In the summer of 1994, Joe Chithalen wanted to keep alive a long-standing tradition of party bands playing Monday nights at the Toucan in Kingston, Ontario. Following on the heels of very successful stints by F.A.B.B. and JOYY, he gathered like-minded souls Jason Euringer, Spencer Evans, Christos Smirnios, and Jon Stewart, and together they created Bloom, the band’s title coming from a desire to also keep with the “detergent” theme of band names. At the start, the band played a mixture of funk, soul, rock, R’n’B, whatever they could come up with to play that would get an audience getting’ down. When Jason left, and Pete Tuepah joined there was even a brief dalliance with the “jam band” music of bands such as Phish and the Allman Bros. Dan Curtis and Jay Harris also blessed the band with their own creative styles for short times, as did drummer Johnny Fay and percussionist Will Ford, a childhood friend of Joe’s.
It all really came together for Joe when Christos brought out a new friend of his, Benji Perosin on trumpet, to join Jon, thus creating a horn section, rather than having just the single horn. At that point, the band moved more and more towards becoming a straight-up, power-house funk band. Bringing back the sounds of Sly and The Family Stone, Funkadelic, Ohio Players, Tower of Power, Graham Central Station, etc., and throwing in a few of the bands original songs, mostly penned by Joe, but flushed out and completed by the entire band, Bloom rocked audiences from Toronto to Montreal, but mostly in the hometown of Kingston, for the next 3 years.
Bloom really only lasted for 5 years, though it seemed longer in everyone’s minds, before we tragically lost Joe while he was on tour in the Netherlands. Since then, with Zak Colbert more than ably filling the bass chair, Bloom has reunited a handful of times, usually for special occasions. The love for each other, the music, and especially for the lost brother shines when they play, and it is always a treat for them to bring this beast back to life for just a minute or two.