Without the artists, there would be no blues. Kalamazoo and SW Michigan is lucky to have a lot of wonderful blues artists. Contact a band for booking. Find their website. Fan them on their Facebook page. Support your local blues bands!
33rd Street Band is a 7-piece horn band with a huge sound that has been performing blues, soul, motown, and classic rock since 2003. They are based in Kalamazoo. Members include Steve VerMeulen – bass, Brad Samul – guitar, Chris Rysenga – trumpet, Mark Patrie – trombone & vocals, John Blissard – sax, Ben Anderson – drums, and Eric Richter – keys & vocals.
Booking: Contact Chris Rysenga at (269)377-2637
Hailing from West Michigan (Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo & Battle Creek) these four men have passion for rhythm and blues music that transports their listeners to some steamy club, where the smoke is blue, the atmosphere is alive and the music is gut-wrenchingly powerful. With nearly a century of blues and rock performance history, these musicians pay tribute to the steady rollin’ “IN THE POCKET” sound made famous by the blues greats; Freddie King, Albert King, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter.
Bill LaValley-bass, Charlie Schantz-vocals and guitar, Craig Hunnicutt-drums and Joe Ferguson-vocals and harmonica.
Booking: Contact Bill LaValley at (269) 744-5293
Big Trouble is a five piece band that specializes in, “up on your feet”, Classic Blues, R&B, Rock & Soul and originals. Our covers range from Fats Domino, Elvis, CoCo Taylor, Tommy Castro and many many more. They are Dana Scott (Vocals), Mike Barker (Bass), Joe Garcia (Drums & Vocals), Jay Hunt (Saxophone), Doug Beckman (Keyboard, Guitar, Vocals), and Mike Muszynski (Guitar).
Booking: Contact Mike Muszynski at (269) 385-1917
The Blues Shed sound is informed by keyboardist Michael Mestelle’s encyclopedic knowledge of the blues, driven by Nathan Moore’s energizing, uplifting vocals, and grounded by the rhythmic foundation of drummer Cara LaLumia and bass player Mike Walter. Then Tim Conway and Joe Ehlert and put the exclamation mark on the sentence with scratchy blues guitar and melodic warbling sax.
Booking: Email Michael, phone: (269) 625-5813, fax: (269) 651-7891.
This is a three piece band with a BIG sound!
Booking: (269) 664-4934
Bryan Michael Fischer (BMF) Band began in late 2009 and represents the culmination of all Bryan’s experiences; rock, blues, soul, R&B. With Kalamazoo-area guitarist Bryan Blowers, Hammond B3 genius Tom Eldred, bassist Jon Wegge, and Kalamazoo jazz/funk drummer Eric Busch, and Bryan Michael Fischer up front, the BMF Band is fast garnering favorable reviews from critics and fans alike. This is one big, bad band!
To see the BMF Band in action, check out the KVBA TV video on YouTube.
Press: contact Bryan Michael Fischer (p -231-330-0472; email – firstname.lastname@example.org);
Booking: Tom Eldred (p – 269-998-0855; email – email@example.com)
Gee Daddy’s BIG Blues Revue is a seven piece traditional “revue” style band with five vocalists, including featured vocalist, “Martila Sanders”, Michael Gee and Jerry Lew Patterson on guitars, Bob Hunt on Sax and Synthophone (aka: The Sax Magic Horns), Drummer, Jimi Tulk, Bassist, Terry “Hoot” Gibson, and master percussionist Yeshua Israel laying down the groove. Check them out on YouTube.
Booking: (517) 749-2657
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This 5 piece band normally is found playing in venues in the south-central and south-eastern part of Michigan, but, happily they do make their way over to Kalamazoo from time to time — we’re always glad to see them. See Chris Canas, Shane Rasmussen, Angie C, Kevin Schoepke, & Mickey Coleman do their thing at their Friday night performance at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2011 by clicking here.
Booking: Contact Angie C.
This band features Dave “Gator” Allemang – Guitar, vocals; Ed “Eddie Blue” Lester – Sax, vocals, percussion; “Slick” Nick Cekola – Bass; John “Fingers” Ford, Keyboards; and Jeff “Fuego” Fernandez – Drums, percussion, vocals. Crossroads has performed at the Kalamazoo Blues Festival and was sent to the International Blues Competition in Memphis after selection by The Detroit Blues Society competition. To see them in action, check out this video on KVBA TV.
Tom Duffield and Lorraine Caron have been stirrin’ up the blues in Kalamazoo at the Kalamazoo Blues Festival, the KVBA acoustic shows at the museum, and also most recently they have running gigs at The Old Dog Tavern, The Strutt and Koffee Klutch. Their latest CD is aptly named Coffee Blues.
Fifi & The Dogs is a popular and talented electric blues band boasting four members (Guitar, bass, drums and sax). In their artistic bag of tricks you will find blues, soul, classic rock, and originals. See Fifi and the Dogs live here.
Booking: (269) 720-4754
Blues with a healthy dose of rock-n-roll are served up by the longtime Lansing bar-scene icon: Frog and the Beeftones. Straight-up, no pretentiousness, sock-to-the-gut rockin blues that gets people out of their seats. Led by their incomparable guitarist, Frog, this group is always looking to get the crowd up and moving. If you like your blues with a healthy dose of rock-n-roll then this is surely your bag.
Booking: Contact Frog at (517) 420-4692 or Art at (517) 256-2531.
JR Clark has been a fixture on the Kalamazoo blues scene for many years. Featuring straight up Chicago-style blues and fiery guitar work, JR is sure to please any blues-loving crowd. Check out JR Clark on YouTube.
Booking: Email JR or call (269) 208-9741.
This 4 piece band is normally found in clubs that dot Michigan’s “Left Coast.” Kevin Q performed at a fundraising event for the KVBA (without Venitia) in 2010. See them here.
Booking: Email the band or call (574) 993-2189.
This house rockin’ 6 piece band features Jim Beebe on guitar, Greg Orr on bass, Willie Phipps on keys, Mike Curtis on drums, fronted by the talented Marci Linn. You can see the band in action by visiting KVBA TV.
Booking: Call Marci Linn at (269) 720-7500 or (269) 324-0776.
These cats have been celebratin’ the blues for a number of years in Kalamazoo. Band members Danny Ouellette, Joel Krauss, Mike Porter, Tim Brouhard, & Tony Sproul always bring their A game to the stage. You can be sure that these guys will get you out of your seats. Want to see them in action? Check out this video on YouTube.
Booking: Email Tony Sproul or call (269) 217-0055.
Seventh Son is the oldest blues band in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We are a seven-piece band comprised of harmonica, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums and two saxophones.
Sneaky Pete Blues Band has a traditional Blues/Rock genre, we will keep your toes tapping and your feet dancing. Personnel include: Dennis Edwards (Lead vocals, Guitar), Jay Hunt (Tenor Sax EWI), Greg Anson (Drums), Jon Boyd (keyboard), and Joe Silver (Guitar). Check them out on YouTube.
Stan Budzynski and the Third Degree is a four piece traditional/contemporary blues band with a history of more than 12 years. Comprised of Ron Bretz, Dan Mead, Greg Hodge and bandleader, Stan Budzynski, who is commonly regarded as one of the finest slide guitar players in the Lower Michigan area.
Steve Hilger Band
Rockin Blues Band feauturing a two guitar attack, tight rythym section, and sultry harmonica and vocals.
Booking: Contact Chris Collins by email or at (616) 897-5349.