BluesMuse Music

17 December 2013

Blues Muse 2017 Music!

— Update 8/16/17 — Our Headlining DJs are now live! Check out their pictures and bios below, and get excited for the sweet tunes they'll be finding and playing for you at Blues Muse 2017.

Bands
"Harmonica" Phil Wiggins
Takoma Park, MD, USA

Phil Wiggins is a versatile traditional harmonica player, continuing the Piedmont blues tradition, a gentle and melodic blues style of the mid-Atlantic region. He plays the diatonic ten-hole harmonica in the country blues style, cupping both hands around the instrument and playing acoustically. His sound is not shaped by the gear, the microphone or amplifier when performing on stage, instead by his complex syncopated patterns, breath-control and rhythm, stylistic virtuosity and fiery solo runs.

Read more about Phil Wiggins on his website, and check out this playlist of Phil and Ian playing!


Here is a video of "Harmonica" Phil Wiggins playing music!

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Ian B. Walters
Washington, DC, USA

Ian B. Walters

Ian B. Walters plays spirited, updated blues and standards as well as contemporary tunes. Known for his unique piano sound, dripping with soul vocals, and all-around good vibes, Ian's inventive interpretations of great old songs make them new again. After studying classical piano for 13 years, he found his musical voice in vintage blues, R&B, American Standards, and early Rock-n-roll. One of the most sought after performers in the Washington DC area, he can often be found playing blues festivals and clubs solo or with numerous bands. In 2008, Ian became the newest member of the blues piano faculty at the Augusta Heritage Center's annual Blues Week in Elkins, WV. He teaches classes and has private students in Blues Piano, combining classical western musical methods with the music of early 20th Century America extending to Rock-n-roll and early R&B. He uses various styles, including Boogie Woogie, Honky Tonk, and New Orleans Stride and Ragtime to demonstrate a historical approach to the development of American Popular Music.

Read more on Ian Walters on his website, and check out this playlist of Phil and Ian playing!


Here is a video of Ian B. Walters playing music!

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Mikey Junior
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Mikey JuniorFor a musical style that has historically placed so much weight on lineage, the passing of more and more of the old masters poses a dire question: What is the future of the blues and who will lead the charge?

Well, for blues fans in the Northeast United States, that question is routinely answered every night Mikey Junior hits the stage. His infectious personality and absolute command of his medium leave little doubt the blues is in good hands.

Self-taught from his impressive collection of blues vinyl, Mikey was a full time musician before he even graduated high-school. By the time he was in his early twenties, seasoned players were taking notice and it wasn't long before one blues society after another scrambled to get him to their stage. Before long, Mikey was a staple of the summer blues circuit on the East Coast.


Here is a video of Mikey Junior playing music!

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Headliners
Julie Brown
Boston, MA, USA

Julie Brown

From acoustic to electric, horns to harmonica, New York to West Coast, Julie digs all the blueses. She has DJed around the country at bluesSHOUT, Blues Muse, Mile High Blues, Bambloozled, and more. She also DJs regularly in Boston, where she lives, dances, works, and occasionally sleeps.

Photo Credit: Ben Hejkal


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Paul Loschak
Boston, MA, USA

Paul Loschak

Paul Loschak (known as "DJ Loveschak" at weekly Boston dances) has been dancing and DJing the blues for years. Paul regularly DJs at Boston blues dance venues and has also DJ'd at events, exchanges, and local weekly dances across North America and Europe. His collection of tunes is both broad and deep, spanning many genres and many blues dances. His library is jam packed with musically inspiring tunes for sparking dancers' creativity and encouraging leads and follows to collaborate in each dance. Paul is excited to return as a part of the Blues Muse musical team this year.

Photo Credit: Caroline McBride


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DJs
Dan Repsch
Quebec, MA, CA

Dan Repsch

Dan's obsession with music has been life-long. He’s taken to DJing because he loves sharing his music, inspiring other dancers, and guiding the energy of a dance. He’s constantly challenging himself to bring new material to his fellow dancers and works hard to offer a variety of music in his sets that stays true to the roots of the dance. He loves all styles of music and his sets tend more toward authentic Jazz and Blues, but he can bring the party if the dance calls for it.


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Joey Shelley
Boston, MA, USA

Joey Shelley

Joey Science started DJing in Chicago in 2012. Since then, they have prioritized crafting a music collection that digs deep into the historical roots of the blues. They tend towards breadth in their sets, moving from tunes that ask dancers to jam on Piedmont triples to sweet melodies for Savoy Walk to wicked fast jams for struttin' and back again all night long.


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Laney Barhaugh
Minneapolis, MN, USA

Laney Barhaugh

As is often the case in small scenes, Laney started DJing out of necessity – somebody had to play some music! Since then, she has come to greatly enjoy the process of acquiring, vetting, and playing music for blues dancers. She loves playing a wide variety of styles, from sweet jazz-blues to gritty juke joint tunes to soul-influenced ballads, and she has a soft spot for any song that brings the party. She has DJed extensively in her home scene of Minneapolis, as well as at Steel City Blues, Sweet Molasses Blues, Red Hot BBQ & Blues, CUBE, Nocturne Blues & Sweet Molasses Blues.


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Marc Longhenry
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Marc Longhenry

Taking interest and influence from a great variety of dancers, DJs, and artists, Marc Longhenry enjoys bringing people to their feet and their dances to near euphoria. He delights in bringing new and different views to DJing while keeping the classics in play, and the most heart warming moment of his night is to see the crowd-wide reaction to a fantastic song or to see the complex play of emotion and expression across the floor.

Photo Credit: Emily Fleck Photography


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Ross Blythe
Chicago, IL, USA

Ross Blythe

He plays the rhythms, the sounds, the pulse that makes dancers jump and feet glide. He wants to share what inspires this movement with you, the dancers of CincyLX 2015. Bringing this rhythm, this jive and groove, is Ross Blythe. He's a Chicago DJ with a love of travel and dance. He'll spin the jazz and blues you want to hear. Prepare for the sounds of the streets of the Delta, the thrum and catch of the Hot Club, the brazen horns and delicate clarinets of the grandstand, haunting twang of the juke joint: all of these and more for your ears, your feet, and your dance.

Ross can be found DJing around the midwest (with stints in Scotland and Toronto, CA) as well as events around Chicago including: 50Fifty (formerly CodeBlue), Bluetopia, Chicago Balboa Underground, Chicago Monthly Balboa Social, and more!


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