The Juice began 18 years ago in a small club on Fort Myers Beach at the Captain’s Tavern. It featured a Beach favorite, Steve Anthony, on keys and lead vocals and boasted a four-piece horn section led by the late—and well-loved—Bruce Gora on trumpet and harmonica. Over the years some of this area’s top musicians have migrated in and out and back in The Juice, including Danny Sheppard, Jo List, Danny Keady, Don Hulgas, Craig Christman and other talented individuals. The band has recorded one CD of a live concert at the defunct club The Renaissance. The recording continues to be a favorite among The Juice fans.
The Juice Blues Band
Why they do it Hobbs says, "Like most performing musicians, we play because itís what we love to do. For me, playing is my psychiatristís couch. Where else can I unload all my emotion and pent-up stresses legally and get paid for it? But the main reason I play and like to perform is because of the communication I develop with the other musicians and the audience. We never play the same song exactly the same for that reason. We play off of each otherís contributions to a song within the confines of that piece to reach a higher emotional state and satisfaction."