I am presenting a special night of music with my organ trio band, ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, and my gypsy music project, SPEAKEASY.
I'll be featuring Andy Carlson on fiddle and legend Tony Monaco on B3 organ....AND MORE!
Doug Richeson on bass and Louis tsamous on drums will be joining us.
Expect the unexpected!
Jan 05 8:00pm
Mudflats Bar & Grill
Galena, OH US
Jan 12 9:00pm
Roop Brothers Bar
Delaware, OH US
Feb 02 8:00pm
Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music
Worthington, OH US
Feb 08 8:00pm
Granville Recreation Commission
Granville, OH US
Feb 15 9:00pm
Kevin O'Bryan's Irish Pub
Akron, OH US
Feb 16 9:00pm
Roop Brothers Bar
Delaware, OH US
Feb 22 8:00pm
Columbus, OH US
Lenny Paul is back in Columbus…come in for the jam!
The new year is almost here, and there are some exciting things happening...I'll be heading east in January with Mo' Mojo for some zydeco dancing and, keep your ear to the ground, we are going to be featured at some new clubs!
Please check out the schedule and come on back for more updates!"
Lenny Paul is an American traditional blues artist based out of NE Ohio.
In addition to The Lenny Paul Band, you may also see Lenny Paul performing with the Midwest's premier Zydeco/Party Gras band, Mo' Mojo.
A bandleader, in his own right, and a sideman for many years with Mo' Mojo, Jonn Del Toro Richardson, Noah Wotherspoon, Sean Carney, Ray Fuller, and Shaun Booker, to name a few; Lenny delivers the blues with a soulful tone and a smile that says, "leave your troubles at the door, and get up on the dance floor!"
Look for The Lenny Paul Band's latest CD, "Ready Already", featuring, Joe Wayand and Scott Turner. It's on sale on Amazon, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, CDBaby, as well as being available at the shows!
Please check back for updates!
Lenny is available for Guitar and Bass lessons. Please message to set up an initial meeting.
Thank you! See you at the show!
Lenny Paul got his start at an early age, having grown up in a musical family. His mother would sing opera tunes around the house while his father and brother played the accordion. Family gatherings would often include singing while his uncles played guitar and clarinet. After spending some time with the accordion and saxophone, Lenny got his hands on an electric bass when he was 12. Maintaining a diet of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Motown, R&B, and various other genres, Lenny continued learning his primary instrument, and began working in various bands playing all types of music. However once he heard “the Blues” he knew he had found his place.
Performing more often than not as a sideman in bands, Lenny ventured into the guitar world 10 years ago so that could become the frontman that he is inside. From there he developed The Lenny Paul Band, a project he maintains currently in Northeast Ohio.
Throughout the years, Lenny has been fortunate enough to call many places his home: Ohio, Philadelphia, and Houston. All three places have lead to him connecting to super talented blues musicians, such as: Jonn Del Toro Richardson, Sean Carney, Shaun Booker, Sonny Boy Terry, Diunna Greenleaf, Bob Margolin, RJ Misho, Anson Funderburgh, Rich Del Grosso, and many more.
(His time with Sonny Boy Terry included placing in the semi-finals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, in 2010.)
When living in Philadephlia, Lenny joined his first Zydeco band, Zydeco-A-Go-Go, in which he played for 4 years. Moving to Houston, he continued to play blues and Zydeco, including with Raa Raa Carter & the Zydeco All-Stars.
Lenny recorded extensively as a sideman for various blues and R&B albums, and a has Zydeco record with Zydeco-A-Go-Go. His most recently released frontman work features an acoustic CD, “Brotherhood”, with long-time collaborator, John Markovic. This record includes original music written by both Lenny and John. He also has CD with his electric band, “Meet You in Philly”.
Lenny continues to tour extensively both in the U.S., Central America, Asia and Europe. The countries in which he has toured include: Canada, Costa Rica, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria and most recently (Sep. 2017) a 30-day tour of Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
CD RELEASE PARTY - DADDY LONG LEGGIN’
The Drifter Kings will be at Oliver’s on Lynn Alley in Columbus OH for a night of Roots and Blues music. Performing songs from their new CD Daddy Long Leggin'. Pick up your copy at the show for only $10.00. It is also available at www.cdbaby.com and at www.thedrifterkings.com. .
