Big Eric and the Budget Crunch





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Who is Big Eric ?
Since 1980 Big Eric has been leading the Budget Crunch Band and The Eric Walters Orchestra at private parties, corporate events, concerts and nightclubs.

In 1997 the band were featured performers at the Mohegan Sun Casino sharing the stage with Dr. John, Stephen Stills, Grover Washington Jr, Jose Feliciano, and Delbert Mclinton.

Big Eric has performed on national and international radio and television commercials. Some of the the clients that have used his blues based guitar playing and singing; McDonalds, Coke, Pepsi Cola, Frito Lays, Budweiser, Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix, Dannon Yougurt, Shasta soft drinks.....

He also has performed numerous gigs with the late Johnny Johnson. Johnny was the legendary Chuck Berry’s original piano player. He was a Grammy award nominee and a Rock and Roll hall of Fame member. Johnny also was featured in the Rockumentary Hail Hail Rock and Roll with Kieth Richards and Eric Clapton.

As a sideman, Big Eric has worked with such artists as the Vivino Brothers (from the Conan O'Brian Show on NBC), The New Chambers Brothers, The Harvey Brooks Band, Lester Chambers Band, the Drifters, Lou Christie and the Johnny Johnson Band.

Big Eric also is Bobby Brooks Hamilton musical director a Las Vegas based singer who is the illegitimate son of the legendary singer Jackie Wilson.

As of 2002 Big Eric has been performing in many familiar east coast spots already mentioned here as well as Las Vegas Nevada. With performances at the Bellagio Hotel, The Venetian Hotel, The Monte Carlo Hotel, The Sahara Hotel, The Hyatt Regency at Lake Las Vegas, The Imperial Palace Hotel just to name a few.

As of January 1 2003 Big Eric joined the cast as the lead guitar player of the Drifters Coasters Platters show at the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.

Big Eric is proud to endorse Heritage guitars. Made in Kalamazoo Michigan these guitars are handmade by talented luthiers. He also uses Matchless and Marshall amplifiers.

About The Budget Crunch

The musicians that comprise the Budget Crunch are some of the most talented and in-demand performers, arrangers and composers on the New York/Las Vegas scene today. When you hire Big Eric and the Budget Crunch, you have chosen one of the most polished professional groups available in todays marketplace. From an elegant black tie affair to a corporate event, you can count on Big Eric & the Budget Crunch to make the musical difference!

Selected Club and Concert Appearances...
House of Blues, Boston
Scullers, Boston
Lupos Heartbreak Hotel, RI
The Muse, Nantucket MA
The Iron Horse, MA
Palace Theater, MA
China Club, NYC
Le Bar Bat, NYC
Lone Star Cafe, NYC
Tavern on The Green, NYC
The Rainbow Room, NYC
South St. Seaport, NYC
Manny's Car Wash, NYC
Dan Lynch Blues Bar, NYC
The Water Club, NYC
The Harvard Club, NYC
Playland Casino Rye, NY
Mohegan Sun Casino, CT
Rich Forum, CT
Waveny Estate, CT
The Metropolitan Club, NYC
Tne Marriott Marquis, NYC
The Belle Haven Club, CT
Le Chateau, NY
Point Of Woods, Fire Island, NY
Ciprianis, NYC
Cobbs Mill Inn, CT
The University Club, NYC
The St.Moritz, NYC
World Yacht , NYC
New York Hilton Hotel, NYC
The Sheraton Hotel, NYC
The Melody Club, NYC
Govenor Bradfords, Provincetown MA
30 Acres, Nantucket MA
The Rocking Horse, CT
Shenanigans, CT
Gurneys Inn, Montaulk NY
Rodeo Bar, NYC
Louisana Bar and Grill, NYC
Rock and Roll Cafe, NYC
The Crazy Horse Cafe, NY
Stockholm Jazz and Blues Festival, Sweden