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By Diane Sieker

Musicians of Anza: Steve Silkotch, musician and actor, is a true 'Renaissance man'


Last updated 5/9/2018 at 11:06pm

Diane Sieker

Steve Silkotch is the frontman for the local band "Nameless."

Editor's note: Musicians of Anza is an ongoing feature highlighting talent in the Anza and Aguanga communities. To be featured, send an email to [email protected]

Anza is a place where you'll find musicians, cowboys, family men and actors. All these types of people can be rolled successfully into one person – Steve Silkotch.

Silkotch is first and foremost known as a musician, adept at the guitar and popular at local and not-so-local gigs.

"My mom sang a lot with a bunch of different people when I was a kid," he said. "I was about 12 when I started playing but I didn't really get into it until I was in my 20s, going to a lot of open mic jam sessions."

Silkotch's main musical influences were Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Dave Murray of Iron Maiden and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top fame. He said he preferred Fender Stratocaster guitars played through a Marshall amplifier and was also at home playing the bass guitar. He had no trouble getting gigs at all the hottest events and locations, he said.

"Back in the late 90s I was playing bass for a band called Final Notice, then in the early 2000s I was part of the Total Recall band with Kevin Noble Sr. and some guys from off the hill," Silkotch said. "I had fun playing in a blues band called the Lowlifes with Cliff 'Beef' Pollack and Fred Zadick, and in 2007, myself with Joe Hamilton and Rick Brengle formed Nameless."

The Nameless band is one of the most popular local Anza bands, pumping out classic rock, blues and country tunes. Besides Silkotch as frontman and lead guitar, members include Rick Brengle on guitar and vocals, Kelly Brengle on flute and saxophone, Joe Hamilton on drums, Dean Metzger on bass and special appearances by Mike Swartz. 

Silkotch also lends his musical inspiration to his church.

"Steve is an all-too-rare combination of a man who is a genuine cowboy, husband, father, aspiring actor, accomplished musician and friend," Judy Reithknecht-Schultz said. "He loves Jesus, and we appreciate that he makes time to loan his musical talents to our worship team at CityReach Anza. We love what he brings to Sunday mornings! It's easy to say that Steve rocks!"

Silkotch is community-minded and helps out whenever possible. One of his favorite annual gigs is the Pam's Gift fundraising benefit, at which he has provided musical entertainment for the last seven years. This charity event raises money to aid abused women and children in the local area. 

But Silkotch is more than simply a musician. He is also an accomplished actor, performing in the live play "Ramona" and on the silver screen in "Tucker's War" and other films.

"I started acting when I joined the 'Ramona' play back in 2000 and got into film acting through Stephen Savage who rewrote the script for 'Ramona' in 2014," Silkotch said. "He had some projects he wanted to use us in and so that journey began."

Christine Fogg Horton

Gifted guitarist and bassist Steve Silkotch is popular in Anza.

Silkotch, along with local cowboy talents such as Michael Thomas and JR Hull, have appeared in the western films. "Tucker's War" was written and directed by Savage, and the film "Cataract Gold," written and directed by Paul Kiener, also employed Silkotch's talent. His other films, "American Moonlight" written and directed by Jeremiah Carbajal, "One Year Pact" written and directed by Gina Carey and "Rose England" written and directed by Gina Carey, have kept him very busy.

As a cowboy, Silkotch can be seen at trail rides and calf brandings. He is as comfortable on a horse as he is onstage in front of a thousand people. 

Silkotch's wife Jacqueline supports his career while caring for their infant daughter, Gussie Mae.

"He told me when we started dating, 'I play a little guitar.'" she said. "Then we went to a party, and he started playing like Jimmy Hendrix! I was amazed; he is very talented guitar player."

Talented and humble. That is Steve Silkotch.

For more information about Silkotch, visit his Facebook page at

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at [email protected]


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