Eef and the Blues Express
Eef and the Blues Express is one of Colorado's premier blues bands. Ever since this dynamic five-piece was formed in 2009 they have been hitting the scene running. They were a semi-finalist at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, and were at the IBC previously in 2015. They have toured the Mid-West and have opened for numerous national acts including Coco Montoya, Samantha Fish, Bernard Allison and Tinsley Ellis. In 2015 they were nominated by the local newspaper 'Westword' for 'Best Blues Band'. In 2013 Eef was awarded 'Songwriter of the Year' at the CBS Members Choice Awards.
BJ Estares and Route 61
- Winner of the 2015 Pikes Peak Blues Community Regional Blues Challenge
- Winner of the 2013 "Best Self Produced CD" in the Pike Peak Region
"Versatility is the key to success" -BJ Estares and Route 61
Cass Clayton has two different bands, one being a straight blues band, and the other taking in broader influences but still having the blues as its foundation. Here's a brief description of each:
CC and the Riders: Cass Clayton is lead singer and frontwoman for CC and the Riders (formerly Hogback Blues Band), a five-piece band putting its unique stamp on classic blues, R&B, soul and contemporary blues/rock. Early influences of old-school blues, gospel, R&B and jazz can be heard in her vocal style, song choices and lyrics. This band is deeply connected to the blues tradition. Influences include Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Albert King, Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Keb Mo, Nina Simone, BB King, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and the list goes on.
Cass Clayton Band sprang out of a collaboration with Taylor Scott that led them into the studio to record their own originals in 2017. Cass is known for her smoky 3-octave vocal range and soulful style, as well as her slide guitar playing. Taylor has a long history as an international touring guitarist/singer/songwriter with the Otis Taylor Band and Taylor Scott Band. They are both heavily influenced by funk, soul, jazz, blues and rock-n-roll. Their music presence before an audience is a funky, blues-rock essence with hints of classic soul music. While the music defies a single genre, every song they do together is built from powerful lyrics and stories that build to the end and keep people moving on the dance floor.
Old Souls is an R&B band who play up-tempo, good time blues like Sweet Home Chicago, Wilson Picket, James Brown, Delbert McClinton, Freddie King, BB King, Neville Brothers, Meters, Ray Charles, Robben Ford, Hall and Oats, Boz Scaggs, and Sam & Dave. Old Souls hit the stage at Southside Johnny's every Thursday night for over 4 years before it closed. Members include Ed Liptak on saxophone, Luke Ellington on guitar and vocals, Jake Jacoby on guitar and vocals, James Dikes on bass, and Nick Smith on drums.
Old Prose is a duo 40 years in the making. Steve Graybill and Scott Leonard have performed together in a variety of acts in the Pikes Peak Region for over four decades. Old Prose' performs Blues (new and old), Classic Rock, and Originals. Complete with strong vocal harmonies.
The King Stan Band
The King Stan Band has been a Colorado favorite for over 10 years. Authentic is the word used most to describe KSB. Lead by master blues-man "King Stan" Stroman, the band is a mix of blues and 60's soul. Stan started his career at the age of 14 opening at the Apollo Theater in New York. He has toured and recorded with Wilson Pickett, Junior Walker, Clarence Carter and many more. When Stan tells the band to play a certain note or chord, it is because "That's the way Wilson Pickett" told me to play it. The 6-piece band has some of Colorado's most talented musicians including John "Machine Gun" Gallagher on Bass. John has had a 40-year career including playing with many music greats including; Lenny Welch, Bobby Rydell, and Bobby Sherman. Lead guitar is handled by Ted "Guitar" Loughery. Ted's Slide is unmatched in the Rocky Mountain area. The King Stan Horn section has won multiple awards as the best in the front range. King Stan's freight-train rhythms are handled by long time Denver drummer Mark Marusin. His foot stomping beats will get anyone on their feet.
As a proud member of the Pikes Peak Blues Community, the King Stan Band looks forward to playing in the Colorado Springs area!
Two Story is a four-piece band from Colorado Springs who specialize in blues, southern rock, outlaw and red dirt country. Two Story plays anything from intimate acoustic venues to large clubs and outdoor events. They are Bill Massey on guitar/lead vocals, Ron Sandvik on guitar/backing vocals, Bill Burke on bass, and Noah Taube on percussion.