Michael “Big Mike” Aguirre has been a champion of the St. Louis music scene for over 20 years. At the tender age of 19, before cell phones, Youtube, and a 21+ ID, he ventured alone into the urban communities surrounding St. Louis to learn directly from generations of elder blues and soul musicians rightfully regarded as legends within the historic St. Louis music tradition. Welcomed, initiated and adopted into the Old School St. Louis music family, he paid his dues as a full-time guitarist-for-hire, performing nightly, sitting in alongside dozens upon dozens of veteran performers, immersing himself in a diverse musical and cultural environment. developing chemistry with an entire city full of musicians, and earning a reputation, song by song, set by set, night after night as a bonafide musician and entertainer.
After years of apprenticeship, and drawing from his extensive experience and network of musicians, Big Mike stepped in front of a microphone as a lead vocalist and bandleader, eventually founding the Blu City All Stars, a constantly revolving cast of diversely talented St. Louis musicians featuring as constantly evolving set list of material blending blues, soul, jazz and funk influences. Big Mike became a regular fixture at premier music venues and festivals in St. Louis, and accumulated extensive festival experience at the national and international level, including sets at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Liberation Day in the Netherlands.
Beyond a tireless work ethic and commitment to professionalism, Big Mike has a reputation, put to the test on a nightly basis for 20 years, for delivering on stage in a BIG way. Regularly entrusted by venues, festival organizers and talent buyers to headline major events and leave audiences walking away happy, Big Mike & the Blu City All Stars turn SOUL POWER into an unforgettable live music experience.
2019 promises to be an exciting year, with the eagerly anticipated release of Big Mike’s first full length original studio record slated for Spring. Co-produced by Al Holliday, and recorded live to tape in old school fashion, the music blends the influences of the Mississippi River - St. Louis Blues, Memphis Soul & New Orleans Funk - along with Big Mike’s 20 years of experience into a sound unlike any other.
Click the “MUSIC” button at the top of the page to listen to the red-hot Pre-Release Single - “It Won’t Be Long” b/w “Deal With the Devil,” and play it LOUD!