A NEW ORLEANS-BASED FUNK ROCK BAND DRIVEN BY A HAMMOND B3 ORGAN, KEYBOARDS, ELECTRIC GUITARS AND BASS, SLIDE STEEL, MANDOLIN, DRUMS AND LEAD & BACKING VOCALS
Led by Michael “Mikey B3” Burkart, the band’s primary focus is original music rooted in the traditions of New Orleans rock, soul, R&B and swamp funk. The result is a unique and danceable sound reminiscent of Deep Purple, Fishbone, Muddy Swamp and the Meters.
A seasoned veteran of the New Orleans music scene, Burkart fuses the wide variety of his musical experiences into a unique, percussive keyboard style. He incorporates tasteful effects to seamlessly merge the sounds of Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes, piano, synth, and clavinet into the band’s music. The group’s foundation lies with Burkart’s prowess as a keyboardist and his rich, soulful tenor voice. Combine that with southern slide, a powerful rhythm section, rippin’ guitars, and strong vocal harmony, and you land at the intersection of rock, soul, and funk—a unique contribution to New Orleans’ heritage.
Mikey B has shared the stage with a Who’s Who of renowned musicians and performed at world class-festivals including: the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Fest, Freret Street Festival, Oak Street Po-Boy Fest, Frozen Dead Guy Fest, T-Bois Festival, Crawfish Fest, Bayou Boogaloo, Eyes to The Skies Festival, Bogalusa Blues Festival, Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival, Bay Harbor Festival, Street Beat Festival, Aspen Creek Festival, Bear Creek Fest, Dog Stock Fest, Pauly’s New Orleans Blues & Jazz Festival, Shag Fest in New Orleans, Satchmo Summerfest, Riverbend Music Festival, Pass Christian BBQ & Blues Festival, Bay Harbor Festival, Street Beat Festival, and the French Bread Festival in Gulfport, MS.
Michael Burkart Presents Mikey B3, the band’s first studio release in 2010, showcased the early roots of Mikey B3 as a funky, keyboard-driven act. It was met with critical and popular acclaim, and spring-boarded the group into the local and regional market. In 2012, the group followed up with Live on the Gulf Coast I & II. In 2015, seeking the harder-edged sound of a power rock trio, the band recruited famed heavy metal guitarist Vinnie Labella (former member of Exhorder) for another live recording, A Night at the Blue Nile.
In 2019, Mikey released his latest studio album, Light It Up. Featuring the group’s most fully realized songs to date, the album represents a culmination of the band’s growth over ten years. Onstage, the band brings well-crafted songs to life with high energy, deep grooves, and extended mountain jams.Originally from Alexandria, Tommy Knapp has been playing on Bourbon Street since 2001, with artists like Dwayne Dopsie, Dorian Rush, Gary Brown, and a host of cover bands. His off-Bourbon exploits include Dr. Funk (now defunct) and Feral Errol.
MIKEY B3 EPK VIDEO
Billy Iuso - Overstanding
Mark Pentone - TBA
Voo Davis - Midnight Mist
Mike Doussan Band - Sin Or Salvation
Billy Iuso and The Restless Natives - Live at the Shrine
The Revealers - Untitled
Irene Sage - No Place like New Orleans
Billy Iuso - Naked
The Blue Trees - The Rebirth of Blue
Anders Osborne - Three Free Amigo’s
Michael Burkart - Presents Mikey B3 (Re-Release)
Mikey B3 - Trout Jam In the Gulf Coast
Mike Darby - Mike Darby Band
Big Chief Smiley Ricks and One Nation Band
Brass-A-Holics Brass Band - Video
Billy Iuso - Trippin
Big Chief Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias - Live at Jazz & Heritage Festival
Various Artists - Live at Jazz & Heritage Festival
Michael Burkart -Presents Mikey B3
Billy Iuso & The Restless Natives - Live At The Sand Piper
Mark Stone -Trickeration & Rascality
Clarence Buccaro -New Orleans
Various Artists -Live at French Quarter Fest
Chris Mule’ Band - The Unmentionables
Kirk Josephs Backyard Groove - Sousafunk Avenue
Sweet Pea’s Revenge - Man Women Child
Sol Fiya - Heaven She Rides