Vince Esquire

Vince Esquire

 Wailuku, Hawaii, USA
BandBluesRock

high energy, memorable blues/rock power trio that is sure to get the crowd up and moving.

Biography

VINCE ESQUIRE was born May 18, 1985 in Oakland, California and moved with his family to Maui, Hawaii at the age of four. His father, a professional saxophonist, exposed Vince to music at an early age. As a youngster Vince showed exceptional ability on drums and at six years old was performing in his dad's band. In elementary school Vince played the trumpet and trombone and at eleven began playing and excelled on the ukulele. At thirteen, he formed a contemporary Hawaiian music trio that performed at local restaurants and coffee houses. At fifteen, mesmerized by a TV biography of Stevie Ray Vaughan, he chose to devote himself to the guitar. Shortly, his phenomenal talent emerged.

At age sixteen, while attending a summer program at the Berkeley Jazz School, he caught the attention of Ronnie Stewart, President of the Bay Area Blues Society, who recognized Vince's extraordinary ability and featured him at the Oakland/Russell City and Dunsmuir Blues Festivals. At the Dunsmuir festival he played with the legendary Sonny Rhodes and was noticed by Sammi Barber, President of the Shasta Blues Society, who invited him to play at the Shasta/Redding Blues Festival where he was featured with Coco Montoya and Tommy Castro.

Back on Maui, Vince was a popular guest with many of the Maui's best bands and was featured at the Annual Rhythm & Blues concert headlined by guitar greats, Eric Johnson and Chris Duarte.

At seventeen, Vince formed his own band, The Vince Esquire Band, and found success playing the island's top venues. Later that year, Vince and his band toured Hawaii with the Derek Trucks Band and Little Feat and was featured at the annual Willie Nelson Montessori festivals on Maui where he met and performed with Los Lonely Boys. Also that year, Vince released his debut album, First Offense, produced by Johnny Winter and Joe Bonamassa bassist Mark Epstein.

In 2004, while living in Austin, Texas, Vince was honored with a personal invitation by Willie Nelson to perform at his annual 4th of July Festival in Dallas, Fort Worth where he appeared before a crowd of 50,000 enthusiastic fans. In 2005 and through 2006 Vince has continued to amaze crowds throughout the Hawaiian Islands and The West Coast, playing Los Angeles, San Diego and the Bay Area. His performances have featured both his electric guitar skills as well as his incredible gift playing the electrified ukulele.

in 2007 Vince was blessed with a personal invitation from rock/blues icon Gregg Allman to join the Allman Brothers onstage at their legendary string of shows at the Beacon Theater in New York. Vince dazzled the crowd and has since been offered the oppertunity to open a string of shows for the Gregg Allman Band. Vince is currently on tour with them.

Now fitted with a more youthful, modern rhythm section consisting of Shawn Michael on bass and Josh Greenbaum on drums, the Vince Esquire Band is sure to amaze crowds both young and young at heart.

Lyrics

Better Days

Written By: Vince Esquire

Better Days ©
Written by Vince Esquire

Why’d I do this?
Why’d I run
Life was good
Now It’s done

I know I can get the glory
And I can get the fame
Is it worth the price I pay?

With my luck run out
And the world on my shoulders
How can you blame me when I want it over with?
I won’t ever let you take me alive
I know on my own I’ll be alright

Just want to go back
Back to better days

I’ve done everything to make things work
All I got was pain and hurt
So I deserve better and I think you’ll agree
This is good by
You’ll go on without me

With my luck run out
And the world on my shoulders
How can you blame me when I want it over with?
I won’t ever let you take me alive
I know on my own I’ll be alright

Just want to go back
Back to better days
What will you do without me now that I’am gone
Thought you knew about me
I don’t think you could’ve be more wrong.

With my luck run out
And the world on my shoulders
How can you blame me when I want it over with?
I won’t ever let you take me alive
I know on my own I’ll be alright
Just want to go back
Back to better days

Discography

Back Where You Belong- Released April 2010

First Offence - released at 16 years old (2001)
Back where you belong debut late fall (2008)

Set List

covers from artists that range from B.B King and Albert Collins to Maroon 5 and Stevie Wonder, as well as original material.