About Us

Pacific Buffalo

Chuck is from the Pacific Northwest, and Lori is from Buffalo, NY, so we are Pacific Buffalo.


Chuck Phillips' Seattle and New Orleans roots have produced a spicy blend of rock, R&B, jazz, and just plain raw rock 'n roll.  He's played keyboards --specializing in the Hammond B3 organ -- in a variety of New Orleans rock and reggae bands, at venues like Tipitina's and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.  He's opened for Talking Heads, REM, and others.  Chuck writes meaningful lyrics, sings, plays keyboards and guitars, and provides programming for drums, bass, and other electronica.

Lori Bonati brings a folk and classical guitar background to her compelling lyrics, melodies, and vocals.  She grew up in a musical family.  Her father Ralph was a trumpet player and band leader, Uncle Joe was a pioneering jazz saxophonist in 50's New Orleans, Uncle Al was a pianist, and Aunt Anne was a singer.  It's not surprising that Lori would sing Nat King Cole standards to strangers in the grocery store at age three and would later take up violin, guitar, and piano, and start writing her own songs.

We are often accompanied by Jack Kriendler on drums:

Jack Kriendler played drums in high school and college, then decided to get some serious training in mid-life and studied with the Tucson master drummer Fred Hayes, where he branched out from rock and roll to work on jazz, Latin, and world beats.  It is with that eclectic interest that he approaches the music of Pacific Buffalo, hoping to add "groove and fire" to Lori's and Chuck's originals and to the band's wide-ranging cover tunes.