Meet The Band

James Roberts

Band Founder, AKA "Mini Fridge" // Bass Guitar, Vocals

Kevin Constantine

AKA "Fast Hand" // Guitars, Vocals

Sara Schmitt

AKA "The Chick" // Vocals, Percussion

Ralph Schmitt

AKA "Free Range" // Keyboards, Vocals


Bobby Ray Haskell

AKA "The Big Tuna " // Drums, Percussion

Bryan Connors

Brian Connors

Band Founder and Lifetime Member, AKA "Kid Blanco" // Guitars, Vocals

About The Shanks

The Shanks are a premier classic rock cover band in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the past 20+ years, we have played a variety of venues from opening acts for big concerts, outdoor festivals, as well as private and corporate events.


The Shanks have a rich music heritage that dates back many years. Members of the band have been in touring bands and professional troupes. As The Shanks, we have been honored as winners, and as runner-up, of the KFOX 98.5 "Last Band Standing" competition. This competition seeks to identify the best cover bands in the SF Bay area.


The Shanks name was derived from members of the band meeting on a golf course, of all places. In Rock n’ Roll as in golf, things sometimes don’t go as planned, thus prompting the name as a reference to a misdirected golf shot.


We thoroughly enjoy entertaining the crowd  and, for us, it is all about our audience having a blast while we play songs from Van Halen, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, ZZ Top, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, Bad Company, The Pretenders, Queen, Journey, Free, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Grace Potter and Clapton just to name a few.


The Gallery

Fans of All Ages
Fans of All Ages
The Shanks Band
The Shanks Band
The Shanks Band
The Shanks Band


The Shanks Band
The Shanks Band
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Santa Teresa_2019
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Sounds of the Shores 2016
Sounds of the Shores 2016

Redwood City

Club Fox: Sara with Ruth Gerson
Club Fox: Sara with Ruth Gerson

The Music

Santana Soul Sacrifice
Hit Me With Your Best Shot - The Shanks
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Santana Soul Sacrifice
Santana Soul Sacrifice - The Shanks
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Santana Soul Sacrifice
La Grange ZZ Top - The Shanks
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Song List

  • Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Van Halen

  • All Right Now - Free

  • American Girl - Tom Petty

  • Any Way You Want It - Journey

  • Barracuda - Heart

  • Birthday - The Beatles

  • Black Velvet - Alannah Miles

  • Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones

  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

  • Crazy On You - Heart

  • Daydream Believer - The Monkees

  • Double Vision - Foreigner

  • Feels Like The First Time - Foreigner

  • Freeze Frame - J. Geils Band

  • Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group

  • Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac

  • Good Times/Bad Times - Led Zeppelin

  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benetar

  • Honkey Tonk Women - Rolling Stones

  • I Love Rock & Roll - Joan Jett

  • I'm A Man - Chicago

  • I Shot The Sheriff - Eric Clapton

  • La Grange - ZZ Top

  • Life Is A Highway - Rascal Flatts

  • Middle Of The Road - The Pretenders

  • My Best Friends Girlfriend - The Cars

  • One Way Or Another - Blondie

  • Paris (Ooh La La) - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

  • Piece Of My Heart - Janis Joplin

  • Pump It Up - Elvis Costello

  • Remedy - Black Crowes

  • Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac

  • Rock & Roll Fantasy - Bad Company

  • Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo - Rick Derringer

  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder

  • Soul Sacrifice - Santana

  • Spooky - Atlanta Rhythm Section

  • Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin

  • Start Me Up - Rolling Stones

  • Straight On - Heart

  • Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel

  • Surrender - Cheap Trick

  • Sweet Transvestite - Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • Taxman - Stevie Ray Vaughan

  • Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • Werewolves Of London - Warren Zevon

  • Wheel in The Sky - Journey

  • White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane

  • Without You - Doobie Brothers

  • Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton


and there's so much more.......


The Shanks Perform

Foreigner: Double Vision and Led Zeppelin: Good Times Bad Times

The Shanks Perform

The Black Crowes: Remedy


Performance Dates

Upcoming Shows

   August 13, 2021         Midtown Fridays Summer Block Party

    Santa Cruz, CA

                                                 Outdoor show at 1111 Soquel Ave (next to the fire station). Come join us

                                                 between 6:30 - 8:30 PM for some Shankin Rock n' Roll !

                                                 Midtown Fridays! Summer Block Party - Event Santa Cruz


   September 9, 2021    Outdoor Music at The Palms

    Los Gatos, CA

                                                 Outdoor show at 115 N Santa Cruz Ave. Come join us

                                                 between 6 - 8 PM for a Shankadelic experience !

Selective Past Shows

Aug 16, 2018

San Jose, California

San Jose Muni Summer Concert Series

Tremendous party at the Muni! This crowd is always ready to go ! Tribute to Aretha !

Jan 27, 2018

San Jose, California

Silver Creek Valley Country Club 25th Anniversary

A phenomenal party after rockin together for 19 years...Epic!

Jul 05, 2017

Capitola, California

Capitola Twighlight Concert Series

What a crowd ! We had a blast and hope to entertain on the beach again next year.

Jul 01, 2017

Hollister, California

Hollister Independence Rally

Great show rockin all the bikers in this one of a kind event ! Thanks to Mike Corbin for the sponsorship.

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Past Performance Locations

  • Campbell Summer Concert Series

  • Club Fox

  • Danville Music in the Park

  • Danville Summer Sounds Concerts

  • Guerra Vineyard Hollister Concerts

  • Jack Rose Summer Music Series

  • Los Altos Summer Concert Series

  • Los Gatos Food Fest

  • Los Gatos Music in the Park

  • Morgan Hill Music Series

  • Mountain View A La Carte and Art

  • Mountain View Art and Wine

  • Pruneyard Campbell Music Series

  • Redwood Shores Concert Series

  • San Jose Muni Summer Series

  • Silver Creek Music by the Lake

  • Sunnyvale Summer Series

  • Taste of Morgan Hill

The Shanks Perform

Fleetwood Mac: You Make Lovin Fun

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