Erica Brown is a bona-fide Blueswoman. She has worked with some of the finest artists in the world, and has shared stages with such heavyweights as B.B. King, Al Green, Delbert McClinton, Tab Benoit, Kenny Neal, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Bob Margolin, Lionel Young, Kenny Wayne Shepard and Debbie Davies.
From 1998-2008, as frontwoman for the Award-winning Erica Brown Band, Erica electrified audiences all over the Rocky Mountain region with the band’s brand of searing blues rock. The band won nearly every award the region offered, including Best Blues Band (Westword Magazine) Best Underground Blues Band (Denver Post) and The Rocky Mountain News’ Best of in the Blues Category. The band released two critically acclaimed CD’s, “Body Work” in 2000, and “Rough Cut Stone” in 2003.
Erica was dubbed “Denver’s Queen of the Blues”, a moniker that was used by the Altitude Network in their concert showcase feature “OnStage”, which was broadcast to five million households in ten western states in 2005.
In 2012 Erica was awarded the Five Points Jazz Festival’s Tribute Award for significant and lasting contributions to culture in the Five Points, Denver neighborhood and throughout the Region!
Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. is an inspirational singer, songwriter, storyteller and self-taught award-winning multi-instrumentalist. He plays guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle using folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the history, beauty and power of our shared culture.
A lifelong Detroiter, Rev. Jones has been performing professionally for nearly 30 years throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has entertained and educated audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union halls, prisons, churches and civil rights organizations. His deep love for traditional African American and American music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs. At the heart of his message is the belief that our cultural diversity tells a story that should celebrate, not just tolerate
Lee Clark Allen band
Patrick Lee Clark, known professionally as Lee Clark Allen (preferred name), is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor/director, and educator. As a seamless crossover indie artist, he has been building momentum in the jazz, blues, R&B, and singer-songwriter scenes in Denver and nationally! His debut EP album Little Rock, recorded late December 2017, will be launched in Spring 2018. From winning songwriting awards to earning prestigious radio play on Hot 97.1, Lee Clark Allen’s unforgettable down to Earth attitude and overdrive work ethic are inspiring! He has an underdog story worth trending!
Ricky Earl Band and Cherise
Ricky Earl is a Louisiana Blues Man, the Piper of the Blues who brings a new vive of blues music to the scene. His Chicago Style Blues Music is a mix of Johnny Taylor, Chuck Berry and Sam Cook, BB king all in one. Ricky was born July 7th, in a small town called Poplar Bluff, Missouri he is one of ten children born to a Baptist Minister of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His family was well known as the gospel group, The Earl Singers. He started playing the piano at age five, then added the bass and the guitar. Ricky’s guitar playing has brought him fame and notoriety throughout the country.
At fourteen, Ricky was introduced to the blues world and joined a group called, the Dayton SideWinders. He continued his destiny by working with some of the greatest blues artist like Little Milton, who groomed him as his band-leader for twelve years. Ricky’s master guitar skills can be heard on LittleMilton’s album, “Live at Westville Prison”. As a product of Little Milton and Albert King, Ricky has been true to keeping the blues alive. He was Albert King’s side man for seven years and he also played with Artie White and Johnny Taylor. He has traveled throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States, and he has made appearances in blues festivals, and venues all over the world.
Ricky Earl is a true blues trend-setter.
Lionel Young has the distinct position of being the only person to win the International Blues Challenge twice, once in 2008 in the solo/duo division, and in 2011 in the band division. He’s played with a who’s who at the top of the music industry: Count Basie, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Paige and Robert Plant, James Taylor, Living Color, Los Lobos, and in the blues world with Homesick James, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Elvin Bishop, Kenny Neal, Tab Benoit, Johnny Long, and Otis Taylor among others.
He’s played all over the world in various musical situations like the Montreux Jazz Festival, the 1988 Olympics, and the Legendary Blues Cruise.
