The Snacks Blues Band

The Snacks Blues Band creates predominantly original music that draws heavily from the deepest of Blues traditions and infuses a wide variety of modern influences. The trio, based out of Jacksonville, Florida has performed together for over 17 years, winning the 2013 St. Johns River Blues Festival, independently releasing their own album and performing all across the South. The Snacks feature the vocal and harmonica stylings of John-Michael Brown, the lead tones and delta-style fingerpicking of Brian Boos on guitar, and the versatile percussion of "Mad" Matt Schaeffer.

New Album Coming Soon:

Newest Album: "Return of The Snacks" will be released March 5, 2020.

Long Bio


The Snacks Blues Band has steadily grown a reputation for their wide variety of original music, stylized cover songs and high energy performances for over 17 years.  Based out of Jacksonville, Florida their carefully-crafted sound preserves the deepest-rooted blues traditions established by pioneer artists such as: Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Robert Johnson; while infusing the upbeat rhythms of the Soul, Rock, R&B and Funk movements that historically followed. The Snacks Blues Band features the powerful, barrel-chested vocals and rhythmic "juke-joint" harmonica stylings of John-Michael Brown; the warm, clean, lead tones and delta-like fingerpicking of Brian Boos on guitar; and are expertly backed by the versatile percussion of "Mad" Matt Schaeffer. 

Childhood friends, Brian and John-Michael, formed the original iteration of The Snacks after John-Michael returned from his first Army combat-tour of Iraq in 2003. The two debuted as a Blues Duo and continued to perform locally for a number of years. In the Spring of 2012, after many successes as a duo,  another childhood friend, Matt Schaeffer,  was added, and The Snacks continued on as a trio.

In 2013, they independently released their first album, "Whiskey Won't Make You Forget" and took first place in the St. Johns River Blues Festival. Since then, The Snacks have continued writing original music and honing their craft while performing multiple times per week.  In 2018, they participated in the Regional Blues Challenge, hosted by the First Coast Blues Society, and were selected to represent Northeast Florida at the 35th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Out of 104 acts from around the world, they made the final 38, reaching the semi-finals of the competition.


Currently, The Snacks are hard at work writing, rehearsing and preparing for the release of their new album entitled "Return of The Snacks".

Press Contact/Booking

John-Michael Brown


What People Are Saying

"The Snacks Blues Band is one of my favorite bands I've booked. Some of the nicest guys on the planet, they sincerely love what they do and it shows. Gritty, authentic originals and solid tributes to the greats...The Snacks are true students of the Blues." (Cara Burky, Proprietor Blue Jay Listening Room)

"We at Storm Music Studio are excited to work with The Snacks Blues Band. The Guys are great together, their music is awesome, they are a pleasure to work with, such pros..." (Denny LeRoux, Owner Storm Music Studio/Recording Artist)

"I listen to The Snacks to hear their technical skill. They constantly display an aptitude that elevates their craft. The cleverly tight drum-work integrates across their sound with snappy finesse. An unhurried guitar hides a variety of complex chords that enrich and shape the core song. And, the ability for someone to create an emotional connection to me through harmonica is something I didn't think previously possible. It's a surprisingly complex technical feat and they make it seem effortless." (Erik Hamilton, Music Enthusiast)


  • Florida Theatre, Downtown Jacksonville, FL

  • Blue Jay Listening Room, Jacksonvlle, Beach FL

  • St. John's River Blues Festival, Palatka, FL

  • Mojo Kitchen, Jacksonville Beach, FL

  • Springing The Blues Festival, Jacksonville Beach, FL

  • Bold City Brewery,  Jacksonville, FL

  • Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, FL

  • St. Benedict Blues Festival

  • The Volstead, Jacksonville, FL

  • The Parlour Speak Easy, San Marco FL

  • Prohibition Kitchen, St. Augustine, FL

  • 35th International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN

  • Breezy Jazz Club

  • Bradfordville Blues Club