Meet Shaun Booker, a renowned international artist whose known for her unique sound and captivating performances. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Shaun developed a love for music at a young age and started singing in her Grandfather's church.
Shaun Booker's career in music began when she released Upstairs Downstairs in 1998. Since then, Shaun has released multiple albums, including Shaun Booker Live at Last @ the Alrosa Villa, Shaun Booker Live in Marietta at The Lafayette Hotel, Blue Plate Special and Angry Blues, each showcasing her unique style and evolution as an artist.
Shaun has toured extensively throughout Europe and South America, performing at major venues and festivals. Her electrifying performances have earned her a dedicated fanbase and critical acclaim, with music transcending language and cultural barriers.
In addition, Shaun is known for her philanthropic efforts and advocacy work, using her platform to raise awareness and support for important issues.
With her unmistakable talent and dedication to her craft, Shaun continues to make an impact on the international music scene and inspire fans around the world.
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Hailing from the spirited streets of Youngstown, Ohio, Vernett Seay Jr., affectionately known as Vern, emerged as a musical prodigy from an early age. Born and raised on the Southside, Vern's journey into the world of music ignited at the tender age of 13, a spark that would soon blaze into a resplendent career adorned with accolades.
Vern's musical odyssey began with a piano in his aunt's living room, where his youthful fervor found its outlet. A guitar soon joined the ensemble, a gift that sparked an unwavering commitment to perfecting his craft. Guided by lessons and fueled by an insatiable passion, Vern's relentless practice laid the foundation for his future triumphs.
As the years progressed, Vern ventured to Chicago, where he embarked on a decade-long partnership with Ludwig/Musser Industries. Here, he skillfully crafted Marimbas, xylophones, church chimes, and orchestra bells, honing his talents into an art form. His dedication caught the attention of the musical world when he personally created Marimbas for the legendary American vibraphonist, Lionel Hampton. For six transformative years, Vern's hands fashioned instruments that harmonized with Hampton's mesmerizing melodies, solidifying his reputation as a master artisan.
Yet Vern's journey didn't stop at crafting instruments; it extended onto the stage.
He shared his musical prowess as an opening act for acclaimed artists like Blood Stone, Ohio Players, War, and Grover Washington. Each performance was a testament to Vern's ability to captivate audiences and set the stage ablaze with his magnetic energy.
Vern's life story beautifully illustrates the fusion of craftsmanship and musical artistry.
Born in Columbus, Ohio James Daniels’ musical journey began at age 3 when he discovered his mother's Moog Synthesizer. A gifted self-taught musician, at 13 he discovered his passion through an MIDI sequencer given by his mother Mary Daniels locally known as Jazz Mary. Influenced by his mother's guidance and inspired by legends like James Brown and Jimi Hendrix, James joined his first band, Argyle Jones, in high school.
His musical evolution continued with the Quanah Parker Band from 1996 to 2006 and Soul Kitchen from 1996 to 2022. Jame's genre-defying style and dedication left an indelible mark on every stage he graced. His harmonious artistry, fueled by deep love for music, reverberates through time, showcasing his journey from a curious child to a respected musical virtuoso.
From Cleveland's Slavic village, Billy Zehnal's musical journey ignited during his teens. Inspired by the greats such as B.B. King, Koko Taylor and Muddy Waters, a fan of music but it wasn't until his senior year in high school that he really got fueled by the music of Led Zeppelin that forever changed his trajectory.
It was in college, Billy's passion for music blossomed as he immersed himself in his friends' band rehearsals, marking a turning point in his life. A serendipitous moment thrust him onto the stage, where his spontaneous bass performance during a U2 cover changed his life. The next day he went out and bought a bass guitar and the rest is history as they say.
Billy's Collaborations include playing with Playhouse and Angela Perley showcasing his versatility and artistry, leaving an indelible mark on the music scene locally and across the country.
In November of 2021, two incredibly talented minds converged to envision a band's rebirth post-COVID. Their aspirations crystallized, culminating in the birth of the iconic Shaun Booker Dammit Band in March 2022.
Meet Ronal E. Henderson, affectionately known as "Hendu" among friends. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Hendu's journey from a self-taught musician to an essential figure in the music scene is an inspiring testament to his unwavering dedication.
After graduating high school at 16 and serving in the US Marine Corps, Hendu's pivotal moment arrived when he stumbled upon a $90 guitar in a Ben Franklin store in Guam . This marked the beginning of his self-guided musical education.
Following a distinguished 25-year career as a Medicare auditor, Hendu embraced his true calling. His rhythmic journey led him to collaborate with renowned acts like the Shaun Booker Dammit Band, the KoKo Taylor Show, and Arnett Howard's Football Friday Night
for an impressive 17 years. Notably, he now holds the drumsticks for Lakeside, celebrated for their hit "Fantastic Voyage."
Hendu's story reminds us that music knows no boundaries, and passion coupled with dedication can create an extraordinary legacy. From a $90 guitar to sharing stages with legends, his journey resonates as a testament to the enduring power of artistic pursuit.
Meet Nick Dzuban. Born and raised in Delaware, Ohio. Nick Dzuban the youngest of five siblings, discovered his lifelong love for music at an early age. Nick's journey into the blues began at 8 when he joined 4-H and attended the annual Hog Roast, leading them to the BB King Blues Festival.
This festival was the catalyst for Nick's deep connection to the blues. Inspired and determined, he picked up the guitar at 8 and have since shared the stage with various talented musicians, amassing a trove of memorable live performances and recording experiences.
Today, Nick is a proud resident of Athens, Ohio, contributing to the local music scene by performing around 50 shows annually, collaborating with diverse groups and artists.
KoKo Taylor, B.B. King, Robert Lockwood Jr., Carl Weathersby, Midnight Star
She has presented awards to: Millie Jackson and Freda Payne
Duvel Blues Festival Belgium
Breda Jazz Festival Netherlands
Hamburg Blues Festival Germany
Colombia Blues Fest Colombia
Gastroblues Festival Hungary
Lam' Du Blues Festival France
Bay Car Blues Festival France
Key Blues Festival Key West
Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival Ohio
Hot Lick Blues Festival Ohio
Dayton Blues Festival Ohio
Charlie West Blues Festival W. Virginia
Comfest Festival Ohio
Hot Times Festival Ohio
Mid Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival W. Virginia
Brews and Blues Festival Ohio
Ohio Brew Week Festival Ohio
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Lil Red & The Rooster and Austin Johnson
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