Johnny Fink and The Intrusion used to be known as the “Best Kept Secret in the Midwest Blues Scene” among local blues and classic rock enthusiasts.
That was until they won the 2015 Cincy Blues society band challenge....and the made the semi-finals in the 2016 IBC in Memphis Tn. They were also finalists in the 2015 CEA entertainment awards for "best blues band". Then Johnny himself won the 2016 Cincy Blues challenge in the "solo" category....and to top it all off, the band won the 2016 Dayton Ohio blues challenge.
The band placed in the top 8 (of the world) in the 2017IBC Finals.The secret is definitely out....
If you ever happen to ask someone who’s seen the band play, you’ll likely hear of true musicianship and one helluva good time.
The band was formed in the winter of ’92 originally going with the name “The Blue Intrusions” with real-life guitar hero Johnny Fink pulling together a powerful 4-piece lineup of talented pro players through a diverse blues spectrum. They covered a wide range of blues, tapping the soul of the music from well know legendary blues artists. Jammin’ everything from the Allman Brothers to Buddy Guy, then swinging from Albert Collins to Lonnie Mack.
After two years of the band performing and crowd pleasing at well known local establishments like; the Local 1207, Allyn’s Cafe, Mansion Hill, Lucille’s, Burbank’s, several popular Foley’s locations… Johnny took over the reins. He led the band into a new era as a tighter three-piece blues unit.
The band sports over 35 years of overall professional musical experience, and each member shares an equal passion for old school classic rock and blues. Once you hear them simply open on a song, it becomes quite obvious that the band has talent, and true professional showmanship. Every classic rock and blues enthusiast around now knows where “the real deal” offers up a great show.
Over the years The Intrusion has evolved and changed up like any band, which is inevitably par for the course. Fortunately and rare in the industry, the band has never experienced any dramatic road bumps or “breakups” throughout the years. No bridges were ever burned, no friends were ever lost, and they never skipped a beat. In ’05 they brought on the talented drummer Doug Moore, then in the fall of ’07 long time friend and too-cool bass guitarist Matt Newman joined. They are always around somewhere, rockin’ the scene at blues festivals, events/venues, and popular establishments throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.
Their original music contains true conviction and passion often missing from others in the genre. And don’t be shy about walking up too request your favorite classic rock song, or memorable blues tune – they know them all..
Check out their upcoming gigs, then drop on by sometime too see for yourself why they are no longer called the best kept secret but rather "one of the best" in todays contemporary blues scene.
The Doug Hart Band has been a major force in the southwest Ohio blues scene for several years. Doug constantly strives to put forth the best product and deliver the best show possible. The band incorporates free form, yet controlled versions of many blues standards along with the blending of Doug’s blues and rock influences to form creative original compositions.
Having played several major festivals and as winners of the 2013 Dayton Blues Challenge, 2014 Black Swamp Blues Challenge, several 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the Cincinnati and Columbus Blues Challenges and semifinalists in the 2013 & 2014 International Blues Challenge, they have proven over and over they can take the stage with anyone.
He has enlisted the veteran talents of bassist Mike Hausfeld and drummer Oscar Bernal to complete his band. Together, they never fail to amaze their audience with the soul and passion of their performance… The Doug Hart Band will definitely leave you wanting more.
Since 2010, the award winning international couple, Jennifer Milligan and Pascal Fouquet, have been writing and touring together around the globe. Touching and refreshing with bite and humor, their original songs come from their love for those old jazzy blues and post-war rhythm & blues. They’re warm and inviting and their music is inspired and innovative. Backed by a deep in the pocket rhythm section, blues with a spirit full of hope and joy may inspire you to get up and boogie!
“ … diva voice that walks voluptuously from Bessie Smith to Janis Joplin crossing without a hitch tonalities and eras always sounding the most sincere and accurate possible.” Fred Delforge, France Blues Association
A multi-talented veteran of the stage, from Westerville, OH, USA, her 30+yr professional career has been diverse as an actor, dancer & singer/songwriter who has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands internationally on stage, screen and recording. Her magnetic presence, exuberant energy and genuine smile bring a warm authentic charm to the blues scene. With her bed as a stage and hairbrush for microphone, she started singing at the age of 6 accompanied by her motherʼs 45s on her Mickey Mouse turntable. By the age of 11 her bed was replaced by a stage and by 22 she was touring the country as the lead in the National tour of Hair. The blue notes have called to her all her life and since 2010 she’s been listening. She speaks and writes from her heart, direct and unafraid to sing of what makes her soul burn.
“I recently had the pleasure of producing Lil Red & The Rooster’s Soul Burnin’ album and was so impressed with Pascal Fouquet’s excellent guitar playing. He’s a serious and dedicated musician with a great sense of style and most importantly, a truly original voice on his instrument. He’s one of the best European blues guitar players I’ve heard.” Dave Specter
This blues man got his start playing classical guitar at the age of 11 on a farm in Normandy, France. Five years later when BB Kingʼs “Blues Is King” reached his ears, his focus changed to Blues, from there he became one of the most admired Blues guitarists in France. This extraordinary soloist integrates the Blues of the 40’s & 50’s with contemporary blues to create his own unique sound and style. In his 40+ year career, he has won several awards for best soloist. He’s shared the stage with many recognized Blues artists including Diunna Greenleaf, Sax Gordon, Sean Costello, Alex Schultz, Kid Ramos, Jimmy Morello, Mike Sanchez, Andy J. Forest, Michael “Hawkeye” Herman, Rob Rio, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Candye Kane, Fernando Jones, Ricky Nye, & Steve Clayton. He remains ever true to the Blues and his favorite guitar masters, T-Bone Walker, Tiny Grimes, & Charlie Christian.
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