About the Band
“MONSTER” Mike Welch is one of the East Coast’s best-loved blues guitarists and, at 36 years old, already a 25-year veteran of the international blues scene. At 13, Mike Welch opened the bill at the Cambridge House of Blues, sharing a stage with Junior Wells, Joe Walsh and actor Dan Aykroyd. It was the latter who gave him his nickname, “Monster Mike.”
In 2001, Mike joined his longtime heroes SUGAR RAY AND THE BLUETONES, establishing a deep creative partnership in the blues that continues to this day.
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones have been playing their distinctive brand of Blues for 40 years. This year the band is nominated by the Blues Foundation/Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN for Blues Band of the Year, and band members Monster Mike Welch, Anthony Geraci, and Michael “Mudcat” Ward have each received a nomination on their respective instruments. This brings a total of 26 BMA nominations garnered by the Bluetones and its members as well as seven Grammy nominations bestowed on Bluetones members.