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Mojo & the Boogieman is a five-piece powerhouse blues band from Northern Michigan. Their unique blend of blues and rock n roll caught the attention of everyone at the 2003 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Of the more than 60 bands from around the world, Mojo & the Boogieman placed in the top eight, and was the people's choice as well. To get to Memphis, Mojo & the Boogieman beat out four of Detroit's top blues bands in the first annual Detroit Blues Challenge, held in November of 2002.

Mojo & the Boogieman has been a constant fixture on the Northern Michigan music scene since late 1990. In that time, they have built a loyal following by playing any place that would have them, and leaving their audiences awestruck by their explosive, over-the-top performances. They are known all over the Northern Michigan area as a big-draw, good-time-had-by-all band, that never leaves its audience wanting. Because of this, they have the honor of being voted "Best Blues Band in Northern Michigan," for the years 2002-2004, by the readers of The Northern Express magazine.

Mojo & the Boogieman brings the energy and attitude of rock n roll to the soul and passion of the blues to create a fiery, expressive sound. Taking their cue from contemporary blues artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Castro, Guy Forsyth, and Corey Harris, they have found their own voice in the high-energy blues form. Not being from one of the "blues meccas" such as Chicago or Texas, Mojo & the Boogieman has had an opportunity to develop a style all its own, invoking aspects of all the blues forms out there along with one of Michigan's greatest musical exports: rock n roll. They can burn a slow blues, or shake the house with an SRV-style "thunder shuffle," or pack the dance floor with an up-tempo swing tune. Each show is a celebration of life, love and music that is sure to put the shake in your money maker, the groove in your move, and the beat in your feet.

With a fresh, new sound, regional success, and an ever-growing fan base, Mojo & the Boogieman is now setting their sights on letting the world in on Northern Michigan's best-kept secret. Big City Blues Magazine says; "Mojo & the Boogieman has definitely got their mojo workin'." Let them work it on you!

Why this name?
"Mojo" is a hoodoo good luck charm, and also a frequent term used in the blues, so when we were naming the band, we thought Mojo would be cool. We also thought we needed more than just "Mojo", so we tacked on Bryan's nickname, "the Boogieman," and voila! Mojo & the Boogieman!

Do you play live?
Sure do! We play all over Michigan, and working on conquering the rest of the known universe as well. So far, we have some control over the top, right-hand portion of the 21st sector of the Milky Way, but hey, Rome wasn't built in a day!

We love playing for people, especially for folks new to us and what we're all about. It's great to bring new members into our "family."

Our biggest achievement to date, is making it into the finals of 2003 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Out of over 60 bands, we made into the finals with seven other bands. Not bad for a blues band from Northern Michigan!

How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
I think that by allowing un-signed bands to post music on the internet, it's becoming easier for people to find new bands, and not be held "hostage" to the record industry as to who's "hot" and who's not. It's become so easy for a "no-name" band to record a quality CD and get that music out to The Whole world without signing a distibution deal or recording contract. This also helps a band when the day comes for them to negotiate with a record lable. The band can now say; "We've sold 10,000 copies of latest record without you, so why do we need you?" Instead of, "Oh please, please, please let us be on your lable! We need to get this great music of ours out to the huddled masses everywhere!" Between on-line radio, sites like CD Baby where a band can sell their music world-wide, and sites like this where bands can let people hear their music, lables need to really sweeten the deal for an artist or band to come along with them.

Would you sign a record contract with a major label?

If it met with certain crieria, I think I would.

Band History:
Mojo & the Boogieman started out as a hard rock band in early 1990. By 1993, they were headed in the direction of blues, courtesy of having heard the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Since then, there have been many member and stylisitc changes, but the constant has always been lead singer and front man Bryan "the Boogieman" Fischer and lead guitarist Jon "White Lightnin" Archambault.

This is a blues band that rocks, not a rock band trying to play blues. Mojo is also a band that needs to be seen to be believed. Remember when bands put on shows? When you could go see a group, and they would actually entertain you, instead of just standing on the stage and playing songs to you? Well, the MATB boys do, and that's what they're about when they hit a stage. Festivals, bar gigs, or opening act, they come to play good music, entertain the crowd, and put on a powerful , over-the-top show.

Your influences?
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Taj Mahal, Guy Forsythe, James Brown, BB King, Muddy Waters, Little Charlie & the Nightcats

Favorite spot?
Up north, Boyne City, MI
Southern MI, Grand Rapids, MI

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