Scott Dercks

Guitarist, Vocalist and Bass Player

A consummate professional with years of experience and a good heart.

Born and raised in Appleton, WI, Scott began playing seriously at the age of 13 and started his professional career at 14, in 1972, playing for various Democratic Party functions in the ‘72 elections. (His mother was a national delegate for George McGovern)

In the 40+ years that followed, averaging 180+ dates a year, he has performed in every conceivable venue, from tiny clubs to huge festivals. Scott has appeared on the radio and television, both in taped and live broadcasts, and has done dozens of record dates. His playing and composing is featured on CDs, jingles and films. He has written and/or performed jingles for such companies as Disney, Ford Motors, Sony, Kimberly Clark, AAL (Thrivent), Ameritech, Cenex, The Green Bay Packers, Treasure Island Casino and many more. He has also helped teach clinics with such notables as Tommy Tedesco and Gene Bertoncini, as well as on his own at the grade school, high school and college levels. As a sound engineer he has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Clark Terry, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Gerry Mulligan, The Hi-Los, and numerous others. Thanks to his knowledge of music, he is a published concert/CD reviewer and interviewer, covering shows by many of today’s greatest musicians, and meeting and interviewing some of the best guitarists that have ever lived.

Scott has performed throughout the US and Mexico, and hopes to tour Europe and South America in the not too distant future. He has performed for Mayors,Governors, Congressmen, Senators and even the President.

Testing new waters, Scott entered “The Best Guitarist In The Twin Cities” Contest (sponsored by Guitar Center) and was a finalist in the competition (while still living in Appleton). Since moving to the Minneapolis/St Paul area in the mid 90’s, Scott has worked with many of the area’s finest musicians, as well as many great players who have passed through.

A partial list of some of the people and groups he has worked with in the Appleton, WI area:

  • Scott Dercks and the Hot Jerks
  • August’
  • Nearvana
  • Crescent
  • Harbour
  • Rip Tissue and the Waste Paper Products
  • The Sambistas
  • Janet Planet,Tom Theabo, Tom Washatka, John Harmon, Fred Sturm
  • The Matrix horn section, especially Larry Darling, Mike Hale and Jeff Pietrangelo
  • Big Band Reunion

A very short list of just some of the people and groups he has worked with in the Minneaplis area:

  • The Peterson Family
  • The Steele Family
  • Best Kept Secret/The BKS Vine
  • Who Nu
  • Bozo Allegro
  • Starting Point
  • Soul Tight Committee
  • Cynthia Johnson and Night Moods
  • George Faber And The Icons
  • The R Factor
  • Rockit
  • The Sevilles
  • The Power Of Ten
  • Holly Circle Band
  • The Midas Touch
  • Sugar Divas
  • The Prophets Of Soul
  • The Rebekka Fisher Band
  • Billy McLaughlin
  • Dr Mambo’s Combo
  • JB and The Routine
  • Danny’s Reasons
  • Jam Factory
  • Uncle Funky
  • Lozenge
  • Loose Change
  • Daddy Squeeze/The Cafe Accordion Orchestra
  • The Way Down Experience
  • Just Us
  • Progressive Missionary Baptist Church
  • Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
  • Faith Pentecostal Church
  • Soulwise
  • Cheers
  • Ambassadors Of Swing
  • Swing Train
  • Rueben Ristrom
  • Walter Chancellor Jr
  • Will Hale and The Growth Spurt Band
  • Kidsongs
  • He has performed with members of Lamont Cranston, TC Jammers, The Stud Brothers, The Doug Maynard Band, Jonny Lang, Moore By Four, The Curbfeelers, Rupert’s Orchestra, Ta Mara and the Seen, Mazaratti, High and Mighty etc etc

A Partial List of Notables he has Shared the Stage and Studio with:

  • Aaron Neville
  • Jack McDuff
  • James Burton (Elvis’ guitarist among others)
  • Luther Allison (blues)
  • Most of Prince’s “The New Power Generation” (individually and collectively)
  • The Horn Heads
  • Mark Ledford (Pat Metheny Group)
  • Steve Khan (jazz guitarist)
  • Steve Swallow (jazz bass player)
  • Jim Krueger (guitarist for Dave Mason, wrote the hit “We Just Disagree”)
  • Michael “Fish” Herring (Christina Aguilera etc)
  • Jimmy Dawkins (blues)
  • Dan Wilson (Grammy winning song writer)
  • Jim Schwall, Rollo Radford (Seigal/Schwall Blues Band)
  • Members of the groups, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller, Bette Midler, The Isley Brothers, David Sanborn, George Duke, Najee, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Matrix, The Time, Ray Charles, Alexander O’Neal, Mavis Staples and Mint Condition
  • Opening act for: Albert King, Edgar Winter, Pat Benatar, Leon Russell, Kelly Price, Alexander O’Neal, Howard Levy (harmonica), Spyro Gyra, Gato Barbieri
  • Opening act for Comedians: Rich Little, Louie Anderson, “Larry The Cable Guy”, Michael Winslow

Partial List of Concert and Festival Performances:

