Akron / Cleveland, 1970-1988
The Easy Street Band (also known as Easy Street) was a Cleveland club instution from the 1ate 1970s into the mid 1980s, most famously in their Thursday night gig at the old Cleveland Agora. The band started was started in 1970/1 by Steve Simmons (later known as "Westside") and Bob Martin as the Rats, and in 1976 after some personnel changes, became Easy Street and then the Easy Street Band. Prior to the Rats, Simmons and Martin had been a Barberton teen band called the Music Society.
The band has staged reunion shows yearly since 1999, and is planning another for 2007. For more information about the band, visit their website at www.theeasystreetband.com