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2017 IMC BLUES AWARD - April 23, 2017

WE JUST WON THE INDE MUSIC CHANNEL 2017 AWARD FOR BEST BLUES RECORDING IN HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA

BLUES FOR PEACE - December 3, 2015

A world wide "Blues For Peace" event will take place in cities all over the world on May 27,28,29,30 in 2016. My answer to the world. Change through music...Let's do this!

BLUES AWARD - November 12, 2015

?Yo Staten Island" has won the Big City Rhythm and Blues magazines 2015 coolest song of the year award!

THE NEW SINGLE "YO STATEN ISLAND" - July 22, 2015

"YO STATEN ISLAND" BY THE MICHAEL PACKER BLUES BAND IS AN ADAPTATION OFTHE SONG "BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN" WRITTEN BY BOOKER T.JONES AND WILLIAM BELL (COTILLION,WARNER CHAPPEL, UNIVERSAL PUBLISHING) AND HAS BEEN RELEASED COURTESY OF UNIR1 RECORDS

AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION AWARDS - March 28, 2015

MICHAEL PACKER'S I AM THE BLUES MY STORY CD VOLUME 1 & 2 NOMINATED FOR CONSIDERATON FOR BEST ALBUM AND ARTIST AMERICANA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE.

TOP BLUES-ROCK ALBUM iTUNES CHARTS - February 27, 2015

MICHAEL PACKER CD "I AM THE BLUES - MY STORY" RANKED #121 FOR TOP BLUES-ROCK ALBUM ON THE iTUNES CHARTS.

2015 GRAMMY AWARDS - July 4, 2014

THE I AM THE BLUES MY STORY CD VOLUME 1 & 2 IS ON THE BALLOT FOR THE 57TH GRAMMY AWARDS!

2014 INDIE MUSIC CHANNEL AWARDS - March 24, 2014

Michael Packer received three nominations @ the 2014 INDIE MUSIC CHANNEL AWARDS to be held on Sunday April 27th,2014 @ the legendary Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood California!

1. BEST MALE BLUES ARTIST

2. BEST MALE FOLK ARTIST

3. BEST BLUES SONG OF THE YEAR "I'M IN LOVE"

MOST UNIQUE BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR! - December 19, 2013

THE NEW CD "I AM THE BLUES" MY STORY was chosen "MOST UNIQUE BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR" by BLUES UNDERGROUND NETWORK!

I AM THE BLUES - MY STORY - September 28, 2013

The new CD "I Am The Blues" the story of Michael Packer's life in narrative and song has been released by the Iris Music Group and is available @ Amazon.com

BB KINGS NYC - August 7, 2013

Well it happened again! The New York Blues Hall of Fame event @ BB Kings in NYC was phenominal! Lots of smiles, tears, LOVE and great music! I am proud to be the New York ambassador! I am making folks happy!

CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL - June 4, 2013

The blues and trains have co-existed for a long time so I decided to take the Lakeshore Limited from New York to Chicago where I will be performing @ Buddy Guy's Legends on June 6th and @ the Festival on June 8th. This is old school. I love it! In honor of Honeyboy Edwards!

BUDDY GUYS LEGENDS - May 2, 2013

What a day in Chicago last Sunday (April 28th, 2013) meeting Buddy Guy, Willy Dixon's wife Marie and playing with Muddy Water's sons Larry and Big Bill. Truly an experience I will never forget. Chicago is the blues capital of the world! Thank you!

CHICAGO BLUES HALL OF FAME APRIL 28, 2013 - March 26, 2013

On Sunday April 28th we will be hosting a Blues Hall of Fame ceremony @ the world famous Buddy Guys Legends in Chicago. Among the inductees are Buddy Guy, Mud and Big Bill Morganfield sons of the late legendary bluesman Muddy Waters and many others...

BEST SELF PRODUCED CD WINNER! - October 28, 2012

The Live @ The Turning Point CD was chosen best self produced CD by the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation to represent them @ The 2013 International Blues Competition in Memphis!

NY BLUES HALL OF FAME AUGUST 19TH! - August 24, 2012

Well I said good-bye to Kenny's Castaways in grand style. It was unbelievable! Roger Earl the drummer from Foghat came to play. His drum solo with Steve Holley (Wings, Ian Hunter) also banging away on the same kit was out of this world! Wilbur Bascomb the great bassist for Jeff Beck kicking it with the Uptown Horns (Rolling Stones). True bluesmen Joe Louis Walker and Clarence Spady playing their hearts out. My good friend Sandy Allen from Free Beer bringing it home with a little country. There were many more performers and inductees: Speedo Jones, Sweet Georgia Brown, Stan Bronstein, Bette Stuy, Dave Keyes, John Earl Walker, Amy Madden, Dennis Gruenling, Tim Woods, George Morales, Jon Paris, Stew Cutler, Suzanne Cadgene and Arnie Goodman from Elmore magazine, Legendary producer Jack Kreisburg, Ben Elliott of Showplace studios, Lynne Orman Weiss out of Chicago for a Honeyboy Edwards tribute. What a night for me and my band and the fabulous singer Linda Pino. Thanks to all of you! We tore the roof off the joint....Pat Kenny would have been proud!

