2019 Musical talent
Born St. Louis, Mo, Marquise hails from a musical family deeply rooted in the Blues. He learned how to play guitar from his grandmother Lillie. He also played with his uncle Clifford, who was a major influence in Marquise's life. For Marquise, Blues is his heritage and way of life. He spent his early teenage years in St. Louis mentoring under the late great Blues legend, N.E.A. (National Endowment of the Arts) Heritage Fellowship recipient and Grammy Award winner Henry James Townsend. Marquise's talents have earned him performing rights with some of America’s most notable blues performers such as blues legends B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins and David “Honeyboy” Edwards (the latter two also N.E.A. Heritage Fellows). He has also performed at dozens of festivals, and has toured all throughout Europe.
During a visit to Clarksdale, Mississippi, Marquise was introduced to Sam Lay. Like other statesmen of the Blues, Sam took an immediate liking to Marquise and took it upon himself to help give Marquise's career a boost by insisting that Chad Kassem bring Marquise to the celebrated Blues series "Blues Masters at the Crossroads," which has showcased a virtual who's-who of the Blues at Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. Marquise was an immediate crowd favorite, and was adopted by all of the elders of the Blues in attendance that year. His obvious talent along with his deep knowledge of the Blues and vast respect for his elders made it clear Marquise had something special.
Knox’s debut album MANCHILD was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut. The album was recorded when he was 16 with world renowned guitarist Michael Burks and his band. The release received worldwide acclaim, including Living Blues' Best Debut Artist Award and a Blues Music Award nomination for Best Debut Artist. Marquise then recorded a direct-to-disc album while in town for the next year's Crossroads. Marquise released his second album, Here I Am, once again recorded at the legendary Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. Nine originals, and three reverent covers of Marquise’s favorite Muddy Waters tunes .
In 2017 Marquise formed his own independent label Knox Entertainment and released his first self produced album Black & Blue Live!
Check out his music: https://marquiseknoxblues.com/videos
Miss Jubilee has been entertaining audiences in St. Louis and beyond since 2007. Led by powerhouse vocalist Valerie Kirchhoff, Miss Jubilee plays an energetic blend of Hot Jazz, Hokum, and Low-Down Blues from the 1920s and 30s. Their one-of-kind repertoire draws heavily from the bluesy and swingin’ sounds of St. Louis and Chicago’s south side. Fueled by a hard driving rhythm section and gutbucket horns, Miss Jubilee is a favorite for fans of all ages.
Since its formation, Miss Jubilee’s reputation has grown to make her one of the most sought after and recognizable singers in St. Louis and the greater region. The band has performed throughout the country, and are a fixture at local festivals and summer concert series. You can hear them most every Wednesday at Schlafly Bottleworks and every Sunday brunch at Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House. They also perform regularly at Casa Loma Ballroom.
Check 'em out: https://miss-jubilee.com/music/
Ms. Hy-C and Fresh Start
Ms. Hy-C & Fresh Start, led by Saint Louis born, Jacinta Branch-Griffin, exudes a high-energy, soulful, blues entertainment experience with powerful vocals that gets the crowd up on their feet dancing. With a rich history connecting back to Mississippi born Blues legends and pioneers of Rock and Roll such as Chuck Berry, Albert King, Johnnie Johnson, Barbara Carr, Jerry and the Soulful Fly, Buddy Eights, Ike Turner, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters. This well seasoned band encompasses Chicago blues, Rhythm and Soul Blues. Ms. Hy-C & Fresh Start are Foyo Entertainment’s 2016 Best Blues Band winners. St. Louis Blues Society's Road to Memphis Winner and First Place Band Winner of the 2019 International Blues Challenge. Their latest single, I’m Going to Memphis, shows their love of the “Real Blues” and determination to follow their dreams.