Originally from New Jersey, and then Ohio, Smokin Joe Schauer has been a St. Augustine landmark musician for more than 15 years. A fiery beast of a guitarist and a smooth-as-butter mandolin player, Joe is known around St. Augustine as "Smokin Joe" for good reason. His daring ability to dance outside the music lines makes Joe a spectacle to observe as an audience member. He is not bound to any form when it comes to his original material, and this also makes him a highly efficient improvisational mandolin and guitar player.
Joe shines like a Florida summer day at noon when he steps up to the stage, always eager and ready to push the boundaries of what audiences expect. Joe is heavily influenced by Harry Chapin, John Prine, Dave Matthews, the Moody Blues, Black Sabbath, and the epically famous Grateful Dead. Featured on St. Augustine's Local Honey album, a collaboration of St. Augustine's top songwriters, Joe has always had a love for the original folk song.
Smokin' Joe is an avid cheerleader for all things original and that seeps into every aspect of his glorious personality as well. He is the host of St. Augustine's longest-running open mic night still in progress at Ann O'Malley's Irish Pub every Tuesday evening starting at 8:00 p.m.
Joe also leads Not Quite Dead, a Grateful Dead tribute band, and Dave's Not Here and Jerry's Other Hand — two bands playing in honor of jam bands like the Grateful Dead.