The juke$, formed in 2021, is an amalgamation of some of the greatest musicians from Southern California. Each member coming from years of experience playing in other high profile acts. The juke$ specialize in Blues, swing, jump, oldies, and any good ol' American roots music. High energy is the name of the game and they bring it, all the while maintaining an authenticity and respect to the music and history they play. 

The juke$ in the short time they have been together have developed a reputation for packing venues and garnering fans everywhere they go.

Ace Torres (Guitar, Bass) 

      Ace is the founder of the group has previously played with The Blues Pharaohs, Chickenbone Slim and the Biscuits, Casey Hensley and others. He is versatile and plays multiple instruments including electric and acoustic guitar, electric and upright bass, accordion, harmonica, piano, and lap steel. His influences range from early Alan Lomax documented blues to the Chess recordings, all the way up to bands such as Soundgarden and hip hop acts of the 90s.


Marcus Bashore (Drums) 

     Drummer extraordinaire and the #1 call for many bands around town, The juke$ are lucky to have Marcus drum for us everywhere we go. With a long list of acts he's played for it's almost easier to list the acts he hasn't played for. Here's a current list of acts he supports:  The Juke$: featuring Ace Torres, Blue Largo: with Eric Lieberman & Alicia Aragon, Chickenbone Slim: Featuring Larry Teves, Sue Palmer: and Her Motel Swing Orchestra, Billy Watson: and the International Silver String Submarine Band,  Charles Burton Band, The Hickory Wind Band, Lil A and the Allnighters.

Steve Garcia (Vocals, Harmonica)

   Our beloved frontman, vocalist, and harmonica specialist, Steve has been playing around since the 80s. With a smooth style and crooner style vocals, his singing draws you in with soul and passion. Staying true to his roots, he specializes in blues harmonica greats such as Little Walter, George Harmonica Smith, Sonny Boy Williamson, Kim Wilson, and many post World War greats. 

Justice Guevara (Guitar, Bass)

     International sex symbol and prodigy, we have a true celebrity in our ranks, playing both guitar and upright bass. An active member of many full time bands, The juke$ are privileged to have Justice among us. A true musical genius, he's easily the best musician in the room. He also plays for Chickenbone Slim and the Biscuits alongside superstar Laura Chavez. In addition, he also plays for Jaleene Serenity and Topeka Clementine. 

Scot Smart (Guitar, Bass) 

     Big hitter, Scot Smart has played with the best of the best. Most recently, he's known for being a part of legendary Ben Hernandez's project- Bright. You can easily find Scot on bass and guitar on Youtube backing up the best from James Harman, Mercedes Moore, Billy Watson, and many others.