This blues man got his start playing classical guitar at the age of 11 on a farm in Normandy, France. Five years later when BB Kingʼs “Blues Is King” reached his ears, his focus changed to Blues, from there he became one of the most admired Blues guitarists in France. This extraordinary soloist integrates the Blues of the 40’s & 50’s with contemporary blues to create his own unique sound and style. In his 40+ year career, he has won several awards for best soloist. He’s shared the stage with many recognized Blues artists including Diunna Greenleaf, Sax Gordon, Sean Costello, Alex Schultz, Kid Ramos, Jimmy Morello, Andy J. Forest, Michael “Hawkeye” Herman, Rob Rio, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Candye Kane, Fernando Jones, Ricky Nye, Sean Carney, Steve Clayton, Shaun Booker. He tours regularly with Lil’ Red & The Rooster, Mike Sanchez, Steve Clayton & The French Blues Explosion. He remains ever true to his favorite guitar masters, T-Bone Walker, Tiny Grimes, & Charlie Christian.
Jennifer “Lil’ Red” Milligan
A veteran of the stage, from Westerville, Ohio, USA, this multi-talented singer/songwriter has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands internationally on stage, screen and recording. Her magnetic presence, exuberant energy and genuine smile bring a warm authentic charm to the blues scene. With her bed as a stage and hairbrush for microphone, she started singing at the age of 6 accompanied by her motherʼs 45s on her Mickey Mouse turntable. By the age of 11 her bed was replaced by a stage and by 22 she was touring the country as the lead in the National tour of Hair with the acclaimed percussionist from Santana, Michael Benthien. In her professional career she has performed in and or choreographed more productions than years she has lived, sharing the stage with many recognized performing artists including Dennis DeYoung (Styxx), Carl Anderson, Ted Neeley, Carlos Benthien (Santana), Andy J. Forest, Michelle Horsefield, Gary Carney, Steve Clayton, Drew Davies, Ricky Nye, Matthew Skoller, Shane D. Wilson, Robert Smith, Thommy Price (Joan Jett), Eric 13, Shannon Conley (Lez Zeppelin), Nico Wayne Toussiant, Shaun Booker, Long Tall Deb, Sean Carney, Micah Kesselring and Eileen Howard. She’s gratefully accepting the wisdom of two exceptional women in Blues, Diunna Greenleaf & Teeny Tucker and has coached in Jazz with the amazing Michelle Horsefield and Luigi (Master of Jazz Dance Technique). With every note she wishes to thank Ella, Etta, & Dinah with every word Shakespeare & Tom Waits and with every rhythm T-Bone & Luigi.
Though only 18, Matt has had the privilege to share the stage with Grammy Award winning blues legends Buddy Guy and Sugar Blue, The California Guitar Trio, and local international blues artist Sean Carney and Micah Kesselring. He plays Classic Rock and Folk music, along with Country Root and Slide Blues. Matt compliments his finger style guitar playing with soulful vocals that belie his age. He enjoys playing local venues of all sizes and interacting with the crowd. Matt has also performed at larger venues such as The Historic Lyric Theater (Lexington, KY) and The Wheeler Theater (Port Townsend, WA), as well as The Acoustic Blues Festival (Port Townsend, WA) and The Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival in Gahanna. Matt plays a mix of classics from every genre to keep crowds of all ages entertained.
