, dubbed the "QUEEN OF STEAM" for her stirring vocals and electrifying stage presence, does indeed command attention. Often described as "Janis Joplin meets Bonnie Raitt" (or think Lydia Pense, Bonnie Bramlett, Bette Midler, Etta James, Aretha Franklin!), Michele is a powerful, soulful vocalist with an incomparable style all her own.She and her band effortlessly blend classic roadhouse rhythm & blues, jump swing, Memphis groove, sultry jazz and funky soul into a satisfying musical stew. An established, popular and respected veteran of the club, concert and festival circuit in both Northern Nevada and Southern California,
Michele has shared stages with dozens of nationally known blues and roots artists from John Lee Hooker to Elvin Bishop and Savoy Brown to Queen Ida while gaining a reputation as a talented headliner in her own right.
Michele's love for music not only exudes on stage, but compliments her strong belief that music can have a dynamic impact on people's lives. As a editor/publisher of monthly blues society & guitar junky
newsletters for over a decade, founding editor for the internationally distributed Blues Festival Guide (BFG) recipient of the Blues Foundation's 2006 "Keeping The Blues Alive" award for Print Media, and current weekly BFG e-Guide editor, Michele helps to promote, educate and inform readers
about the history, tradition, and current happenings in the world of music.
In her homebase of San Diego she's involved as one of the leaders in the Blues Lovers United of San Diego (BLUSD) "Blues in the Schools" workshop programs providing live musical instructional and historical views into the blues as an American art form. She's appeared in a documentary segment on San Diego CH 4 TV "Insider" and is featured in a San Diego Dept. of Education film short.
Michele is also the vocal instructor and program assistant for BLUSD's annual Blues Summer Camp and is musical staff member at the Carlsbad Flower Fields Kids program providing an interactive music program to 100's of children a day in the Spring.
OMD - ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK
1055 5th Avenue, San DiegoMarch 31st
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD)
are an English electronic music band formed in Wirral, Merseyside in 1978. Spawned by earlier group The Id, the outfit is composed of co-founders Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar
) and Paul Humphreys (MIDI keyboards
, vocals), along with Martin Cooper (various instruments) and Stuart Kershaw (drums); McCluskey is the only constant member. OMD released their influential debut single, "Electricity", in 1979, and gained popularity throughout Europe with the 1980 anti-war song "Enola Gay". The band achieved broader recognition via their album Architecture & Morality (1981) and its three singles,
all of which were international hits.