Local Band Cutler Stew stirs up a musical mix

Local Band Cutler Stew stirs up a musical mix
Local Band Cutler Stew stirs up a musical mix
Pictured (l-r) are Dan “Maverick” Levine, Mark Shroyer, Ron Derrick and Raf Fiol.

Cutler Stew, a group of Cutler Bay musicians who got together almost by accident in January of 2014, has proven to be such a good match that they have been performing at more and more locations in the area and attracting an increasing number of fans.

Their music is a diverse concoction of rock, alternate rock, country and pop favorites.

Mark Shroyer, the drummer for the band, recounted the way it came about.

“We’re just a band from the Cutler Ridge area that kind of stumbled into each other after a long time,” Shroyer said.

“I hadn’t played in a band for 17 years. We got together one night and we didn’t know how it was going to work out, but after playing for eight hours straight we knew there was chemistry there.”

Each of the four men has a “day job” besides their musical avocation. Shroyer is in sales. Dan “Maverick” Levine, the lead singer and electric guitar player, is in real estate and construction. Ron Derrick, who plays lead guitar and does backup vocals, is a mortgage broker. Raf Fiol, who plays bass, is a software architect.

They have played at Black Point Ocean Grill, Gilbert’s in Key Largo, Café 27 in Fort Lauderdale, the Cutler Bay Sports Bar, at the Chili Cook-Off at Cutler Ridge Park and other places. They greatly appreciate the support of the community with these performances, and there are still more ahead.

“The bars that we have played and mentioned are great supporters of live music,” Derrick said. “That is important in this day and age where in Miami that is becoming a rare thing. We’ve got a show with the Florida Rock Stars, Nov. 14, at Ludovici Park in Palmetto Bay from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. That’s going to be a real big event. They’ve also got the Dave Kerzner Band with Durga McBroom, one of the original singers from Pink Floyd, and we’re excited about that.”

Shroyer talked about what is ahead for the group that’s growing in popularity.

“We’re doing several original songs that we’re recording in the studio,” Shroyer said. “Those are our goals for the next 12 months, to do some recording, build our fan base further and get out to bigger and better venues.”

After the Florida Rock Stars concert, Cutler Stew is scheduled for a repeat engagement at next year’s Chili Cook-Off, and another event even sooner.

“We are playing the Palmetto High School 5K Color Run on Nov. 7 as part of our ongoing commitment to play charitable events,” Levine said.

Cutler Stew is on Facebook with information about the band, their music and upcoming concerts. For bookings, people can call 786-457-4339.

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