Bluesman Mike Heads Benefits for Salvation Army and the Philippines This Month

Categories: Blues

This fundraiser is hosted by the Philippine Nurses Association. A dinner comes with the $15 admission fee, but folks can donate as much money as they like.

Golfers can come early and play 18 holes for a $50 donation. For more information, telephone the Ken McDonald Golf Club at 480-350-5250.

Bluesman Mike and the Blues Review Band is one of the busier bands in the Valley, constantly booked at various venues and playing a mix of cover tunes and originals in a style that mixes Texas and Chicago blues.

"I call it a gumbo mix of blues," Bluesman Mike says. "We play Chicago blues with our own flavor. Our Texas blues is good for dance tunes."

He's been a fan of the blues himself since the first time he heard Otis Redding's voice; he's also been influenced by Solomon Burke, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, BB King, Junior Wells and Albert King as well as local musicians Pete Pearson and George Bowman.

The Blues Review Band includes Sugar Bear Lawrence on lead guitar, Bluesman Mike on bass, Bobby Nealy on keyboards and Steve Loecher on drums. They've already begun work on their next CD.

Two other important gigs find the Blues Review Band at the Blue Adobe Grill in Scottsdale from December 6 and New Year's Eve at the Dubliner Irish Pub in Phoenix.

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