Big Mike & the Blu City All Stars

St. Louis Blues, Memphis Soul, New Orleans Funk

Big Mike Aguirre from Belleville, IL appeared solo last night at BB’s Jazz Blues & Soups. He instantly captured the audience with a commanding presence, a bagful of original tunes with up-front lyrics, and some well selected blues covers. He is a star. Hope to see him and his Blu City All Stars on the East Coast in the future. St. Louis, MO 7-21-2017”

- Kent Kirkland - Connecticut Blues Society

”Big Mike as a guitarist is a slasher, a groover, a musician who fully understands the soul of the blues. But, talented guitarists abound in St. Louis - and make no mistake, Big Mike can hold his own and then some. The real secret as to why Big Mike Aguirre stands tall among the crowd of other talented blues artists of his generation is found in his voice and on-stage charisma. Big Mike sings from his soul in a warm and expressive voice, one that makes women swoon and makes men jealous (and makes them hold their women just a little bit closer).

The Blu-City All-Stars - Andy Coco (bass guitar and vocals), Nathan Hershey (organ, clavinet, Rhodes, keys and vocals) and Kevin Bowers (drums and percussion) are to a man considered among the top-rank of musician in St. Louis. The gentlemen are not hired guns; along with Big Mike Aguirre they ARE the Blu-City All-Stars, easily capable of making you feel the burn of Guitar Slim’s aching, heart-wrenching blues to Earl King’s funky Big Easy R&B - and all the blue shades between (and beyond!) They’ll strip down hoary cover songs and re-imagine then into anthems of earthy, celebratory, salaciously over-the-top rites of life, and they’ll fool you with self-penned tunes that you swear you’ve heard and loved forever. And here I haven’t even touched on the fantastic 3-part harmonies the band routinely yet expertly works into most of their catalog. The fellas are a treasure among the St. Louis blues and roots scene.”

- Lee Howland (aka “East Side Slim)
88.1 FM KDHX St. Louis Community Radio

 

Photographer: Jillian Temple

Musician: Michael "Big Mike" Aguirre

Venue: Broadway Oyster Bar, St. Louis, MO 2017