Our Story

Ray and Kathy met at a jam session in 1976 and decided to start their own band eventually called Sweet n' Sticky. Over the years, the band has expanded from two to eight pieces and is flexible to play for small and huge venues.  For over 40 years, Sweet n' Sticky has provided a great variety of music.  Whether playing as a duo or a full 8-piece band, they play your favorites for dancing and listening enjoyment! Well established in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sweet n' Sticky is here to entertain you. 

Sweet n' Sticky's passion is to work hard to entertain our friends and fans and just plain have lots of fun! Hope to see you soon at a show!

Ray Figueroa – Bass & Vocals

Ray has been playing bass 40+ years in the San Francisco Bay Area and has performed and shared the stage with many of the top Rock & Blues musicians such as Kenny " Blue" Ray, Sonny Rhodes, Tommy Castro, Daniel Castro, Mark Hummel, Aki Kumar, Kid Anderson, Mitch Woods, Wendy DeWitt, Johnny Cat Soubrand, Kenny Neal, RJ Mischo, Pat Wilder, Jackie Payne, Wally Schnalle, Even Thomas Blues Revue and South City Blues Band to name a few. Lately he is well known as the house bass player at the the Blues Jam hosted by Aki Kumar. In addition to playing bass, Ray also enjoys plays a variety of percussion instruments, including congas.

Kit Burgman- Drums 

Kit grew up in Chicago and started playing in clubs as a sideman since the age of 18.  He took advantage of the rich culture of the Windy City and learned many styles of music including blues, rock, jazz, and latin.  Having developed a diverse rhythmic background, he was commissioned to play in many situations including clubs, festivals, theater, radio, and small out of state tours.   
When he came to San Jose, Kit was fortunate to play with many local artists such as J.C. Smith, Willy Roland, James Michael Day, Kirk Tamura, and later tour the nation with guitarist Shane Dwight.   
Today, Kit enjoys being a member of the Sweet and Sticky Band and playing from a diverse song list that makes people move and sing along. 

Kathy Figueroa – Keyboards & Vocals 

Kathy is a Bay Area native.  She started playing piano at the age of 7 and started classical lessons at the age of 8.  Very active in music in high school, she starred in many musicals and was a member of honor choir.  She started performing solo in clubs and joined the band Crushed Velvet.  Through Crushed Velvet, she met Raymond Figueroa, an extremely talented musician (and very handsome, too!).  They joined up and started the duo White Swan in the early 70’s.  The duo turned into a trio and then a 4-piece top 40 band. Kathy also took lessons from the highly-regarded voice coach, Judy Davis.  Kathy recently acquired a Hammond SK1  and  Korg Pa3XLe and many more keyboards - She’s looking forward to a gig-filled future and the upcoming recording.

Reggie Boyd Jr. 


Lead Guitarist-  I am a professional musician who has worked professionally out of mainly Chicago and Los Angeles. My father, Reggie Boyd,Sr. the Chicago guitar guru, played bass and guitar on almost all the Chess recordings, among other great contributions. (Google him. He is the man). I'm just trying to keep the family business alive and well. My resume includes television shows, major commercials, video games (EA Sports, Wii, etc.) and other session work.  In addition I have done both domestic and international tours with major artists and cover bands and I have had much experience in the musical director's chair.

Some of the artists that I have been fortunate enough to work with... 

Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan, Aretha,Bill Withers,Roberta Flack) 
Eric Burdon 
Fear Factory  (tone consultant on "Transgression" and "Digimortal" CDs) 
Brian Auger 
Bonnie Bramlett (co-wrote "I Can't Help Myself" with her) 
Phillip "Fish" Fisher (Fishbone, Justin Timberlake) 
Rossanne Television Talk Show (musical director) 
Franklin Vanderbilt  (Lenny Kravitz) 
Wayne Kramer (MC5) 
Ron Powell (Madonna, MJ, Kenny G) 
Rod Stewart 
Ray Fuller (George Duke, Whitney Houston, Anita Baker) 
The Staple Singers ("Let's Do It Again" tour) 
Mavis Staples 

The Ken Chaney Xperience (one of Chicago's top straight ahead jazz and fusion groups) 
Mark Meadows (John Waite, Edgar Winters, Meridith Brooks,Dweezil Zappa) 
Alvino Bennett (Dave Mason, Chaka Khan, Robin Trower) 
Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea) 
Jacquie Foster and Showdance  (musical director) (Wayne Foster Entertainment) 
Reggie McBride  (Stevie Wonder) 
Byron Miller (George Duke) 
Dave Wakeling and English Beat 
Walfredo Reyes (Santana, Lindsey Buckingham, Chicago) 
Bill Steinway (Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Larry Carlton) 

Ming Freeman (Yanni) 
Enzo Todesco (Sheryl crow, Gino Vanelli, Neville Bros, Wayne Shorter) 
Blackbird McKnight(parliament funkadelic) 
Billy Higgins 
Randy Crawford (supporting for Earl Klugh and Herbie Hancock introducing Jaco Pastorius) 
Fred Below 
The Aphex Allstars (Don Baker, Alex Al. Tim Carmon, Ricky Lawson, Gussie Miller and myself) 
Carmen Grillo (Tower of Power) 
Gerry Brown. (Stanley Clarke,Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder) 

Original cast of "The Jersey Boys" 

Top Gospel musical "Your Arm's too Short to Box with God" 

Phil Ford and Mimi Hines ( Norman Geller musical director) 
 Wayne Newton 
Cleto Escobedo Jr (md Kimmel) 
Peter Wolf. (TV and movie music producer) 
Tris Imboden (Kenny Loggins, Chicago) 
Alex Alessandroni Jr (Christina Aguilar ) 
Johnny B. Gayden  (Albert Collins and most recorded blues bassist) 
Rodney Stepp (Spinners) 

and many more.

Contact us at 510.299.7525 or 510.299.7526

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