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"Steven and his band 46 Wins Battle of the Bands"

Steven Marcus and his band 46 wins 1st at 2008 Texas State University Battle of the Bands and will now open for a national act at Texas States Annual Riverfest. The Riverfest draws over 20,000 annually which is held on the San Marcos River at Sewel Park on the Campus of Texas State University. - Texas State University


"Steven and his band 46 Performs for 250,000"

Steven Marcus and his band 46 headlines Celebrate San Antonio New Years Eve party. Performing on the Bud Light Main stage 46 played two sets from 9:40 to midnight.

The San Antonio Parks Foundation, along with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, produces the annual New Year’s Eve event, Celebrate San Antonio. This free event features something for everyone including music on four stages and special entertainment areas for children and families. Celebrate San Antonio attracts approximately 250,000+ people to the downtown area. Most hotels report sellouts and local restaurants are at capacity during New Year’s Eve, thanks to the event and its popularity. The San Antonio Parks Foundation is proud to be able to contribute to the San Antonio economy by hosting this event for locals and out of town holiday visitors.

To date this is 46's largest gig which went off without a hitch. The crowd went wild for the first set intro which featured Matt Franke on a Synthesized Bass. The Second Set featured a wardrobe change into black suites with black ties for ZZ Tops Sharp Dressed Man. - San Antono


"Steven and his ban 46 hits #1 on the Blues Charts"

On August 26th Steven Marcus and 46 became the #1 ranked blues artist on Reverbnation were the are now a featured artist. - Reverb Nation


"Steven Marcus and 46 Featured on KTSW"

Mexico Blues by Steven Marcus and his band 46 was recently featured on KTSW the local show in San Marcos Texas. - KTSW


"Steven Marcus and Forty Six Win Summer Sounds at Sunset"

Steven Marcus and his band win Summer Sounds at Sunset. This summer long battle of the bands featured 27 bands from across Texas. - Mix 96.1


"Steven Marcus advances to semi finals King of the Blues"

Steven Marcus takes first place in the Store finals of the Guitar Center King of the Blues competition in San Antonio Texas. Steven will now compete in the semi finals in Houston Texas on September 30th. - Guitar Center


"Blues Festival Guide New Blues Artist on the Rise"

Steven Marcus and 46 featured as New Blues Artist on the rise in their November issue. - Blues Festival Guide Magazine


"Stinking Groovy"

"Steven and his band 46 are Stinking Groovy. Such a tight band with a great new groove." - Craig Crash Chambers - KZEP


Discography

Steven has a full compliment of Original Songs Including:

I wanna know, Let me Love You, Counting the Days, Mexico Blues, Better, Casino, Take, Have a Little Faith, Soul Searching, What's it Gonna Take Austin Blues, See You Tonight, Burning, DNA and Sunny Days.

Many of these originals can be found throughout the internet on myspace, Reverbnation, Vimeo and YouTube.

You can catch Mexico Blues streaming on internet radio and often on KTSW in San Marcos.

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Bio

Born in Austin, Texas, Steven Ryan Marcus grew up in a family that loves music. At an early age Steven showed his ability to sing and perform in front of large crowds. This was evident in his 4th grade talent show when Steven memorized and sang in its entirety Marty Robbin's classic "El Paso." Steven learned the words to the song after hearing them repeatedly on a family RV trip to the Grand Canyon. Steven also tried his hand at violin and had some success in band playing the trumpet but these instruments just didn't seem to fit. Steven opted to play football in high school. By the end of his Sophomore year Steven began to explore his father's acoustic guitar and soon fell in love. Steven took a few guitar lessons and soon began writing song after song, spending hours recording his own music and sharing his CD's with his high school friends.

As Steven transitioned from football to music he was invited to be a leader in the music ministry at his congregation, Community Bible Church. Steven played lead guitar in the student choir; Puresound and led the band in worship for the 5th & 6th grade students for 2 years.

When Steven decided to focus solely on music he bought a Fender electric guitar and started learning some classic southern rock and blues songs from the Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. Steven's Senior year of high school he decided to take a music theory class when he met Damon Martinez, a drummer and Matt Franke, a bass player. Together they formed Steven's first band; Four, Six & Skins and the band started gigging at local restaurants and clubs around town, always with Steven's faithful high school gang in attendance. One of the venues they frequented was the now defunct Rolling Oaks Bar and Grill where some of Central Texas' finest musicians played. One of those musicians was Steven's cousin Ryan Bingham. It was this fact that the booking agent at Rolling Oaks decided to book Steven's band. It was soon apparent that Steven had not only a knack for singing and playing the guitar he was now heavily into writing his own songs; songs that seem to transcend generations and even genre's. Steven's early Southern Rock and Blues influence were melding with the Americana influences of his cousin, Ryan Bingham.

In the summer of 2008 Damon headed off to college on the east coast and the band brought in a new drummer Jonathan Carter at which time they dropped the "skins" and changed the name to simply "46." Believe it or not the band decided on the name because it was easier to text the number 46 when calling practice. The word was getting out on 46 and in late August Eric Clapton made them a top friend on his myspace. It seems that Clapton's talent scout's were keeping an eye on the band and by placing them on their top friend's list the band started receiving up to 500 hits a day on their own myspace.

As more and more venues were opening up to the band, the biggest gig for 46 was just around the corner. In October 2008, 46 manager contacted the City of San Antonio to inquire about the upcoming New Year's Celebration. San Antonio puts on the states largest New Year's celebration which attracts over 250,000 to downtown San Antonio. This huge party boast 4 stages and the band hoped to play on one of them. Initially the city denied the request but 46's manager wouldn't take no for an answer and after sending several press kits to various people in charge of the event 46 received a call from the talent buyer. After a few days of negotiations 46 secured not only a spot on the line up but the headliner for the largest party in the great state of Texas with press coverage from the San Antonio Express News and Live TV coverage from Kens 5.

As Freshman at Texas State, Steven and Matt secured a spot at the University's Annual Talent Show where 46 played for over 1,000 people and took second place to an all Senior group. But that was just the beginning, next the band was entered in Texas State University's Annual Battle of the Bands where they took FIRST Place winning $500 and securing a spot in the University's annual Riverfest opening for a national act this past May.

After a year playing with a full band the Central Texas based singer songwriter guitarist is expanding his Blues Rock genre to include Folk and Americana. While not performing with his full band Forty Six, Steven can be found honing his acoustic set list giving his listeners an intimate peek into his emotionally charged original songs.

Steven is currently working on several recording projects while plying his trade at various venues, restaurants and clubs from Austin to San Antonio and all points in-between.