[ ART DECO WEEKEND 2013 >> LIVE MUSIC ]
BEVERLY LEWIS & THE MIXX
FRIDAY / 8:30PM — THE 11TH STREET STAGE
Hollywood, Florida's own New Orleans-style, old school blues band
will be making its first Art Deco Weekend performance in 2013.
Beverly Lewis was 13 years old when she was invited to sing with the Johnny Knorr Big Band when they were home doing gigs in Toledo, Ohio. Toledo's jazz community welcomed the little girl, and Beverly received quite the early musical education.
In the late 70s, after her first tour with another Toledo band, she made her move to South Florida and joined a band called "In The Mood." After a couple years singing mostly "top 40" at local clubs, she got restless again.
She joined another band that needed a singer for a tour that was starting in Aruba, and would eventually travel as far as Canada and New Mexico. After that one tour, Beverly returned to settle in South Florida. Then, she hooked up with musicians (The Mixx) and, once again, stayed close to home, playing mostly local clubs, while at the same time ('80s/'90s) landing a few acting gigs, when the television and movie industries were growing in South Florida.
"SOMEONE ELSE IS STEPPIN' IN"
Leading The Mixx is guitarist John Fifield, who has released his own (mostly instrumental) contemporary jazz record called It Is What It Is. The recording is described as having a "stellar group dynamic," "craftily arranged," for fans of "daredevil fusion guitar pyrotechnics," and "improvisations ranging from sultry to blistering, and everything in between."
John has lived in South Florida since 1981, just after finishing his studies at the Hartford Conservatory near his home in Connecticut where he started his musical career.