NY BLUES HALL OF FAME @ KENNY'S CASTAWAYS - August 7, 2012

On Sunday August 19th @ 3pm The Blues Hall Of Fame will be honoring Roger Earl (Foghat), legendary bluesman Joe Louis Walker, Steve Holley (Wings), Wilbur Bascomb (Jeff Beck), The Uptown Horns (Rolling Stones), Elmore Magazine (Suzanne Cadgene and Arnie Goodman), Dennis Gruenling, legendary producer Jack Kreisburg, Nikki Armstrong, Sandy Allen, Tim Woods, Mike Carden (Eagle Rock Records), Speedo Jones, Ben Elliott (Showplace Studios), John Earl Walker, George Morales, Linda Pino and a special tribute to Pat Kenny (Kenny's Castaways). There will also be many surprise guests and The Michael Packer Blues Band will be the host band.

Kenny's Castaways is closing their doors after 45 years of music. Some of the greatest names in the industry have performed @ Kenny's. Bruce Springstein and many others got their start there. So please come down to the village and say good-bye to this NYC historical landmark and help us rock the joint one more time.

NEW YORK BLUES HALL OF FAME! - May 23, 2012

Amazing day for the blues in New York City. On Sunday May 20TH @ Kenny's Castaways in the village The Blues Hall Of Fame inducted Tom 'Bones' Malone and Will Lee from the David Letterman Show, the legendary bluesman John Hammond, Rock & Roll legend Gary U.S. Bonds, legendary Aretha Franklin drummer and band leader Bernard Purdie, saxophonist extrodinare Blue Lou Marini (Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live, James Taylor), guitarist Jon Paris (Johnny Winter, Bo Diddley), Prof. Louie & The Crowmatix (Levon Helm, Rick Danko), the great harmonica player Rob Paparozzi (Roberta Flack, Dolly Parton), Ed Jackson, Guy Powell and John Becton of The Michael Packer Blues Band, the fabulous soul-blues singer Bette Stuy, the funkster Jack Bernice, bluesman Jim Perrini, Arnie Goodman from Elmore magazine and Viceroy Music, Ambassador Richard Musto and Pete Cummings of The Michael Hill Blues Mob....The blues is alive in New York City!

LEVON HELM - April 21, 2012

LEVON HELM 1940-2012
"His music will live forever"

BLUES CHARTS! - March 10, 2012

The new Live @ The Turning Point CD is #33 on the national blues charts and #15 on the NY state charts @ Roots Music Report!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! - January 5, 2012

2011 is history but it was quite a year both good and bad. Michael Packer was inducted into The Blues Hall Of Fame but legendary delta bluesman and friend Honeyboy Edwards passed away at the age of 96. We did get to play his final gig with him in Clarksdale MS on April 16, 2011. I will never forget him. We had some great nights too many to mention here but some of the highlights were Rob Paparozzi and Bernard Purdie sitting in with us @ The Turning Point Cafe, The Honeyboy Edwards Tribute @ Buddy Guys Legends in Chicago, Staten Island Benefit for Robin Rogers who also passed away where the blues community got together for her. She will be missed. Thank you to all the venues that give us a chance to perform and to all the folks who come out to see us. We couldn't do it with out you. We wish you all success in 2012!

2012 has already started out with a bang. We brought the New Year in right @ a great blues club called Brian's Backyard BBQ in Middletown NY and then proceeded to Woodstock NY where we performed @ my friends Rob & Joni's Logstock which is their fabulous home. I was also named NY Blues Ambassador to the Blues Hall Of Fame and inducted Levon Helm, Barbara O'Brien (Levons manager), Commander Cody, Prof. Louie, Alexis P.Suter and band, Felix Cabrera, Rob Ramirez, Joni Elenson and Robert Jr. Whitall editor and chief of Big City Blues Magazine......Watch out 2012! Here we come....

NEW CD!!!!! - November 22, 2011

The new CD Live @ The Turning Point with guest harmonica player the great Rob Paparozzi was released today by Interscope Digital.

BLUES HALL OF FAME - HONEYBOY TRIBUTE - October 3, 2011

Michael Packer is now in the Blues Hall Of Fame! The Michael Packer Blues Band will be the house band for the Honeyboy Edwards tribute @ Buddy Guys Legends in Chicago on Wednesday October 19th. www.buddyguy.com

HONEYBOY EDWARDS 1915- 2011 - August 31, 2011

David "Honeyboy" Edwards has passed away at the age 0f 96. He was an american blues legend and what an honor to have the privilege of performing with him...R.I.P.

BLUES HALL OF FAME - July 28, 2011

Michael Packer has been nominated and will be inducted into The Blues Hall Of Fame on Sunday September 25th @ Brians Backyard BBQ in Middletown NY.
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