The KingmiXers
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The KingmiXers

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF | AFM

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Blues Classic Rock




"A brilliant album"

The Kingmixers work their charm as they do all the time.
It's a brilliant album. - Anna Maria Stjärnell, Luna Kafé

"Tasteful Playing"

TASTEFUL PLAYING and nicely unpretentious and direct. - Bruce Iglauer; Alligator records


"... exceptional blues style ... great feeling for authenticity ... blues lovers cannot ignore this CD!"
ROOTSTIME (Belgium) - ROOTSTIME (Belgium)


"... Wow, this is some CD! I listen to a lot of CDs in the course of selecting material for my program, I've got to tell you this is one of the best I've listened to in a very long time. I have marked every track for airplay most of them 4star on my rating system (1-4 stars). I look forward to playing your CD on BluesBeat for many weeks to come."
Geoff Pegler, BluesBeat Radio, Australia - Geoff Pegler, BluesBeat Radio, Australia

"Seriously good music ... Jazzy Blues and much more, at its very very best"

"Riding With Mr. Blues" is one of those nice rare albums in which you really don't know what is around the next corner ... a nice treat among many on this album was track 2, "Southern Train" with its great opening Harmonica from Gary Preston ... great track...
One really got a truly intimate feeling with all aspects of the music and singing coming through loud and clear, whether it be Gary's harmonica, piano, and keys, Anita faithfully holding the beat on bass, drums, and piano, or David's super sweet guitar work. Mix that in with great vocals and you have got yourself a sweet way to spend the better part of a nearly an hour.
I am impressed with "Riding With Mr. Blues" and I am also very pleased to give it my highest rating of 5*****.
Seriously good music... Jazzy Blues and much more, at its very very best...

John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network) - Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)

"really swings"

"What these two engage in ... is more than just appealing.... the timeless standard "Georgia On My Mind" ... really swings, and demonstrates why Preston is known as an experienced pianist and harpist ..."
BLUES NEWS Magazine (Germany) - BLUES NEWS Magazine (Germany)

"a great ride down the blues highway"

' The KingmiXers' play a fine mix of traditional Chicago blues, boogie and swing/jump.
Singer Gary Preston plays harmonica as an artist who never exaggerates but subtly hits all the nuances; multi-instrumentalist Anita Bonkowski accompanies on bass, drums , and piano ... David Schade tops it all off with elegant and fluent guitar playing.
Gary Preston and Anita Bonkowski ... have been on many festival stages both in America and in Europe. During their many tours in Belgium, they have wowed crowds with their song 'Belgian Beer Boogie', written by Preston ... On the title track, a jazzy narrative ballad, Gary seems to refer to his complex relationship with the blues. His voice leans towards fifties jazz with a personal touch given to the songs.
The two instrumentals hit a more jazzy mood, as with the playful ' Jump The Q ' with a sublime solo bass break, and the pleasant 'Creepin' that would not be out of place in a film of ' The Pink Panther ' or Jacques Tati. The up-beat ' Feel Like Loving ' and ' Gotta Good Woman ' set your feet to dancing and the final track ' Living Easy ' has a Gospel feel ...
The album places itself in that list of laid-back blues jazz in which Mose Allison, Duke Robillard and Junior Wells belong. The 'KingmiXers' are natural talents, and 'Riding with Mr. Blues ' is a great ride down the blues highway. Their combination of harmonica blues and swing jazz invites re-listening.

Rootstime - Rootstime

"Fab music!"

"Whether you want cool, cool jazz... or heart rending, heart pumping,
down-home blues. This duo has it all here for you. 
Very much worth a listen!  Fab!"
BLUESARTSTUDIO.COM - Brian Harman (Vienna) - BLUESARTSTUDIO.COM - Brian Harman (Vienna)

"my highest rating"

Fresh, clean, and dynamic ... a thoroughly enjoyable CD ... my highest rating of 5 Stars.
John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network - Canada) - John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network - Canada)

"One heck of a formidable duo"

"...they create one heck of a formidable duo. GARY & ANITA are to this arena what Fred & Ginger, Bogart & Bacall, Burns & Allen and Lucy & Desi were to theirs...GARY's harp is equal to, if not better than, any of those other cats that constantly make everyone's top five harmonica player lists."

"I like it!"

"I like it! the grooves are right on the money ...
You two are a swingin' little duo. You should sell a lot of these, and get
a lot of gigs with it."
David Vest, Trillium recording artist - David Vest


CD #PB103 - The KingmiXers - Riding With Mr. Blues - released 2012. Chock full of great harp, great guitar, great tunes.

