Performers

The Band:

Eef

Eef, guitar & vocals:
Eef, the-tall-Dutch-girl-with-the-red-guitar, seamlessly blends what is now considered traditional blues with funky and contemporary riffs, creating her own soulful Eef-style. Her fans, who reside on both sides of ‘the pond’, love her tasty guitar play, sultry voice and great stage appearance. She has self-produced three albums that get airplay across the US as well as in France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Argentina and Australia. Occasionally she tours Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and The Netherlands. Eef has appeared three times on legendary Sunshine Sonny Payne’s “King Biscuit” radio show and has shared the stage with many great musicians including Ana Popovic, Mike Zito and Eden Brent. With her band Eef and the Blues Express she has opened for Coco Montoya, Tinsley Ellis, Deanna Bogart, Trampled Under Foot and Bernard Allison.

Jodie Woodward

Jodie Woodward, bass:
Jodie Woodward is the winner of Colorado Blues Society’s ‘Best Bass Player of 2012 & 2013′.  A vivacious and talented bass player who tours internationally… and Texas.  She currently plays her own groovy style of bass with Erik Boa & the Constrictors as well as Allen Knight & Company.  Jodie is the heart and brains behind the ‘Women Rock the Night’ event, since 2004.  The event was created to highlight the great female instrumentalists in the Front Range Area.  The event began at Ziggie’s in Denver and has been transformed into a community of supportive and vibrant women.  The event was called Female All-Star Revue for a few years and has now returned to its roots as “Women Rock the Night”.

Deanna SaulsburyDeanna Saulsbury, drums:
Originally from the East coast, Deanna (D) has always known that she can keep a beat on the drums.  In her late 20’s she felt the need to find a band and keep that beat.  After moving to Colorado, she has had success in a couple local bands playing primarily funk and hip hop and is currently playing in the very eclectic music scene around Denver. Regardless of whom she is playing with, you’ll typically find her swinging her head back and forth, keeping the groove and having fun with a huge smile on her face.

 

The Vocalists:

G'Jai

G’Jai:
G’Jai (Gee-Jay) is a blues vocal dynamo coming out of the Motor City.  She has a vocal style that is just simply put…Blues! She’s no cookie cutter, copy-cat artist and there’s nothing fabricated or fake about her presence or vocal style. What you hear from her is powerful, emotionally charged blues. You hear it in each note and can feel it at every performance.  She’s serving you the blues with a whole lotta Soul and Sass!

JillWatkinsMichko

Jill Watkins Michko:
Lead vocalist, Jill Watkins Michko is a powerful singer and an entertaining performer. Her soul-grinding blues style and passion for performing have made her a Colorado favorite for years.
Jill grew up singing in an award-winning church choir. She was approached in her twenties to be the back-up singer with Blue Fish Jam, but was better equipped to be the lead singer. She moved to the front of the stage with Buckethead Dog.  She grew [BOOOOOOOOBS] to lead her own band, “The Jill Watkins Band”.  Then mastered the art of fronting big bands playing with “George Whitesell and His All-Stars Featuring Jill Watkins” and “Jockamo“. Jill brings a playfulness and joyful energy to all her performances on stage.

Kerry Pastine

Kerry Pastine:
Kerry Pastine has been hitting the stage for almost 20 years, tapping into all styles of retro music while putting her own twist of modern soul, blues and rock and roll on everything that she sings. A rocker at heart, whenever Kerry takes the stage she’s on a rampage. After seeing an impassioned show with The Informants, Scene Magazine described her performance, “Pastine burns and soars, her voice taking center stage to sell her anguish with total sincerity.”
Blues Revue Magazine said, “Singer Kerry Pastine is terrific – gutsy without shouting, with a smoky timbre.”

Jessica Rogalski

Jessica Rogalski:
Jessica Rogalski is the front woman for local R&B favorite Mojomama. She has co-written all three original albums and continues to create new music with her husband, bassist Paul Rogalski. Jessica’s style reflects her passion for music and reveals her influences of soul, blues, and rock. Jessica is also a highly respected voice instructor and business owner of Mojo’s Music Academy. Jessica consistently sings from her heart blowing audiences away with her power, emotional prowess and vocal skills.

Gretchen Troop

Gretchen Troop:
Gretchen Troop is a soul~funk~blues~jazz singer. She started her singing career in New York City, then found her niche in San Francisco where she played all original soul~funk music in the band Sideways.  She is a unique and gifted singer that always puts it all on the table, with a voice that is soulful, rich and emotional.  Since she moved to Colorado in 2003 she has led two bands, The Shamans, and her own band, the Gretchen Troop Band.  Both of these bands combine her unique arrangements of blues, jazz, funk & soul standards and her own artistic originals.  With 25 years of professional experience she is a seasoned performer who delivers a dynamic, funky and professional performance.

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