The Peña


Category: Band

Members: John Peña, Eladio Peña, Matt Fuller, Joe Peña, Robert (Dark Horse) Williams, John (Johnnyo) O’Meara

The Peña Brothers band was formed in 1982 with brothers John, Joe (who passed in 2011), and Lyle Peña. Originally named Eliminator, the band performed rock covers of Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, UFO, Van Halen, and many more. Their most notable venue was the Yankee Clipper, a former locally famous (or infamous) bar on the Mississippi River. There, they shared the stage with rock bands such as Molly Hatchet, Ray Charles' band, and members of the band UFO, among others.

By 1985, the band was known as The Peña Brothers. They continued playing mostly rock and recorded two albums of originals. In later years, they also became known as a blues band. In 2011, John's grandson Matthew Fuller joined the band on guitar, bass, and vocals with founder John Peña (bass, guitar, and vocals) and Lyle Peña (drums and vocals). John and Lyle have been playing professionally for over 30 years. Matthew, while only 19, has played professionally for 11 years.

Today, The Peña Brothers carry on the family legacy of top-quality rock and blues in the Quad Cities and the Midwest, playing a mix of Cream, Hendrix,  Jeff Healey, ZZ Top, and others, as well as originals. They are the kind of band that—when they're playing—if you're not moving, you're probably dead.

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