Performing Artist- Music Historian Blues Hall of Fame Ambassador National Heritage Foundation at Performing Arts
Friday February 14th, Blues Festival Meet and Greet
Saturday February 15, Blues Festival Main Event
Leon’s musical focus is foot tapping, hand clapping – ‘Simply Good Music’, based in the Acoustic Rock & Blues format. Modern styles meet Delta Blues, Country, Country blues, and Americana Roots Music.
He was Inducted into The National Heritage Foundation Blues Hall of Fame in 2011 as Ambassador & Performing artist.
Leon was selected to represent Arizona at the world famous International Blues Competition in Memphis, in 2013, he was the solo/duo winner of the Arizona Blues Showdown from the Blues society in both 2013 and 2012 as a duo competing in the full band format as well!
Winner of the Telluride Acoustic Blues competition, The San Diego Acoustic artist performer competition.
His music has been featured at renown venues and events across the nation and abroad… the Music Instrument Museum, the Phoenix Theater, Sturgis Bike Week, Telluride Blues Festival, You Bloom Music Ireland, Glendale Jazz and Blues, a multi-year feature at the Chandler Ostrich Festival, resorts and clubs nationally and abroad.
Leon shows an adept talent over a true variety of genre, uncommon in most artists today.
Leon has been “Educating” audiences while keeping this unique art of Acoustic based Roots Blues/folk music inherited from the West African influence alive and well. ‘Connecting the dots’ as to how it has evolved over the decades to be the American Modern Music we hear today. Traversing thru muddy waters, Leon’s notable style influence flows from the Delta. Acknowledged as a Music Historian and exceptional presenter, Leon has a passion for rhythmic interpretation and the stories behind it, in all of his music. His captivating live performances highlight his vocal and musical talent, and musical styles true to the original formats of the early Juke Joint’s on the plantations as featured traveling artists would bring a variety of influence and style to each show.
Leon has honed his art of performance of the early Delta Blues, & Country Blues masters, with the specific influence of Eddie ‘Son’ House The great Delta Musical Icon and Leon’s favorite character from that era. Passionate vocals, rhythm, and a powerful delivery are synonymous in both men’s musical style.
Leon’s Solo/duo and full band productions are a perfect fit for Corporate event special entertainment, Resorts, Private club member entertainment and clubs and venues.
In 2015 Leon began performing his full multi-media live production ‘The Americana Crossroads Music Review’. Featuring in resorts, casinos, concert halls, dinner theaters, private clubs and special events.