new definitions in the dictionary of music for
this amazingly diverse instrument. His gutsy vocals make blues aficionados scream and his fun-loving
stage presence is contagious — bringing his fans back time and time again.