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.

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 , Korg  Pa4X, and  a Korg Pa1000 and many more keyboards - She’s looking forward to a gig-filled future and the upcoming recording.