Mike Sings and Plays Traditional Bluegrass Flatpicking Folk Rock Classic Country and Jazz Guitar
Original and traditional bluegrass flatpicking guitar, folk, classic rock, jazz.
From his roots in bluegrass music and playing traditional fiddle tunes on guitar Mike continues to keep the tradition alive with these great acts. Featuring traditional bluegrass, fiddle tunes, classic country, humor, and outstanding original material these concerts have something for everyone.
For some examples of this type of music, here is a sample of songs that he recorded over the years, some traditional bluegrass (Wild Bill Jones, Beaumont Rag), and some original bluegrass flavored songs (Zachs Blues and Stutterin Preacher).
- Wild Bill Jones
- Beaumont Rag
- Zachs Blues
- Santa Fe Railroad Line
- Demo Mix I
- Duo Demo Mix II
- New Ebeneezer Scrooge
A Winfield, Kansas, National Flatpicking Championship trophy winner, taking third place honors in 1995, his column Mastering the Fingerboard was featured along with the recording of the column on CD in nearly every issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.
Well known in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West, Mike has played mountain bars, concert halls, and folk festivals in Colorado and around the United States.
Now performing with multiple combinations as a solo, in the Mike and Bertye Maddux duo, with his bluegrass progressive psychojamgrass act the Headliners, and featuring his bebop jazz quartet the MMJQ. Previous acts include the award winning Best in the Rocky Mountain West traditional bluegrass bands Heartland, Full Moon Rising, the Bertye Maddux Band, and the Colorado Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band.
Credits include concert performances with Gary Cook, Steve Kaufman, Pete Wernick, and the current band personnel including with the Headliners Bertye Maddux on bass, old time fiddle national champion Jimmy Christian on fiddle, and with the MMJQ on sax Sam Milazzo, bass John Bryne, Frank Sanchez, or Mike Vunovich, and percussion Bobby McGuffin, Scott Barbier, and John Zurek share the duty.
Mike and the HEADLINERS
Featured at festivals and concerts the Headliners play regularly as a trio.
Original and traditional music from roots in classic rock, bluegrass, jazz, and great instrumentals the Headliners can be heard every other last Friday of the month at Rico's Cafe in downtown Colorado Springs. Check the concert schedule below for recent updates to their performances!
Bertye Maddux on bass and vocals.
Music in the blood Bertye is a third generation old time and country musician. On bass she provides the solid foundation for the band.
Mike Maddux on Guitar and vocals
Recording artist, author, instructor, songwriter, guitarists and vocalist, Mike is a National Flatpicking Championship trophy winner, taking third place honors in 1995. His column Mastering the Fingerboard was featured along with the recording in nearly every issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.
Jim Christian on Fiddle and Vocals
Winning the National Old-Time Fiddle contest twice Jimmy brings a fantastic fiddle sound to the band.
The Duo - Mike and Bertye Maddux
Mike Maddux on guitar and vocals
With the duo Mike and Bertye play songs from flatpicking sources like Norman Blake, Tony Rice, Doc Watson, along with original and traditional fiddle tunes, bluegrass, classic country, classic rock, and more!
Bertye Maddux on bass and vocals.
One of the top musicians in bluegrass, country, classic rock and more. Bertye provides the solid foundation for the show on bass and harmony vocals.
Mike Maddux Jazz Quartet - MMJQ
Mike began playing jazz at an early age on trumpet and developed a deep respect and love for the music. This quartet features his guitar jazz chops along with saxophone, bass, and drums, for a traditional jazz ensemble that features songs from Charlie Parker (aka Bird), John Coletrane, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, original jazz and much more.
The MMJQ is featured at least once a month at Cucuru in Colorado Springs - put the last Saturday of the month on your calendar and check the concert schedule below for updates.
Mike Maddux Guitar /Vocals
On the jazz guitar Mike enjoys keeping the mainstream sounds alive.
Sam Milazzo saxophones
Leader and lead alto for the Wednesday night Big Band in the Springs, Sam brings his unique interpretation to the show and always with plenty of humorous insight.
John Byrne on bass
Always in demand as a regular session player, John Bryne has been playing with the band for half dozen years. His final concert will be 18th May with the MMJQ before he takes on new responsibilities in the east.
Angus Foster on bass
Angus Foster has played classical, bluegrass, and jazz with orchestras including the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Colorado Springs Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, the Pueblo Symphony, and the radio program Prarie Home Companion
Frank Sanchez on bass
Frank Sanchez is a journeyman bassist who enjoys playing all styles of music. Originally from Los Angeles he brings over 50 years of experience to the bandstand.
Mike Vunovich on bass
Mike Vunovich is a native of Colorado. He began playing jazz with the MMJQ off and on as early as 2012. After finishing a degree in music he plays regularly with the Pueblo symphony as well as other acts in the area.
Bobby McGuffin percussion
Well known in Colorado and Tennessee, Bobby McGuffin is one of the mainstays for the music and recording scene.
Scott Barbier percussion
Long time artist and session player, Scott Barbier is always a welcome addition to the show.
John Zurek percussion
Recent addition to the group, John Zuerk has played with the MMJQ off and on as early as 2017.
Remember to put these dates on your calendar!
- May - Upcoming ConcertsRico's on Friday 24th May, 2019 at 7:00. Don't miss it! 3
- June Concerts 1
- July Concerts 2
- August Upcoming Schedule TBD
- September Upcoming Schedule TBD
- October 2
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