Biography -

"Hear What You Feel; Play What You Hear"

Eric began the journey of a natural-born musician playing his saxophone anywhere at any time with anyone. In 1993, Eric began to tour exclusively with the legendary blues musician, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. Eric traveled all over the world for over 12 years until “Gate’s” death in 2005. During those years, Eric got to perform with famous musicians including, BB King, The Allman Brothers, Carlos Santana, and many more. In recent years, Eric has played with award-winning blues guitarist, Mike Zito, as well as, The BB King Blues Band featuring Tito Jackson of the Jackson 5. In addition to playing saxophone, Eric also produced the new cd for The BB King Blues Band that was released in 2019. And Eric performed on Mike Zito’s “Resurrection” cd and Tito Jackson’s new cd, “Under Your Spell” which were both released in 2021. When he’s not touring with other artists, Eric has his own band called, The Eric Demmer Band. Eric describes his sound as “high-energy blues with a mix of funk and rock-n-roll”. Eric combines a variety of musical style and influences while reminding everyone that “…the real thing comes from the heart and soul”   

ERIC has performed with many well-known and respected musicians:

  • George Duke,
  • Joe Sample,
  • David Sanborn
  • Shamika Copeland,
  • Johnnie "Clyde" Copeland,
  • Johnnie "Be Good" Johnson (pianist with Chuck Berry),
  • Duke Robillard,
  • Buddy Guy,
  • Delbert McClinton,
  • The Allman Brothers,
  • Dr. John,
  • Kim Wilson,
  • and many others. 

ERIC has performed at a multitude of venues, but here are some of his INTERNATIONAL favorites:

  • Royal Albert Hall-------------London ENGLAND
  • Carousel Delouvre-------------Paris FRANCE
  • Jazz Festival-----------------Nice FRANCE
  • Deutchland Halle--------------Berlin GERMANY
  • Flanders Expo-----------------Ghent BELGIUM
  • Bagnols Blues Festival--------Bagnols FRANCE
  • The Ahoy----------------------Rotterdam THE NETHERLANDS
  • The Forum---------------------Milan ITALY
  • Palaeur-----------------------Rome ITALY
  • San Remo Festival-------------San Remo ITALY
  • Palau San Jordi---------------Barcelona SPAIN
  • Galway Arts Festival----------Galway IRELAND
  • Club Taku Taku----------------Kyoto JAPAN
  • Club Quattro------------------Nagoya JAPAN
  • Club W'ohol-------------------Osaka JAPAN
  • North Sea Jazzfest------------Kongsburg NORWAY
  • Poro Jazzfest-----------------Pori FINLAND
  • Copenhagen Bluesfest----------Copenhagen DENMARK
  • Storsjoe Yran-----------------Ostersund SWEDEN
  • Puisto Blues------------------Jarvenpaa FINLAND
  • Shanghai Centre Theater-------Shanghai CHINA
  • Standard Banks Arts Festival--Capetown SOUTH AFRICA
  • Montreaux Jazz Festival-------Montreaux SWITZERLAND
  • Blue Balls Festival-----------Zurich SWITZERLAND
  • Luzern Blues Festival---------Luzern SWITZERLAND
  • Bern International Jazzfest---Bern SWITZERLAND

    And here are some of ERIC's NATIONAL Favorites:
  • Madison Square Garden---------New York NEW YORK
  • EMP/Experience Music Projet---Seattle WASHINGTON
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame----Cleveland OHIO
  • U.S. Air Arena----------------Lanover MARYLAND
  • The Spectrum------------------Philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA
  • United Center-----------------Chicago ILLINOIS
  • Buddy Guy's Legends-----------Chicago ILLINOIS
  • New Orleans Jazz Festival-----New Orleans LOUISIANA
  • The Barns at Wolftrap---------Vienna VIRGINIA
  • Reunion Arena-----------------Dallas TEXAS
  • The Omni----------------------Atlanta GEORGIA
  • Miami Arena-------------------Miami FLORIDA
  • Dinosaur Barbeque-------------Syracuse NEW YORK
  • Tramp's-----------------------New York NEW YORK
  • B.B. King's Blues Club--------New York NEW YORK
  • B.B. King's Blues Club--------Memphis TENNESSEE
  • B.B. King's Blues Club--------Universal City, CALIFORNIA
  • House of Blues----------------New Orleans LOUISIANA
  • House of Blues----------------West Hollywood CALIFORNIA
  • House of Blues----------------Cambridge MASSACHUSETTS
  • Robert Mondavi Winery---------Oakville CALIFORNIA
  • Beale Street Music Festival---Memphis TENNESSEE
  • Summertime Blues Cruise-------Boston MASSACHUSETTS
  • Count Basie Theater-----------Red Bank NEW JERSEY -----AND-----
  • S/S NORWAY BLUES CRUISE!!!!! RADIO and TELEVISION

APPEARANCES: British Broadcasting Company, National Public Radio, Austin City Limits, BET - "Jazz Central" with Lou Rawls, Bravo.

ALBUM RECORDING CREDITS:

CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH"BROWN:
The Man
Long Way Home
Gate Swings
Back to Bogalusa
American Music, Texas Style

MARK MAY:
Call on the Blues
Telephone Road
Dollmaker

BB King Blues Band: Soul Of The King

JOHN ELLISON:
(Remember: Some Kind of Wonderful?)
Missing You

Tito Jackson: Under Your Spell

Mike Zito: Rock-n-Roll , Resurection



SPECIAL RECORDINGS WITH OTHER ARTISTS:
Big Blues Extravaganza: The Best of Austin City Limits
Whole Lotta Blues: Songs of Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin: This Ain't No Tribute Series
Songs of Willie Dixon
Salute to the Chicago Blues Masters

Austin City Limits Lifetime Achievement Awards 2016: BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson

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