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About the Band

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Red Hot and the Saltines

A local San Francisco Bay Area Band, Red Hot and the Saltines have grown in popularity since late 2020.  The group first formed as a result of boredom from the pandemic, coming up with a "wish list" of songs they always wanted to perform.  Most importantly, songs that not every other band out there is playing, but yet EVERYONE knows......songs that get stuck in your EAR!!!!

Our Story

What is the story behind Red Hot and the Saltines you ask? Who is Red Hot anyway?  What is a Saltine?  Behind every band name there is a silly story and RHS is no exception.

It all started sometime in 2015.  Jeanene Bacchi and Todd Jones were both members of a modern country rock band, Two Week Streak.


In September 2016, Jeanene and Todd decided to form a duet and learn a couple of songs to perform at a private party.  At that time, Jeanene’s hair was “flaming” red and Todd had some “salt and pepper” on top.  That’s when they decided to jokingly name the duet Red Hot and Salty.


Red Hot and Salty performed only handful of times throughout the years in addition to continuing to play in Two Week Streak.  By this time Jeanene’s hair was no longer red, but Todd’s hair got way saltier. 


November 2020 after months of dealing with the pandemic, Jeanene heard that the Beach Hut Deli in San Mateo was looking for unplugged acoustic entertainment.  Jeanene pitched the idea to Todd to revive Red Hot and Salty! 


Todd and Jeanene brainstormed on a ton of songs they had always wanted to perform.  The songs began to form a genre of classic rock from the 70’s to the 90’s.  Stuff that not a lot of other bands play,  but mostly songs people “our age” grew up knowing and singing along with…songs that get stuck in your ear!!


On November 15, 2020, Red Hot and Salty perform at the Beach Hut Deli for the first time.

The Beach Hut was so much fun and the crowd really loved Red Hot and Salty, so Jeanene and Todd played a couple more times as a duet until Todd’s good friend Andy Heller (drummer extraordinaire) offered to play drums. 


Andy has a bit of "salt" on top as well, turning "Salty" into "Saltines".  That's when the band name changed to

Red Hot and the Saltines!!


Andy also plays in other bands including Labor of Loud (LOL) and an Irish Rock band with the super talented bass player, John McManus.  So, Andy suggested we bring in John as the next Saltine. 


Both John and Andy added so much talent to the Saltines and great ideas for awesome songs that fit within our classic rock/pop genre. 

Throughout 2021, Red Hot and the Saltines continued to play at the Beach Hut Deli along with other venues including American Legion (both Half Moon Bay and San Mateo), Chit Chat Café in Pacifica, Winters in Pacifica, Freewheel Brewing Company in Redwood City, The Pioneer Saloon in Woodside, Los Altos First Fridays, Marvin Gardens in Belmont and various private parties.


In the meantime, Jeanene became the band “booker” for the Beach Hut Deli, bringing in up to 20 different bands playing every Saturday and Sunday throughout 2021.  One of the solo artists playing at the Beach Hut is acoustic live looping artist Rick Sanders.  Rick quickly became a great friend of the Saltines and his similar genre/style made him a natural fit to be our next Saltine and our rockin’ lead guitar player. 

Rick joined the band in October 2021 and with him came a slew of awesome 80’s classic rock/pop, adding more danceable songs to our mixture of easy listening!


While playing the Los Altos First Fridays in December 2021, an audience member who heard the Saltines play came up and introduced himself, not realizing he knew Rick many years prior.  Turns out, he’s a super talented keyboard player!!  So, in January 2022 the Saltines welcomed David Gilmour to the band (no, not Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour).


So, that’s the story of how we became Red Hot and the Saltines.  A great group of musicians and more importantly, friends who really enjoy playing together and entertaining audiences.  We’ll keep adding to our story and we hope if you’ve read all the way to the end, that you’ll become part of our story as well!


Who is Red Hot?  No one really is and yet we all are!  We are all Red Hot and we are all Saltines!! 


No, it doesn’t make any sense, but does the Goo Goo Dolls?

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