Dylan started playing guitar at the age of ten. Music quickly consumed his life as he explored genres from classical to jazz to rock and blues. Dylan has performed at venues throughout the Columbus, Ohio area as well as at venues in California, Florida, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. In addition to being a regular at various blues jams and house bands, his highlight performances include:
Oliver's (Columbus, OH)
Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival (Columbus, OH)
Columbus Jazz & Rib Festival (Columbus, OH)
Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza (Columbus, OH)
Eldorado's (Columbus, OH)
The Haunt (Ithaca, NY)
The Dock (Ithaca, NY)
Soulshine Pizza (Nashville, TN)
BB Kings (Memphis, TN)
Ground Zero Blues Club (Clarksdale, MS)
The Way I Do is my debut EP. This album features three of my favorite songs by other artists. Rory Gallagher, Albert Collins, and Dr. John. The Way I Do is a Koski/Loos original. I have been fortunate to have three amazing musicians to work with. Jerry Loos on Bass, Brandon Pettiford on Drums, and Andrew Willard on Keyboards.
Diagnosed with autism at the age of four, this determined young man taught himself to play the acoustic, electric and bass guitars at the age of 14. But it was his introduction to the blues sound that provided the musical construct from which he developed his own style. Zayne was also part of a four-piece youth blues band which represented the Columbus Blues Alliance at the 2016 International Blues Challenge’s Youth Showcase held in Memphis, TN. His amazing abilities as a guitarist has taken him to San Antonio, TX, Harrisburg, PA, Rockville, MD and all over Ohio. Zayne also received the 2017 Community Star Award from the Franklin County Board of DD.
Blue Spectrum made the acquaintance of Amelia through the blues community as fellow performers in open jam sessions. Along with Zayne, she was also a member of the youth blues band that played in Memphis. Amelia graduated from Grandview Heights High School and is currently a student at The Ohio State University.
During performances, Zayne would introduce his singing uncle and it wasn’t long before everyone started referring to this smooth crooner as “Uncle Al”. He later joined Blue Spectrum as the bassist and added the missing vocal element to the Blue Spectrum sound. Alan also acts and sings in community theater productions which including the Hilliard Arts Council’s musical production of “Ain’t Misbehavin'”.
A constructive comment made about a Facebook video of Zayne winning his high school talent show, opened the door for the addition of Clarence as drummer and mentor. His many years of playing experience made him instrumental in laying the foundation to the Blue Spectrum sound. Clarence helped transport Blue Spectrum out of the garage and into the world.
"SEAN CARNEY IS THE REAL DEAL...ECHOES OF T BONE WALKER AND PEE WEE CRAYTON PERMEATE HIS TASTY GUITAR SOLOS, WHILE HIS SONGWRITING AND SINGING REVEAL AN ARTIST OF DEPTH AND CLASS. HE HAS PLAYED OUR FESTIVAL TWICE IN THE PAST 5 YEARS, TO EXCEPTIONAL CROWD RESPONSE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."
The Don Norman Blues Band is a dynamic group that will have you dancing, singing, laughing and shouting for more. These guys play blues from Chicago to the Delta, from the West Coast to Memphis, and everywhere in between.
The band started playing Chicago style rhythm & blues in 1998 in Athens, Ohio and soon became a local favorites playing almost every club in town on a regular basis. Since 2006 the band has begun to become regulars on the Columbus scene playing festivals and clubs all over town.
They are fronted by Matt McCarthy on guitar an vocals. Shortly after beginning to play Matt served a cherished apprenticeship under Cleveland Fats. Matt is a passionate performer with true love for the music he is committed to supporting... the blues! His influences include; Jimmy Reed, Albert King, B.B King, Muddy Waters, Magic Slim, RL Burnside, and Robert Lockwood.
Reagan Anderson plays drums and is also an original member from the Athens days. Reagan is a laid back in-the-pocket drummer that keeps the beat up tempo and hard driving.
Toby Shamblin plays bass and is influenced by Tyrone Davis, Stax and Matt Freeman. He drives the bus and glues it all together.
The newest member is Bruce Soble on saxophone. For those of you who don't know Bruce he is an outstanding sax player... This honky can really blow the horn! Bruce is also a real funny guy so watch out...
Mike Gilliland plays the mississippi saxophone and also sings. Mike is an outstanding harmonica player sought after by may bands. Mike claims, Little Water, Big Water, Sonny Boy Williamson, and William Clarke as his influences.
Long Tall Deb and Colin John continue their genre-bending and refreshingly original sound with their new full-length album, DRAGONFLY.
