ERIC DEMMER – “Hear What You Feel; Play What You Hear”
At the age of 10, ERIC found a saxophone under the Christmas tree. So began the journey of a natural-born musician, playing anywhere at any time with anyone. He grew up steeped in the blues and rock and roll of the 70’s and 80’s. He absorbed the sounds of The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, B.B. King, and fellow Texan, Stevie Ray Vaughn. One night, ERIC was invited to perform onstage with the legendary Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. From that night forward, ERIC joined Gate’s band and traveled all over the world for the next 12 years, until Gate’s death in 2005. The journey with “Gate’s” band led them to tour extensively as the opening act for Eric Clapton during his “From The Cradle” tour.
ERIC describes his style of music as, “high energy, funky blues with a mix of jazz” and combines a variety of influences while reminding everyone that, “The real thing comes from the heart and soul”.
ERIC has performed at a multitude of venues, such as the Royal Albert Hall at London UK, Carousel Delouvre at Paris France, Deutchland Halle at Berlin Germany, Flanders Expo at Ghent Belgium, The Forum at Milan Italy, San Remo Festival in Italy, Palau San Jordi at Barcelona Spain, the Galway Arts Festival in Ireland, the Club Taku Taku, Quattro and W’ohol in Japan, North Sea Jazzfest in Norway, Poro Jazzfest in Finland, Copenhagen Bluesfest in Denmark, Shanghai Centre Theater in China, Standard Banks Arts Festival in South Africa, Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Blue Balls Festival in Switzerland, Luzern Blues Festival in Switzerland and Bern International Jazzfest in Swizerland. For national venues, such as Madison Square Garden at New York, EMP/Experience Music Projet at Seattle, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Cleveland, U.S. Air Arena at Lanover, The Spectrum at Philadelphia, United Center at Chicago, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Reunion Arena at Dallas, Miami Arena, B.B. King’s Blues Club, House of Blues, Beale Street Music Festival, Summertime Blues Cruise at Boston and Count Basie Theater in New Jersey.
Also radio and television appearances at British Broadcasting Company, National Public Radio, Austin City Limits, BET – “Jazz Central” with Lou Rawls and Bravo. Album recording credits with several musicians such as Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Mark May, Denise Franke, John Ellison, Morgan Bouldin, Eric Taylor and Mike Sumler.