The Oriental Theater Presents:

Fall Blues Fest 2017

Sammy Mayfield Blues Band, Eef and the Blues Express, Lionel Young Band, Hazel Miller

at The Oriental Theater

October 22, 2017 6:00 pm - 11:15 pm
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Time: 6:00pm     Day: Sunday     Doors: 5:00pm     Ages: 18+ / Bar with ID     Price: $25

Showtimes

10:00 pm
Sammy Mayfield
8:40 pm
Eef and the Blues Express
7:20 pm
Lionel Young Band
6:00 pm
Hazel Miller Band
Sammy Mayfield

***NOTE*** - This show is $30.00 cash at door, $32 credit

 

In Europe, New York and Los Angeles, rhythm and blues Icon Sammy Mayfield made a name for himself during a three-decade stint as the musical director for legendary soul and gospel shouter Solomon Burke. But in Denver, where Mayfield was raised, he's one of the city's premier Bluesmen.

Sam Mayfield has also been hosting All Blueson KUVO for a decade. He is a master blues guitarist, singer and composer who gigs all over the world.

 

Eef and the Blues Express

What do you get when you take a Dutch girl's blues-a-licious style and pair it with a solid lineup of veteran bluesmen? You get Eef and the Blues Express.

After forming in 2009, Denver based Eef and the Blues Express quickly established themselves as one of Colorado's finest and sought after Blues Acts. Eef was able to differentiate herself from other local blues bands by playing her funky original tunes, as well as catchy cover tunes. In 2013 Eef was selected as the winner in the Colorado Blues Society's Members Choice Awards in the 'Best Songwriter' category. In 2015, Eef and the Blues Express represented the Colorado Blues Society at the IBC in Memphis TN. They have opened for numerous national acts and have shared the stage with many fine musicians.

Audiences take notice of Eef and the Blues Express not just because of Eef-the-tall-Dutch-girl-with-the-red-guitar, but because fans are easily drawn in by the band's distinctive blues-with-a-smile approach. Behind that smile however, lays a world of sorrow exemplified in Eef's sultry voice and tasteful guitar playing. This, coupled with the solid backbone that the Blues Express provides, makes for a perfect blend of inspiration and soul.

As a young woman, Eef developed her musical skills in her native Holland, playing in bars and clubs before heeding the call in 1999 and migrating towards the home of the blues--America. Denver became her home and it wasn't long before Eef made a name for herself among both audiences and musicians alike in the thriving Denver blues scene. This early recognition laid the groundwork for Eef and the Blues Express to hit the ground running soon after forming.

The momentum continues with Eef self-producing four blues albums that enjoy airplay across the U.S. as well as internationally in France, Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia. Additionally, Eef regularly tours The Netherlands and the mid-western United States.

Eef together with her band delivers a complete package. "This band is tight!" observed Bernard Allison upon hearing them perform.

Keeping the beat is Tim Molinaro on drums; driving the groove is Glenn Tapia on bass; and laying down sweet melodies on the keys are Jimmy Ayers and Scott Hackler. Special guest Ken Johnston joins the Blues Express on occasion on saxophone.

Keep an eye out for Eef and the Blues Express. As Coco Montoya once remarked--this is a great band!

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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.

Hazel Miller Band

 

Hazel Miller is not just a great singer; "She is a force of nature!" quotes the Rocky Mountain News. Her voice has been called "stunning, moving and powerful." Hazel has been a sought after performer in Colorado for the past 30 years.  The Hazel Miller Band was formed more than 2 decades ago.  HMB performs an eclectic blend of Jazz, R&B, Blues and original music. Hazel Miller Band’s music is designed to make the audience dance and sing-along.  They play music that excites and involves the listener.   

The first highlight of 2015 was Ms. Miller’s singing of the national anthem at the inauguration of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, January, 13, 2015.  Later on that night the Governor’s Inaugural Concert featured the Lumineers, String Cheese Incident and Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Ms. Miller.  Ms. Miller performed at the FIS Alpine Ski Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado on February 15,, 2015; with an estimated international television audience of 180,000,000 viewers.  Ms. Miller has been chosen to record a welcome greeting for visitors taking the trains to the main terminal at Denver International Airport. 

Winter of 2014 Ms. Miller toured with Big Head Todd and the Monsters.  They toured the entire country with great response from audiences. Ms. Miller had a great summer, 2014, of festival appearances in Grand Junction, Del Norte, Pagosa Springs, Frisco, Breckenridge, Erie, Boulder, Telluride, Mississippi, New Mexico and Wyoming.  HMB has appeared many times at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater as the head liner and as an opener.  Ms. Miller has appeared as a special guest of Big Head Todd and the Monsters for more than 19 years.  This year marks HMB’s second appearance as the opener for The Botanic Gardens Music Series.  Summer 2013 they opened for Al Green and 2014 had them opening for Michael Mc Donald at the Botanic Gardens in Denver.

 

 

Ms. Miller’s music can be heard on many local radio stations KOA, KBCO, KUVO, KRFC, KOTO and KCNU.  Nationally, Sirius Radio and XM Radio are playing her music on the “Real Jazz” and “B. B. King’s” Blues stations.  Mark Ruffin, on “Real Jazz” XM Radio added Ms. Miller to the lineup fall of 2010 and she continues to be a requested performer on radio stations nationally for example:  Martha’s Vineyard, Charlotte, Miami and Chicago.   Ms. Miller sang on 6 tracks of the hit 2014 CD Blues Masters 3.  This CD featured Mickey Thomas from Jefferson Starship and Tim Tucker, executive producer and lead guitarist on the CD.  The reviews said this about Ms. Miller’s vocal performance: “Miller’s vocals would rival Koko Taylor”.  The CD is recognized as The Blues CD sleep of 2014.