Following up on the themes of their 2015 EP, Streets of Mumbai, DRAGONFLY incorporates a bedrock of blues and soul sensibilities with rock and roll, surf, spaghetti western, noir jazz, pop, Americana and world roots inluences gleaned from their travels throughout America, Europe, India and Nepal.
With the exception of "Lungs", The songs are all original compositions, featuring Long Tall Deb’s signature soulful vocals and her multiple-threat partner Colin John on duet vocals, backing vocals, all acoustic guitars, electric guitars, baritone guitar, baby sitar, lap steel, and the occasional bass and piano track.
Together with a cracking band of top musicians and guests including Michael Hill, Jeff Jensen, Mick Kolassa, James Cunningham, Bill Rufino, Chris Stephenson and Claudia Hernandez; the core band of Nate Holman, organ; Cliff Starbuck and Melvin Powe, bass; Jimmy Castoe and Jo El on drums, brought together with producer Michael Landolt (Coldplay, O.A.R) at the helm,they have crafted a forward-thinking record.
Together they have performed across Asia, Europe and North America and continue to license their songs in TV and film. Past credits include TNT's "Good Behavior" Season 1 pilot and indie film "Contrast".
Mr. Downchild is a singer, guitarist and harmonica player who has been a fixture on the U.S. blues scene for more than two and half decades. Born Stephen Brazier in South London in 1950, he learned to sing and dance from his mother, a singer and dancer, and his great aunt, an opera singer. When he was 5, he sang Frankie Lymon’s “Why do Fools Fall in Love?” at one contest and won £5. He now calls it his first paying gig.
His father was friends with various U.S. service men who were stationed around London. They brought and shared their records with Steve’s father which provided him with his introduction to rock and roll and ultimately, the blues. “You couldn’t get those records in England back then,” he said “But the Americans had them, and I loved Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis!”
When he was 11 years old, Steve began acting in various musicals and
plays in London. He appeared as Oliver opposite of Davey Jones’ Artful Dodger (yes from The Monkeys) as well as on several TV shows and in some movies. When he was 15 his acting career suddenly became less important. “I saw Sonny Boy Williamson playing with the Yardbirds on Ready, Steady, Go!,” he recalled, “and it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. I was totally knocked out by that guy.” Steve went out and bought a harmonica and learned how to play it.
Trutone is a modern music quintet featuring seasoned veteran musicians from all over Ohio. Keyboardist Bo Dixon is from Columbus having played with Stone City Band. Bo brings a finely tuned ear keeping Trutone true to the music. Guitarist Tony Watson has been playing in and around Columbus for many years with Priscilla Woodson and Hosea Hooks. His unique guitar sound is a perfect blend to the Trutone sound. Drummer Fred Dulaney is a multi-talented musician. Fred has regular appearances with John Henry. His drumming combined with his experience on bass guitar gives Trutone it’s soul. Bassist Duane Gaskins is from Canton. Ohio. Duane has played extensively throughout Ohio with Nikki Scott and the Inner City Blues Band. His Canton roots has given him a solid background with a keen ear for style and musical taste. Trumpeter Bob Bowers began his musical journey in Minnesota playing trumpet in 4th grade. Bob has played in many jazz, blues and soul bands since the 1968. Duane and Bob met each other in Canton, Ohio in 1976 playing in SaFire. Bob led the Blues-in-Schools program for 10 years at Kent State University. Special Guest Vocalist Cherie Mannino joins Trutone for the band’s inaugural appearance at Oliver’s. Cherie is a native of New Orleans, LA. He musical journey has taken her to Los Angeles and London, England where she performed to adoring audiences.
International performing & recording artists, Harold Stewart & The Blues Hounds, are based out of Columbus OH & consistently offer crowds high-intensity, upbeat, funky Blues music with a wide range of flavors.
The Blues Hounds have headlined many international events & opened for various pro-musicians overseas, as well as recording 2 CDs in Japan.
The band has an undeniablly special vibe & groove, known as:
"The Blue Sounds of the Blues Hounds!"