Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Brian Simms; vocals, keyboard, accordion; Sterling Patterson, guitar; John Aversa, bass; Andy Hamburger, drums; Todd Butler, trumpet; Trevor Specht, sax; Jeff Chiaverini, trombone.

Founded in: 1999

Style: New Orleans Funk

Influenced by: Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Los Lobos, Galactic.

Notable: The band is busy recording their sophomore CD. It will be released in June.

Quotable: Simms on how the audience should feel when they walk away after a show: "Hopefully they dance away. They should be dancing and humming a tune. It is happy music and is always Mardi Gras."

For more information about the band, visit www.junkyardsaints.com.

-- Annie Linskey