  • Summerfest (Milwaukee)
  • Minnesota State Fair
  • Taste Of Minnesota
  • Afrofest (Milwaukee)
  • Mill City Festival (Minneapolis,MN)
  • Bayfest (Green Bay, WI)
  • Moondance Jam (Walker,MN)
  • Hot Summer Jazz Festival
  • Sommerfest (Mpls)
  • Heart and Soul Festival
  • Cedarfest
  • Celebrate!
  • Mississippi River Festival
  • Festival Of Nations
  • Juneteenth Festival
  • Burnsville Jazz Festival
  • Raspberry Festival
  • The Tree Frog Music Festival
  • Howard Lake Garlic Festival
  • Highland Fest
  • Neenah Jazz Fest
  • St Paul Winter Carnival
  • Octoberfest
  • Rondo Days
  • Bastille Day Bash
  • Lumberjack Days
  • Show Boat Days
  • Alive After 5 Concert Series
  • St Anthony Main Summer Concert Series
  • Day Of Music At Orchestra Hall
  • Burnsville In The Park Concert Series
  • Peavey Plaza
  • Minnesota Black Music Awards
  • The Metro Dome
  • The Cotton Bowl (Dallas,TX)
  • The Women’s Expo
  • Paisley Park
  • The Minnesota Zoo
  • The Milwaukee Zoo
  • Mall Of America
  • Valleyfaire
  • Ted Mann Concert Hall
  • The State Theater
  • The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Steppingstone Theater
  • Hopkins Center For The Arts
  • Roy Wilkins Auditorium
  • The Grand Opera House
  • Old Log Theater
  • Theatre De Jeune Lune
  • Hey City Theater
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, MN)
  • Gustavos Adolphus College
  • Lawrence University (Appleton,WI)
  • Carlton College (Northfield,MN)
  • University Of Minnesota (Mpls)
  • University Of Wisconsin (Madison, Geen Bay, Stevens Point, Fox Valley and Oshkosh)

A Partial List of Club and Other Performances:

  • The Dakota Jazz Club
  • First Avenue
  • Rossi’s Blue Star Room
  • The North Coast
  • The Fine Line
  • Bunkers
  • The Quest
  • The Cue (at The Gutherie)
  • The Artist Quarter
  • The Metroplolitan (Formerly Rupert’s)
  • Jazzmine’s
  • The Cabooze
  • Whiskey Junction
  • The Cafe Luxx
  • O’Gara’s
  • Dixie’s On Grand
  • Minnesota Music Cafe
  • The 400 Bar
  • The Rock Bottom Brewery
  • Pizazz Cafe Maui,HI
  • Arnellia’s
  • The California Cafe
  • The Uptown Bar
  • Lee’s Liquor Lounge
  • Marquette Hotel
  • St Paul Hotel
  • Minneapolis DT Hilton Hotel
  • Pillsbury Center
  • Landmark Center
  • Carlson Towers
  • Gaultier Plaza
  • Edinborough Park
  • International Market Square
  • Minneapolis Convention Center
  • St Anthony Convention Center
  • Windows On Minnesota (IDS Tower)
  • The Gale Mansion
  • Blaisdale Manor
  • Van Heusen Mansion
  • Wabasha Caves
  • Breezy Point
  • The River’s Edge (Sommerset,WI)
  • Nissan International Corporate Event Sheraton Hotel Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • River Cafe Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Cuates y Cuetes Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Canterbury Park
  • The Grand Casino
  • Jack Pot Junction Casino
  • Treasure Island Casino
  • Potawatami Casino
  • Walker Art Center
  • Minneapolis Institute Of The Arts
  • Minnesota Museum Of American Art

A Partial List of Country Club and Private Club Performances:

  • Bear Path Country Club
  • Birnamwood Country Club
  • Brackett’s Crossing
  • Bunker Hills Country Club
  • Delwood Country Club
  • Edina Country Club
  • Edinburgh USA Country Club
  • Golden Valley Country Club
  • Hazeltine Country Club
  • Hillcrest Country Club
  • Hudson Golf Club
  • Interlachen Country Club
  • Lafayette Country Club
  • Lost Spur Country Club
  • Majestic Oaks Country Club
  • Mendakota Country Club
  • Minikada Country Club
  • Midland Hills Country Club
  • Minnetonka Country Club
  • Minnesota Valley Country Club
  • New Ulm Country Club
  • North Oaks Country Club
  • Olympic Hills Country Club
  • Rush Creek Country Club
  • Southview Country Club
  • Town and Country Golf Club
  • Wayzata Country Club
  • The Wilds Country Club
  • The College Club
  • The University Club
  • Decathlon Club
  • Minneapolis Athletic Club
  • Minneapolis Golf Club
  • Minnesota Club
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • Madison Club
  • Rochester Athletic Club
  • The Woman’s Club
  • 317 On Rice Park

A Partial List of Radio and Television Performances:

  • Cooking At The Dakota (KBEM)
  • Jazz At The G (KBEM)
  • Channel 11 Morning Show (Mpls)
  • Channel 11 Promo Spot (Mpls)
  • Channel 4 Promo Spot (Mpls)
  • MTV
  • Channels 2,5 ,11, 26 and 32 in the Green Bay/Fox Cities market
  • ESPN
  • Radio Interview KFAI (Mpls)
  • Radio Interview and performance “The Current”
  • Radio Interview KMOJ (Mpls)
  • Radio Interview/In Studio Concert (WORT) (Madison,WI)

A Partial List of Studios:

  • Paisley Park
  • Master Mix Studio
  • Creation Studio
  • Wild Sound Studio
  • Winterland Studio
  • Fuzzy Slippers Studio
  • Midi West Studio
  • Irish-Saxe Studio
  • MinneApple Studio
  • A440 Studio