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Local Bands and Musicians

Support our local musicians
Here is a list of Blues Bands, Musicians, and Live music venues with links to their websites: (IN ALPHA ORDER)



 

RONNIE SHELLIST

www.harmonica123.com/

www.facebook.com/RonnieShellist

 

Ronnie Shellist has been working on his craft for 14 years now. Harmonica was his first true passion and anything you hear him play is coming straight from the heart.

 

He has been a certified teacher as long as he has been playing the harmonica. He worked in the field of education with elementary, middle school, and high school students for over 12 years as a classroom teacher. Those years taught Ronnie a great deal about communicating effectively with others and helped him to hone his teaching skills.

 

Currently, there is nothing more important to him than sharing his knowledge of the harmonica to help others enjoy playing as much as he does. Ronnie truly wants to see everyone succeed with their musical goals and enjoy the experience along the way.

 

Ronnie has had several amazing opportunities and experiences throughout his musical journey. In 2005, he had the honor of opening for BB King in Colorado Springs, CO and since then has opened for Robert Cray in Boulder, CO. In 2006, he was featured on the Today Show for his harmonica video postings on YouTube. He currently spends his time creating instructional material for Harmonica123, teaching harmonica, and performing live blues in Denver, CO.

Ronnie prefers playing Suzuki harmonicas.



DELTA SONICS



 

The Delta Sonics have been playing in Colorado since 1992, and have established themselves as one of the finest blues acts in the area with their solid musicianship and exciting live performances. Their musical stylings include Chicago Blues, West Coast Swing, New Orleans R&B, and some early Rock n' Roll.

The Erica Brown Band

 

The Erica Brown Band has been delivering high-energy blues with impeccable vocals since its inception in 1998. The band's releases "Body Work" (2000) and "Rough Cut Stone" (2003) have received airplay and been the subject of reviews in Europe, South America, and Australia as well as domestically. The band was voted "Top of the Rocky 2006" - Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado. Winner 2006 - Golden Wave Award - The Colorado Wave Radio Show. Winner - Westword Music Award - Blues - 2005. First Place - 2003, 2004, 2005 The Denver Post - Best Unsigned Blues Band. Appeared on Altitude Sports and Entertainment's "On Stage" hour long show that has Total Distribution of over 5 Million subscribers. A short list of entertainers the band has supported or appeared with include B.B. King, Al Green, Delbert McClinton, John Mayall, Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro, Tinsley Ellis, Buddy Guy, Marcia Ball, Big Bill Morganfield Ronnie Baker Brooks, Larry McCray and Bob Margolin.

THE JESSE GARLAND SHOW

 

JESSE GARLAND

 

With the soulful sounds of blues, jazz, and funk – Jesse Garland, like all sirens will take you in on an adventurous ride in the music. Originally a “jazz singer” from Washington DC, Jesse started off singing in some of the same clubs as Ella Fitzgerald. After moving to Denver she explored classic rock and blues, but found her home in the fusion of all of her favorites. Jesse has been called “amazing, amazing and amazing” by Denver’s Westword Magazine, the best female vocalist we’ve ever heard by the management of the famous Little Bear Saloon in Evergreen, and was coined a “Siren” by Downbeat Magazine in June 2010. Her original songs bring about the passion and truth in many life experiences. Jesse’s producer, Lance Bendiksen (www.bendiksenproductions.com) is excited about working with such a promising talent. This little bird is ready to spread her wings.

 

Want to learn more about Jesse? Check out her blog: http://bluessiren.blogspot.com/

 

JASON JUSTICE

 

Jason Justice stepped onstage for the first time at the age of 8. After that there was no stopping him from his passion, his path, in a way. That pathway has always led to the stage.

 

Jason’s love of the theatre began in 1973 at Oral Roberts University Department of Broadcasting. In 1977 a saxophone was placed in his hands by his parents, and the whole family braced themselves for the caucophony of honks and squeaks that were destined to come. But “only tunes and clear notes came” as his mother, Janice, recalls. And thanks to a steady diet of 50s and 60s pressings from the Verve catalog, the direction was clear. Or was it?

 

Because of this love for the theatre, Jason spent the 1980s performing in regional and dinner theatres in Texas and Colorado. His credits include “Perchik” from Fiddler on the Roof, “Nicholas” from Nicholas Nickelby, “Ernst Ludwig” from Cabaret, “Arthur” from Camelot, and “Leading Player” in Pippin. He acted as music director and pit musician for Bernstein’s West Side Story and director/music director of Sondheim’s Side by Side. But through the over 40 productions Jason participated in, the saxophone has always called to him; in many ways, his true love.

 

Since 1990, Jason has played in many bands, from Dixieland to African Zouk (as saxophonist with the regionally renown Mondo Bizzaro), R&B (sax and vocals with Diana Castro and the Big Time), to jazz, cumbia to classical. Jason is a student of sound.



The Lionel Young Band

 

Lionel Young is a high energy performer with a bent for the blues. His LIONEL YOUNG BAND, winners of numerous awards for best in and around the Colorado region, have won the 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC) band competition. Added to his victory at the 2008 IBC in the solo-duo catagory, that makes Lionel Young the first double champion in the history of the IBC.

 

Fans of the driven, classically trained Young, love his distinctive brand of blues on the electric violin. His show features not only Young originals but interpretations of blues classics by Willie Dixon, Leadbelly and Stevie Ray Vaughan, features the strength and passion of Young’s playing, as well as his smooth vocals and unique translations. The songs, which include his award-winning composition ” Brown Cloud Over Denver” and “Hey, O.J.,” a controversial little gem, alternately stir up social concerns and soothe the weary soul. It’s prime. It’s fun. It’s Lionel Young.

 

Born in Rochester, New York, Lionel Young began taking violin lessons at the age of six with Anastasia Jempelis at the Eastman School of Music. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Opera-Ballet Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra which commissioned him to play bluegrass and blues for their summer festival and on a tour of Japan, Taiwan, and Korea during the 1988 Summer Olympic Music Festival.

 

Throughout his career, Mr. Young has won numerous awards including: The Young Artist Award (Pittsburgh Symphony); The Concerto Contest (Carnegie-Mellon); The Passamenic Award (Branchwood String Quartet); and the award for the Best Blues Band in Westword’s Best of Denver. He’s also won a position with The Denver Chamber Orchestra and premiered a solo piece by William Hill.

 

Lionel has had the honor of working with such show biz luminaries as: Count Basie, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Paige/Robert Plant, Doc Severenson, Linda Ronstadt, Living Color, Billy Taylor, Woodie Herman, Stanley Turrentine, Homesick James, Homer Brown, Hamlet Bluiett, Chief Bae, and Johnny Long.



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