Pete Largo started the first own group in 1979 in Berlin-West. The „DOWN-TOWN Bluesband became the Top Blues Band during the early eigthies. It was a hot Band, recorded one album, performed many shows in Clubs, Halls and on Festivals, in Berlin and West-Germany, like Quasimodo, Quartier Latin, Metropol, Tempodrom. Some Live- Radioshows and a very good Press helped to make the Band known nationaly. In 1986 Pete Largowas awarded by the German Bundespräsident for previous work on the music scene in Germany. During the first half of the eighties Pete organized bigevents and festivals in the city and and leaded also some other projects for the departement of culture in Berlin. Pete still feel very happy about, to had the possibility be a part of the movements in the "Wall-City" in the eighties. In need of new input and inspiration, in 1987 Pete Largo moved to Portugal, but often also present on stage in Berlin, playing Sessions with almost all the Blues Musicians of the City.During the time in Portugal Pete Largo also worked as a teacher at the "Centro de Artes Interpretativas" in Trafaria (Lisbon), along side of musicians like: Eddy Goltz, David Gausden, Leo Garcia, Johnny Galvao, Joao Malo and Tahina Rahary. Pete says always, that it was a great feeling injecting the blues tradition into the hearts of young students, sharing the own experience on blues guitar with them and see them growing.
In the begining of 1991 Pete Largo found in Lisbon the „The Downtown Bluesmen“ and started working with Jerzy Sokolowsi, afriend from Berlin times and the Bassplayer Joao Luis Barreiros, who was also involved on the album„Go with the flow“ recorded2016 in Porto. A TV-show on RTP and a concert in Faro at the 1993 Motorcycle-Festival, in front of 15.000 people, helped put the Band on the map in Iberia on Gigs in clubs, discos and open-air events.
After Jerzy left the Band in 1993 Pete started the project “Pete Largo & Band” and became the most booked german Bluesplayer, outside of´Germany in Europe. 120 - 140 gigs a year has been the result of it. Madrid, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Porto, Lisbon, Hamburg, Berlin and countless other Villages of the european regions. Pete says always: “Europe is beautiful, colourful, but damn big.” 2001 Pete Largo moved back to Germany and started to record „modern electric Blues“ with Songs, written in Portugal times. It was time for a change.The first Album “Between Love & Separation” of Pete Largo & Band was published 2006 in Germany, by “Rudolphon Verlag” and found Fans all over the world because Radio Stations broadcast the CD worldwide. The Song “cold feelings” became a Nr. 2 Hit in India.It was a big Surprise for Pete Largo. This style of music is going around the world and activating the younger Generation to come to Blues Events. Tradition is fine, but not everything. The progess is going on, with new sounds and ideas.
Pete Largo is well known as a first class Guitarplayer and Performer and respected in the european countries, made by almost 45 years, playingin front of an audience or workin in Record Studios.The Band don't need Hotelrooms. Pete Largo & Band are going on Tour with an own Tourbus and Club-PA System. Therefore the road has no limits. It does not matter,the „Bluesliner“, is always ready to „take off“ and the 6.5 t Truck, developed as a „Rolling Home“ for a Band „on the road“ can start, whenever a gig is booked. Pete Largo is an independed artist and likes to be on tour, „on the road“, attacking the ears, legs and heartsof the audience.
The second Album „Go with the flow“ was recorded 2016 in Porto, at the „Estudios Sa da Bandeira“ with musicians from differend countries, and published 2017 by „Wonderline Records“. Go with the flow“ is a typical style of „modern electric Blues“.
Because of the Covid 19 Pandemic Pete Largo & Band had to cancel the „Spring Tour2020“ and the release of the new album. As soon the Covid 19 situation is not dangerous anymore, the Band will go 2121 on the road again. If you are interested to book Pete Largo & Band send us a mail or give us a call by phone.The 2121 tour „no compromise“ will be, for shure!