Of the 3 piece band on the 2009 Legendary Blues Cruise, Chip Eagle of Blues Wax wrote “One of the sleeper hits of the cruise is the Lionel Young Band….. If you’re not familiar with Lionel, you’re missing out….. What makes Lionel stand out is that when he plays, he owns the room. He’s one of those special performers whose able to do his own thing while still playing to the crowd.”
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, along with the strength and passion of Young’s playing, his smooth vocals and unique translations. It’s prime. It’s fun. It’s Lionel Young.
Colorado Blues Squad
16 year old Bre Davis is an accomplished singer and song writer from the Northern Colorado area. She has been singing for 5+years and has been a part of numerous vocal competitions throughout Colorado. Bre enjoys and can sing all musical styles, anything from Country, Blues, R&B and Pop. She also enjoys playing the piano and has recently taken up guitar lessons to broaden her musical background. Bre has written 6 songs and has recently released two music videos.
JJ Mazza may be a young gun, but he’s an old soul when it comes to the drums. At only 13 years old, he has been playing drums publicly since the age of 6. Born in Nashville, TN to professional musician parents, music was in JJ’s blood from the beginning. From the time he got his first noise complaint for banging on pots and pans too loudly in their small apartment, JJ was destined to keep the groove. He got his first drum kit for his 2nd birthday and hasn’t stopped playing ever since. He is currently studying at the Denver School of the Arts and not only plays blues but also jazz, rock, funk and concert percussion.
My name is Stephen Haw 17 years old I’m a bass player from Eaton High School in Eaton Colorado. I’ve been playing bass for about 4 years now emphasizing in Jazz and Blues.
Emma Weaver 18 years old guitarist from Eaton, Colorado.
Rex Peoples & the X Factr
X Factr was created by singer, songwriter, vocal coach, and Blues in Schools educator Rex Peoples in 2007, and is intentionally spelled without the “o” to represent the intangibles that make the religious shout, the partiers dance, and remind us of the emotions that make us say, “That’s my song!”
Al Chesis & Anthony Russo
Al Chesis ~ Harmonica/Vocals
Al has played in Colorado since the mid-1980’s after moving to Denver from Washington, D.C. There he played in the Mojo-Matics for five years, opening shows for Albert Collins, Elvin Bishop, and others. Al has shared the stage with Canned Heat, Tommy Castro, and Homesick James.
He has also done studio work for two PBS movie soundtracks and Denver area radio stations, including KBCO, KUVO and the FOX. Al has toured locally and nationally with Muddy Waters’ son Big Bill Morganfield, appearing at venues in Colorado, Utah, and Wisconsin, as well as at the prestigious Chicago Blues Festival in 2002.
Recently, Al has toured regionally with Pinetop Perkins, Steadyrollin’ Bob Margolin, and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. Al has been endorsed by Hohner Harmonicas since 1992.
I’m from the southside of Denver, Colorado. I dedicated my life to playing a piece of wood and making noise. It all started when I was 8. After seeing my church band perform, I was so inspired! I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life from then on.
In 2013 I got a band together. We started paying our dues in every sleazy dive to legendary club and festival in Colorado, now averaging 230 gigs a year, we ain’t stopping!
Joshua Fialkoff lends his smoky voice and unique piano stylings – a veritable gumbo of “roots piano” flavors – to dance exchanges and series around the world, and has been doing so for over ten years. Joshua first began playing for dancers as a bass player for Solomon Douglas. Later, as a pianist, he started his own group and began sharing his distinct brand of Blues and Swing. Joshua is known for his unique arrangements that are at once new and old, and an authenticity and rawness that shines through in his presence and performance.
Blues and Swing events throughout the US, Canada, and Europe regularly feature Joshua or one of his ensembles. Some recent performances include Spoonful (Edinburgh, UK), DCLX’tra (Washington DC), Dance Flurry (Saratoga Springs, NY), BluesSHOUT (Chicago, IL), Sweet Molasses Blues (Boston, MA), Eastside Stomp (Seattle, WA), Montreal Bagel and Blues (Montreal, QC), Capital Ballroom (Seattle, WA), Mean Old Blues (San Francisco, CA), and many others. He has shared the stage with a number of esteemed musicians including Gordon Webster, Barbara Morrison, and Meschiya Lake. Joshua is the rare performer who cares deeply about his audience, who is constantly seeking to connect and engage the people he plays for, and who yearns to instill in everyone within earshot an irresistible urge to move.
