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Wandering Acoustics is a Bay Area band that began as a wife and husband duo. Sonia and Russ, who originally met in a band 3 decades ago, found themselves reigniting their passion of playing music after taking an extended break to raise their son. During shelter-in-place, the couple had the opportunity to play and record music at home and started building a song list which included Beatles, Eagles, Bowie, Tom Petty, CSN and other classic rock and pop songs.


As more outdoor dining areas emerged, Sonia and Russ started to search for places to perform. The Los Altos Village Association (LAVA) gave them their first opportunity to perform at the Los Altos Farmers Market which led to more opportunities at local venues, restaurants, wineries, breweries, festivals and local events.


Seeking to elevate their live performances, Wandering Acoustics welcomed a new member into their ranks. Enter Jeff Schmidt, a skilled drummer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who seamlessly integrated himself into the group, infusing their music with a fresh energy and adding a new dimension to their sound. 


By the Spring of 2023, Wandering Acoustics had celebrated their 100th show at the Campbell Boogie Festival! They are also performing regularly at local venues, such as The Post, San Pedro Square MarketTessora's Barra di Vino, Menlo TavernLoma Brewing CompanyBig Dog Winery and The Mountain Winery.


The members of the Wandering Acoustics band look forward to seeing long-time friends, as well as meeting new friends at each of their shows. Visit the calendar for a complete list of upcoming events, or if you'd like to receive the latest news each month, please join the Wandering Acoustics mailing list.

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vocals, bass

As a bassist in the Wandering Acoustics, Russ provides a solid groove, embellished with a melodic sensibility best described as a cross between James Jamerson and Paul McCartney, delivering pulsating beats that awaken the very essence of the genre.


vocals, drums, percussion

Jeff is a multi-instrumentalist of 80's fame! He toured as the drummer and keyboardist for the English Beat and General Public. He records and produces music for up and coming Bay Area musicians. He's aptly nicknamed "Thunder" for his thunderous and resonant baritone vocals!


vocals, violin, guitar

Born and raised in California, Sonia learned piano and violin as a tot and picked up guitar along the way. She has performed in orchestras and bands throughout the Bay Area. She's having the time of her life playing guitar and violin for the Wandering Acoustics!


vocals, guitar, harmonica

Brian is the newest member of the Wandering Acoustics band, and we can't wait until everyone experiences his talents on vocals, guitar, and harmonica. Make sure to check out one of our upcoming shows to say 'Hi' to the new guy!

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