The Dirty River Band is what happens when you raise a generation on 70s sitcom reruns. Fun and playful, with just enough racism and misogyny to still be interesting. Southern blues rock, with punk and grunge influences combine bluesy grooves, driving guitar work and powerful vocals.
It is our goal to make you dance, make you sing, make you laugh and make you think about the world around you in just a slightly different way. If that doesn’t work, we hope you’ll at least tap your foot a little so the people around you still know you’re alive


A. J. Vanden Berghe – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar

  • Lifelong lover of all things art and entertainment. A.J.’s Musical influences are rooted mostly in 90’s grunge and 70’s punk, but has found influence in just about every genre imaginable. A.J. is fascinated by storytelling and the human condition. “If I could be any animal I’d be a unicorn because they’re imaginary. I once failed a Rorschach Test.”

Rob Shepley – Lead Guitar

  • Rob cut his teeth playing classic hard rock such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. He later refined his style listening to blues greats such as Buddy Guy. “There is a lot of great music in Windsor. Do yourself a favour and check out as many local bands as you can!”

Norm Lassaline – Bass

  • Norm is mainly influenced by 90s grunge such as Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam. Norm is also heavily into Canadian Rock such as The Tragically Hip, The Watchmen and of course Rush. Of all the members of this band, Norm most definitely is one of them. “I’m not all that amazed by a fish’s ability to swim but a squirrels ability to grasp the tiniest limbs and scale a 2mm wide plank of wood amazes me.”

Renee Charron – Drums

  • Renee has what doctors call a “healthy disdain for the general public.”  Her musical influences include Queen, The White Stripes, Black Sabbath and Charlie Manson (mostly for his social skills but his efforts as a musician have not gone unnoticed). When asked for a comment Renee stared at us for a little while and said “I don’t know,” and shrugged.  She then threw a drum stick at us, so we left.