Sean has worked with Mile High Blues since its first incarnations! He brings a dancer’s sensibility to both playing and emceeing, doing his best to give dancers what they need to feel comfortable. Laced with wit, musicality, and always laughter, he lets each event be truly one-of-a-kind, blending inspiration from the venue, the mood, and most importantly the dancers themselves. Every event is a combination of joy, sorrow, live music, and inspiring dancing competitions and he take the responsibility of keeping this ball of fun rolling very seriously!
Sean came to play Blues music first as a Lindy hopper, then as a Blues dancer. Every event he plays is a true collaboration between performer and dancer. He has shared the stage with such accomplished Blues and Swing musicians as Erica Brown from Denver, Solomon Douglas from Seattle, Piano Willie, Gerry Hundt from Chicago, and Ronnie Shellist of Denver’s The Shuffletones. Influences include, but are in no way limited to: Lighting Hopkins, B.B. King, Nina Simone, and Robert Johnson. Sean started playing house parties in Denver in 2006 and has since played Blues Dance festivals, dance nights, and house parties all over the US (and occasionally Vancouver). He has also been one of the house musicians for Cruisin’ for a Bluesin’ for the last 6 years.
Sean is honored to be invited back to Denver for this amazing festival, and looks forward to emceeing and distracting you from your bagels!
One thing that you can count on from this DJ is a vast understanding of genres. Because of her background in various dance styles, Kara brings a depth of musical knowledge appropriate for dancing. Her loves vary from House to Funk, Old School Hip Hop, Vintage Jazz, Blues and Soul. She has a not so secret adoration for mashups, and has even dabbled in beat production and mixology. With a desire to be a jill of all trades, she began Dj’ing at house parties in 2011. Since then she has gone on to DJ at local dance venues and events throughout the country. Based in Colorado Springs, she works to provide dancers with a variety of blues, jazz, and swing music in her sets.
Rachel fell in love with blues music upon finding the dance almost 15 years ago. She’s got a passion for the wide variety of blues music from Piedmont finger-pickin’, gritty swamp, funky boogaloo, to entrancing hill country. Above all though, it’s gotta be real and have soul.
Having enjoyed many dances and styles of music, she brings an eclectic mix of sounds and genres when she DJs, with a soft spot for a good horn section, interesting rhythms, solid grooves, and sweet harmonies. Just know, you’re guaranteed to hear tunes that have some ass and make you want to shake it. From old school jams to brand new beats, Rachel keeps it bumping in the clubs and on the streets. For more info check out http://www.redstirling.com.
Based out of Charleston, SC, Dave Fuerte has been DJing Blues, Swing, and Soul across the Southeast for nearly a decade. His passion for blues led him to found Holy City Blues Exchange (also in Charleston), which is celebrating its 9th year. According to him, when Blues is in its purest elements of rhythm and feeling, it is at its most impactful; which is reflected by his current ear worm is “Death Letter Blues” by Son House. Dave looks forward to complimenting the amazing live music line up Mile High Blues has planned all weekend long!
Daniel likes to DJ sets that shift and transform, with plenty of variety in rhythm, style, and emotion. He loves the process of watching a dance floor and trying to figure out what everyone in the room wants. A frequent DJ at Tuesday Blues and Barefoot in Portland, Oregon, he’s traveled to play dances and events in Seattle, San Francisco, and a few wilderness locations. This is his first time in Denver, and he’s super honored to be playing both blues and the legacy room.
Alex is stalwart of the Seattle blues dance scene and 30 year aficionado of blues music. Known for his British accent and vast enthusiasm for the genre, he particularly enjoys DJing tunes from 50s-60s Chicago, Louisiana/New Orleans, and Hill Country sub-genres. Favorite blues song : Dr Michael White and Thais Clark “Horn Man Blues, Every Day is a Holiday”.