The Band

Public Address was formed as a 3-piece rock band in 2002, with Matt Burke (lead vocals and guitar), Richard Tengstedt (bass guitar and vocals), and Walt Hobich (drums). In 2012, Walt moved out of the area, and Matt and Richard recruited Perry Nelson as the new drummer. Perry left the band in late-2013 and Walter Kelleher (another Walter!) was brought on board.

Public Address plays all over Tallahassee and the surrounding area, from Mexico Beach to Quincy to St. Marks, and covers tunes by a variety of bands including Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Jason Aldean, Prince, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as several originals. New songs (covers and originals) are added to their repertoire monthly. Public Address brings energy and rocking dance tunes to any event. 

Matt Burke
Guitar/Vocals

A Tallahassee native, Matt Burke grew up in a home filled with music, and under his father’s influence, learned to play the guitar. Matt stuck with it when he realized that it was a fun challenge and the girls really dug it! Going against his father’s advice for something “classy”, his first guitar was a candy apple red V-shaped Kramer Striker. But his favorite piece of gear to date is a Dual Rectifier MesaBoogie 4/12 cab.

Matt’s first gig was at the “Hole in the Wall” on 6th Avenue in Tallahassee with his first band, “Ancient Gallery”. In 2000, Matt played lead guitar in the Lori Cline Band. Shortly thereafter, Matt was introduced to a great guy and top-notch bassist, Richard Tingstedt. After recruiting a drummer, Walt Hoebich, the three men formed the “Matt Burke Band”. Eventually settling on “Public Address”, the band played together for ten years.

Matt continues to perform lead vocals and guitar for Public Address. Matt loves the music of the 70′s and 80′s, especially the sounds of bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith and Rush, and is proud to bring a selection of original tunes to the band’s repertoire.

Matt offers the following advice to young musicians: “Learn to play and sing if you can – it often pays twice as much!”

Richard Tengstedt
Bass Guitar

Richard Tengstedt, also a Tallahassee native and Leon High School graduate, learned to play the piano, taking lessons and performing in recitals for four years. In the Leon Marching Band, he played Baritone and in the Concert Band played Euphonium. He began his journey with the bass in 1972 and auditioned and played bass for the Leon Jazz band from 1974-1976.

In 1973, Richard formed his first rock band, “Burn”, with John Kurzweg and Greg Moore. After graduating from Leon in 1976, he moved to Washington, DC, for two years and played in a rock band called G.A.S.

In 1979, back in Tallahassee, Richard started a band with Steve Taff called “Airlayer”. This band merged with another band to form the first “Slapstick” band from 1979-1981. In 1981, an original music direction change resulted in John Kurzweg, Perry Nelson, Randy Koetz and Richard forming “The Night”. The Night played together from 1981-1985.

Richard’s next band “911", was formed with Drew Tillman, Steve Taff, and Perry Nelson. 911 played from 1987-1991. In 1992, Slapstick was reformed and played until 2001.

In 2002, Richard started Public Address with Matt Burke on guitar and vocals, and Walter Hoebich on drums. Richard continues to wow the audiences in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas laying down his signature rock groove on the band’s covers and originals.

Walter Kelleher
Drums

Walter has been performing and recording for over 30 years and has received training from Jackie Mills (John Coltrane, Miles Davis) and Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai). Born and raised in the Panama Canal Zone, Walter has played on numerous recordings and has recorded for artists worldwide, including the United States, Norway, Sweden, Israel, Australia, and England (see his website cooldrumtracks.com).

He is also the drummer with the Tallahassee Swing Band (for the last 17 years), is a member of the virtual heavy metal band Human Cometh, and used to play with the band Local Motion.