Kevin Michaels Enigma Project  delivers a show comprised of high quality jazz, swing, blues, funk, r&b, rock, and reggae styles that often morph from rock into jazz/latin and at times crosses jazz into jazz/rock, r&b/funk/reggae styles. The band does its own arrangements to all types of original and cover songs of music which covers broad musical spectrums. Each song that is delivered is unique packed with power to extremely subtle details, with deep heavy groove and great time, while delivering wonderful feels! This band starts growing on you from the moment you hear it. Over time, you realize that you've been missing quality music for longer than you thought. For those not familiar with the band, the music and musicianship presented gives you a deeper understanding of what true music really is and stands for...GREAT !
Kevin Michaels writes and arranges all types of music. He is a wonderful and powerful producer of all types of music, video, including artistic, musical, and stage events. Along with Kevin’s great sense of errotic humor, he has great ears, he tracks, mixes, masters songs from singles to albums, edits videos, film, and; a very good director for any type of artistic event that he becomes involved in. Kevin also teaches his drum craft, and written comprehensive books on drumming called “Masters of Drumming: The Complete Guide to Professional Drumming” ©2004; and, another, “Developing In Your Face Dominance, Fierceness and Subtlety in Drumming” ©2005. Both books were published by Deep Water Publishing Company. Kevin specializes in live and recorded sound reinforcement. He also designs, consults, and builds music studios. Kevin started his Official music career when Carl Wilson asked him to perform on the Beach Boys "Holland" Album. He also received Credits on the recent 2013 Beach Boy album called “Made in California,” as well as their 1973 “In Concert” album, that he helped mix (uncredited) along with numerous other credits for other artists throughout his extensive career. Kevin also has a 2006 Audio/Visual credit on the Jack Nicholson/Leonardo DiCaprio filmed called “The Departed.”
The band started with Me (KM), Chris E. Gonzaque (guit/voc) and Jose Pedroza (bass) in July 2017. It was essentially a power trio. We played some shows around Southern California. When we commenced the Mattie’s Blues Cafe Jam, starting September 7th, 2017, which was held every Thursday, the band comprised Chris, Jose and Myself. We came to find out that on the first day (9/7), Jose could not play anything jazz related, and he got lost not knowing the jazz, afro-cuban, latin genres of music. Due to this he got frustrated and embarrassed, so he quit the first night. Each week thereafter we got other bass players, these included Bruce McGhee, Chad Michael, Maurilio A. Mina, Paul Gomez, Scott Johnson, Teddy Young, and a few others that escapes memory.
As part of the Mattie’s Blues Cafe band lineup, Kevin Ray Putzier (Keys/Vocs/Horns,) joined us mid October 2017 until closing. Riki Hendrix on Guit/Vocs., became a regular player on the band too. To note, we had other great talent on the band, Tobi Hero (guit).
After Mattie’s Blues Cafe (Apple Valley, California) closed up its doors on December 8th 2017, we got a couple of others to join in on our Rock City live concert, which was performed via live video on March 7th 2018.
The lineup has changed dramatically over time since Mattie’s Blues Cafe and Rock City events. For the Adelanto Stadium’s Hot Summer Nights events, in August 2018, the band consisted of Alonzo Freeman (bass/voc.), Telvis Ward (keys), Ronnie B. Good (guit/voc.), Mike Nelson (saxes), Roy Wiegand Sr. (trombone), Roy Wiegand Jr. (trumpet), Kevin Michaels (drums).
For the Woodystock Blues Festival, we substituted Alonzo Freeman and Telvis Ward, respectively for George M. Webster on bass, and John Gulack on keys, in addition to adding Riki Hendrix on guitar and vocals. This lineup will continue for some time.