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"The Mike Lenz Band"

7th Edition
August 20, 2005

The Mike Lenz Band really put on a great show at last year’s fest. Their set ended much too soon for the crowd that as the band was leaving the stage got to its feet giving them a bon a fide standing ovation. The positive impression they made on the audience was further proven by the fact that they sold out of their entire stock of CDs & merchandise literally within 15 minutes after their closing song. We continue to hear good comments about the Mike Lenz Band’s appearance and the question, “Are they going to be back?” Our answer, yes they are.
For the uninitiated, the Mike Lenz Band is a three piece outfit grounded firmly in American Roots Music and Blues. They play a mix of originals and covers many of which are not your ordinary “standards”. They have a raw and stripped down sound featuring as appropriate vocals, guitar, slide, bass, drums and harmonica. Their sound is Piedmont and delta style Blues with influences ranging from Robert Johnson, Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Blake, Mississippi Jug Band stomps and rags to electric Muddy Waters and the Juke Joint Boogies of Howlin’ Wolf and Hound Dog Taylor. Add in a little spice from Funk, swing and rockabilly and you have some unusual and very enjoyable music happening.
This band is very professional, seasoned and polished through years of playing the club circuit and experience playing nearly every type of American Music. This has honed them into an exciting act well on the road to success. If you were there to see them last year, we know that you will be back for more. If you missed them, here is your chance catch this innovative group in the act. Mark your calendar August 20, 2005 and plan to be a part of Ohio’s Blues Invasion at the Seventh Edition of the Mohican Blues Festival.
- Mohican Blues Festival newsletter and website


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Mike Lenz is based in the Akron, Ohio area and performs solo on guitar, vocals, harmonica or kazoo, and stompbox. Winner of the Marietta, Ohio based BJFM 2005 Blues Challenge, he is influenced by everything from delta and piedmont blues artists such as Robert Johnson, Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Blake and Tommy Johnson to Jug Band stomps and rags of the 20’s and 30’s to classic 50’s and 60’s electric Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, and Howlin’ Wolf to the juke joint boogies of Hound Dog Taylor and modern North Mississippi blues. His live show includes his originals, classic blues and tastes of just about every genre of American roots music. He also performs regularly with The Mike Lenz Band, which features Mike on vocals, guitar, and harmonica; Jason Edwards on drums; and Dennis Meyers on bass and vocal. www.mikelenz.com