CD #PB102 - Bright Lights - Preston & Bonkowski - released 2008. The second great collection of bluesy originals and covers from Preston & Bonkowski.

CD #PB101 - Satisfy Somebody - Preston & Bonkowski - released 2006. Seven originals, and seven covers with blues, New Orleans styles, and a bit of jazz.



All seasoned players; Gary Preston's fiery harmonica, piano and vocals supported by Anita Bonkowski's rhythmic grooves, capped off by David Schade's tasty guitar, and the steady bass of Ron Lukawitski.

The KingmiXers play as a duo, 3 piece, or quartet. No matter the size, you get humor, energy, and a surprising range of blues styles - from lonesome harmonica to New Orleans grooves.

Award Winning CD
FLYBOY was selected by the Victoria Blues Society as "Best Self-produced CD" to represent our area at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis

TASTEFUL PLAYING nicely unpretentious and direct music. I enjoyed hearing you.
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records

SERIOUSLY GOOD MUSIC. Jazzy Blues and much more, at its very very best .. my highest rating of 5 stars
John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network

WOW THIS IS SOME CD! I listen to a lot of CDs in the course of selecting material for my program, I've got to tell you this is one of the best I've listened to in a very long time. I have marked every track for airplay, most of them 4 star on my 4 star rating system. Geoff Pegler, BluesBeat Radio, Australia

MASTERFULLY PLAYED. You can hear echoes of Chicago blues, Delta blues and jump blues, blues-rock ... a good illustration of how diverse this wonderful music can be, especially if it is masterfully played.
Leonid Auskern, Jazz-Quadrat, Belarus

Mainstage at Calgary International Blues Fest, Vancouver Island MusicFest, Islands Folk Festival, The Filberg Festival, Du Maurier International Jazzfest & more.
Performed with top Canadian artists like Carlos Del Junco, David Gogo, Tim Williams, Amos Garrett, David Vest, Big Dave McLean, Suzie Vinnick. 9 tours of Europe, including The Belgian Beer Festival
Radio, TV and special events like CBC Saturday Night Blues, Hornby Island Blues Camp, CBC Blues Odyssey

GARY PRESTON a triple threat on vocals, harmonica and keys, plays blues with a strong personal style. He has performed from Toronto to Detroit to Vancouver, in Europe and the Caribbean. Gary's been a regular headliner at the Vancouver Harmonica Blast, and instructor at the Hornby Island All Star blues camp. He's also been featured at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Island Blues Bash, Calgary International Blues Festival and the International Jazz Festival. Gary's also been heard on CBC Radio, and made numerous other appearances in recordings, jingles, television and radio. Over the years, he's shared the stage with Eric Burdon, James Cotton, Lee Oscar, Colin James, Dutch Mason, The Ray Charles Orchestra, Otis Rush, John Hammond, and Mark DuFresne. Junior Wells, after hearing Gary play, called him: Good - Damn good!

ANITA BONKOWSKI  works nationally and internationally as an instructor, drummer, bassist, composer and arranger. She's played numerous festivals and clubs across North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Her musical performances include events with Johnny Mathis, Englebert Humperdink, and The Moody Blues. Recently she performed in the David Foster Miracle Concert, playing with Sarah McLaughlin, Kenny G, Josh Groban, Ruben Studdard, and The Canadian Tenors. Anita also freelances in jazz and R&B bands, musical theater, and show bands. Anita teaches theory and history of music, as well as  piano, bass, and drums. As a composer and arranger, Anita's pieces are heard on recordings and radio in Canada and the US.

DAVID SCHADE is a brilliant blues guitarist with a unique style. David began a life-long relationship with the blues after being exposed to the music of Elmore James in the 1960s. He was fortunate to have seen club gigs by many of the greatest generation of electric blues players like Howlin' Wolf, Freddie King, Muddy Waters and countless other masters.
After a decade of playing professionally, David became obsessed with understanding the nature of the universe and dropped guitar for 25 years to study physics and astronomy, observe on many of the world's greatest telescopes, and work for Cambridge University and the University of Toronto before coming to Victoria. David believes that science and music are both, fundamentally, the act of people trying to explain the universe to one another.

RON LUKAWITSKI has been playing bass for 35 years and been a bass instructor for 20 years. He's toured extensively, recorded under the Atlantic Records label, opened for acts such as The Byrds, Canned Heat, Rare Earth and Savoy Brown, and toured the world playing on cruise ships. Ron is accomplished in many musical styles including rock, blues, Latin, R & B and jazz. Ron’s talents are the perfect fit for our musical projects. In Ron’s words, “I love the feeling when the group of musicians I'm playing with gels and the music is flowing effortlessly.

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