Hailing from La Puente and growing up in Los Angeles, brothers Eric and Billy Mondragon, began their musical careers in high school by playing club dates with their parents. Their father is a bass player, and he and their mom are singers. DW3, an outgrowth of that original family band, has been an evolving collective of musicians since then – but the core (Down With 3) members since 2003 are Eric and Billy as well as close family friend Damon Reel. Damon, born David Montelongo in Watts, California, is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and producer. With R&B, funk and contemporary urban jazz powerhouse DW3, the three of them became an integral part of the scene in 2004 when they played on the first Warren Hill Smooth Jazz Cruise and were subsequently booked as resident performers at Spaghettini. Since the mid-2000s, DW3 has built a massive following via their appearances on numerous music cruises and festivals. Eric, Billy and Damon all contribute lead and harmony vocals, while Eric plays keys and Billy adds percussion. In addition to own shows, DW3 has also performed with artists like Marcus Miller, Patti Austin, Bobby Caldwell, Brian McKnight, and George Duke.


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