Band to Join, Mandolin, Steel guitar, Upright bass.


John is an established professional musical performer and plays acoustic shows around the San Francisco area. Hailng from blues + jazz saturated upstate NY city of Rochester, he was captivated by the intensity and emotion of monumental east and west coast blues, rock and jazz improvisers of the past and more recent modern Jam Band, Groove and Indie Rock acts. John picked up the harmonica at 14, influenced by his harmonica playing Grandfather + Uncle, and by other famous Harmonica greats. He spent hours emulating and playing along with friends and recordings. In 2003 when during a major life changing summer John decided to pack his life into his jeep and trek cross-country and relocated to SF. John now plays acoustic shows around The SF Area with a rotating cast of accompanists that consist of fiddle, hand percussion, mandolin, and bass. Deeply rooted and well-versed in American roots music and early southern blues John + Friends will take you on a musical road trip across the country with feel-good songs of substance and integrity

Screen name:
Member since:
Nov 03 2017
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:


Neil Young, Robert Johnson, The Band, Allman Bros., Muddy Waters, Charlie Musselwhite, JJ Grey & Mofro, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Tab Benoit, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Robert Randolph, Sonny Landreth, Duane Allman, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo, Otis Rush, Howlin' Wolf, Son House, BB King, Johnny Winter, Robben Ford, Fat Freddy's Drop, Little Feat, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lowell George, Phish, Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, Moe., The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson, STS9, MMW.

Instrument experience:

Vocalist - Tenor:
Lead Guitar:
Acoustic Guitar:


Takamine Jasmine Acoustic Steel String
Taylor Acoustic Steel String
Fender Telecaster
Marine Band, Special 20's, and Lee Oskar harmonicas (10 harps)
Roland Blues Cube 60
Vox mini amp
Sure mic's



Past Events

John Rybak + Friends @ Ferment, Drink, Repeat in SF for the first time.