Performance: Opening musical act for Etta James, Bo Diddley, Ani DiFranco, Michael Franti, Leon Russell, and G. Love and Special Sauce. Telluride Blues Festival for years 2001 through 2008 with other musical guests such as James Brown, Jonny Lang, John Mayer, Otis Taylor and Buddy Miles.
The son of Greek-American restaurateurs, Alex Maryol grew up in Santa Fe New Mexico surrounded by a lively artistic and cultural landscape. Raised on the music of Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Elvis Presley, he began songwriting during his teenage years while performing at smoky bars and coffee shops in downtown Santa Fe. While primarily influenced by blues greats such as Lightning Hopkins and Buddy Guy during these years, Alex maintained a love for all musical genres from classical to grunge.
In his early twenties Alex gained notoriety by performing as a blues act at festival favorites such as the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival and the King Biscuit Blues Festival. These years of working in the blues laid a solid foundation for him to expand his ideas in other fields of music.
These are a few artists and groups that Alex has performed as an opening act for:
Michael Franti and Spearhead
G. Love and Special Sauce
JT and the Clouds
These are a few places that Alex has performed at:
Telluride Blues and Brews Festival (Telluride, CO)
King Biscuit Blues Festival (Helena, Arkansas)
Thirsty Ear Festival (Santa Fe, NM)
Lensic Theatre (Santa Fe, NM)
New Daisy Theatre (Memphis, TN)
Old Daisy Theatre (Memphis, TN)
Fox Theatre (Boulder, CO)
Little Bear (Evergreen, CO)
Sundance Amphitheatre (Sundance, UT)
El Rey Theatre (Albuquerque, NM)
Brenden’s (Denver, CO)
Abbey Theatre (Durango, CO)
Omni Hotel (Austin, TX)
Elbo Room (Chicago, IL)
The Red Lion (NYC, NY)
Rockwood Music Hall (NYC, NY)
Natural American Spirit Open Arts Festival (Hamburg, Germany)
Hotel Anaxos (Anaxos, Lesvos, Greece)
These are some cool things that have happened:
Two songs appear in the Guy Pierce thriller “First Snow” 2007 Directed by Mark Fergus.
Awarded the New Mexico MIC in the category of “Best Blues Song” 2001.