A guitar-player’s guitar player, Mark Miller knows how to fill a room with heart and soul, no matter what its size — from small hip clubs to festivals such as the North Atlantic Blues Festival.
His accomplishments include opening for national acts, including B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Taj Mahal, Pat Travers, Waylon Jennings, Jonathan Edwards, Peter Wolf and others. He’s played onstage with Johnny Rawls, Jimmy Johnson, James Montgomery, Debbie Davies, Buddy Spicher, Jimmy Day, Dick Curless. Mark performed with Brad Delp at the Boston Music Awards, with Brad’s band – whom he worked with on Brad’s solo project for 3 years. Mark was also the winner of the 1989 Lenny Breau Memorial Trophy – handed to him by Lenny’s mother. This was Mark’s most proud moment.
Between 1995 and 2000, he was featured on the cover of Face Magazine twice, as well as in articles in the Maine Times, Lewiston SunJournal, Bangor Daily News, and many other publications throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The year 2000 he released his first CD, Naked Soul, consisting of original music and lyrics. Right after that he landed 2 record companies – one called Tantara Records, which released a couple of his songs in Europe (where Mark’s CD ranked 47 in the Belgium radio market on their American Music Top 50). The other, Jetspeed, in Hollywood, CA – where Mark went to start recording a new CD.
Then, in 2004, he played on the same billing as Johnny Hiland at the L/A Guitar Arts Festival. Mark has performed for the Governor of Maine on numerous occasions, starting in 2002 when he was hired to play at the governor’s first and later the second inaugural ball. Since then, he was invited to the governor’s mansion for a special performance, and has performed monthly at the governor’s family restaurant.
In June of 2006, Mark was nominated by Maine Governor John Baldacci to serve a three-year term on the Maine Arts Commission. Mark brings to the Maine Arts Commission a much-needed blue collar working musician perspective.
Mark is legendary, in that any true legend is really based on fact, and passed from person to person by word of mouth – over the years. Mark has made his name as the best of blues guitarists in the state of Maine through persistent travel, dedication to his craft, and his love of the Northeast.
Bradenton’s Gumbo Boogie Band, founded in 1996, brings the good-time roots sound, with an emphasis on zydeco and swamp-rock. Hard rockin’ Cajun and Louisianna fun delivered by the tub is what you get from these great gumbo eatin’ crawdad cooking players from Florida’s Gulf Coast. If your party’s all about lighthearted fun and hardcore dancing then The Gumbo Boogie band is the perfect match for you