Do you remember American Wallace Coleman's great show? That was November 2017, already a while ago, and was accompanied by this fantastic band from their own ranks. They are titans from the Dutch blues scene and we are happy that, after the initial date had to be postponed due to the pandemic, they are now on our stage.
It is every young musician's dream to go to America, meet your idols and play your favorite music together on stage. Using a fake passport to get around the age limit in the clubs and being called Little Boogie Boy by the artists. This is the story of singer/guitarist Hein Meijer, who traveled to blues mecca Chicago in 1992 and earned his nickname for his youthful, cheerful and enthusiastic appearance.
“Music brings me a lot of joy, so I always stand on stage with a big smile. Since the audience is invariably "happy" by our music, we exchange this positive energy with each other. One thing reinforces the other, that's Happy Blues!”, says Hein. Bassist Jan den Boer is enjoying himself, not a thousand and one notes; have fun playing and letting go. Bert Fonderie sits behind his drum kit, spontaneously sings along a few sentences and encourages Hein to go the extra mile during a guitar solo.
Chicago and Mississippi blues, juicy soul ballads, swinging shuffles, funky New Orleans swamp are some of the styles that are presented. There is no set list, the reactions of the audience determine the direction of the repertoire. Every night is different….
Little Boogie Boy has been nominated three times for the Dutch Blues Awards, in the categories best guitarist and best vocalist. He shared the stage with American artists such as Magic Slim, T-Model Ford and Sam Carr, accompanied the band among others John Primer, Nick Holt, Mojo Buford, Tail Dragger, Harmonica Shah, RJ Mischo, Wallace Coleman and was the first Dutchman to at the famed King Biscuit Festival in Helena, Arkansas. Chicago bluesman Nick Holt once made the comment; "Hey Little Boogie Boy, that smile is goin' to take you a long way".