Ahoy! We are CHUGBOAT -- a high energy, five-piece folk-rock act hailing from the salty shores of sunny San Diego. With influences in Bluegrass, Classic Rock & Calypso and original music chronicling both nautical adventure and life’s simple pleasures, CHUGBOAT brings a positive vibe that keeps the good times going full steam ahead.
CHUGBOAT was formed in the Summer of 2015 by Lucas Rohm, Josh Davis & Jesse Orlando when a close musician friend of theirs had emergency back surgery and needed his scheduled performances covered at a local resort hotel. After performing a string of hotel events as an acoustic cover trio using the name “Casual Friday” and getting their feet wet with the songwriting process, Luke, Josh and Jesse decided to step up their game and rebrand the
group as original folk-rock band “CHUGBOAT”.
Soon after, the trio recruited long-time friends and active musicians Ric Mroczek & John Zamani to play bass and drums, respectively. With the full lineup now established, CHUGBOAT was able to develop a long set of original material spanning the genres of Folk, Rock, Americana, Calypso and more.
Since then CHUGBOAT has performed at popular venues such as San Diego’s Music Box, 710 Beach Club and Winston’s and at prestigious events such as the 2016 Surf Rodeo Festival and Coronado Brewing Company’s 20th Anniversary celebration. With a motivated crew and a fun and original take on Americana, CHUGBOAT is folking up Southern California harder than ever before. Shiver me timbers, and all that nautical talk!