CARLY HARVEY BAND
Based out of Washington, DC, Carly Harvey combines Blues, Jazz, Soul and Americana roots styles to create a unique sound that calls to mind Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, and Nina Simone, with a little Ella Fitzgerald thrown in for good measure. In July 2018, Carly was featured in Big City Blues Magazine as one of the youngest Blues artists to watch. She has had the privilege of sharing the stage with iconic musicians including Annika Chambers, Ron Holloway, Kebbie Williams, Ephraim Owens, Cory Henry, Kofi Burbridge, Junior Marvin, and Susan Tedeschi - an artist whose work has been foundational to her musical evolution.
Carly is a two-time D.C. Blues Society Battle of the Bands Winner (Duo - 2016, Band - 2018) and was proclaimed D.C.'s Queen of the Blues in 2016 by Dr. Nick Johnson of WPFW Radio. Her band, Kiss & Ride represented Washington D.C. in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January of 2019 where they advanced to the semi-finals. That same year, Carly released a new EP titled Kiss & Ride: Vol. 1, and the hit single, "She Ain't Me" is now charting on regional blues radio stations. She was shortly after voted 2nd place for Best Performance Artist in Washington City Paper's " Best of D.C. 2019". In 2021, Carly was nominated 7 times and won the WAMMIE award for Best Blues Artist/Band.
International crossover album titled Among The Stars and an EP titled Y.A.M.W.A.O. with Italian producer/composer Taste of Dream is an additional project that has allowed Carly to explore an element of her musicianship beyond the Blues.
Carly is a Tsalagi and Tuscarora descendant and it is her belief that Blues not only comes from the African American experience but is actually directly influenced by Indigenous American Minor Pentatonic Melodies and Stomp Dance Songs. She occasionally offers master classes to educate people about the music that gives her so much pride in her Afro-Indigenous heritage.
Find out more on her website
MAYKA EDJOLE BAND
María del Carmen Edjo Leorza is a singer, composer and DJ. She began her musical career in the group Abadìe 500 Blues Band in 1991. After studying Philology and Teaching, she decided to dedicate herself professionally to music in 1997. Mayka has been part or numerous bands and choirs, as well as performing as backing vocalist for artists such as Sergio Dalma, La Cabra Mecànica, Coque Malla, Enrique Morente, Burning, Julian Maeso and Pitingo. From 2005 to 2015 she was the voice of the soul-funk band The Sweet Vandals with whom she has composed and performed four albums and toured around the world.
She has participated in great national and international Jazz Festivals, including Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Sakifo Festival(Reunion), Ollin Kan (Mexico), Blue Note(France), WOMAD (UK and Spain). Mayka is also a singing teacher at ESMUVA (Vallecas School of Music), directs the Vallecas Modern Choir workshop and since 2017 she has directed the Gloria Fuertes Equality Space Choir workshop in the Vicàlvaro neighbourhood.
Mayka has become a member of the ESBF family, the event just wouldn't be the same without her infectious energy!
MARTÍN BURGUEZ BAND
Guitarist, singer, composer and producer. Martín develops his style as he gets immersed in some of the greatest blues referents such as T-Bone Walker, BB King, Pee Wee Crayton and Freddie King, as well as in West Coast and Jump Blues, being greatly influenced by Jazz, Swing and Rhythm & Blues from the 40s and 50s.
Through his career, Martín Burguez has released 3 albums of his own, and has worked and performed with some influential American musicians. He has also toured different European cities and Latin America.
He captivates his audience with his strident chords and creative guitar solos, as well as through the personality in his singing, sophisticated arrangements and his spirited
performance throughout. Martín Burguez puts on a show that reminds us of his influences, with a personal and unique style.
Martín drove the dance floor wild at ESBF 2023 and we can't wait to have him back!