Johnny Fink and The Intrusion used to be known as the “Best Kept Secret in the Midwest Blues Scene” among local blues and classic rock enthusiasts.
That was until they won the 2015 Cincy Blues society band challenge….and the made the semi-finals in the 2016 IBC in Memphis Tn. They were also finalists in the 2015 CEA entertainment awards for “best blues band”. Then Johnny himself won the 2016 Cincy Blues challenge in the “solo” category….and to top it all off, the band won the 2016 Dayton Ohio blues challenge.
The band placed in the top 8 (of the world) in the 2017IBC Finals.The secret is definitely out….
If you ever happen to ask someone who’s seen the band play, you’ll likely hear of true musicianship and one helluva good time.
The band was formed in the winter of ’92 originally going with the name “The Blue Intrusions” with real-life guitar hero Johnny Fink pulling together a powerful 4-piece lineup of talented pro players through a diverse blues spectrum. They covered a wide range of blues, tapping the soul of the music from well know legendary blues artists. Jammin’ everything from the Allman Brothers to Buddy Guy, then swinging from Albert Collins to Lonnie Mack.
After two years of the band performing and crowd pleasing at well known local establishments like; the Local 1207, Allyn’s Cafe, Mansion Hill, Lucille’s, Burbank’s, several popular Foley’s locations… Johnny took over the reins. He led the band into a new era as a tighter three-piece blues unit.
The band sports over 35 years of overall professional musical experience, and each member shares an equal passion for old school classic rock and blues. Once you hear them simply open on a song, it becomes quite obvious that the band has talent, and true professional showmanship. Every classic rock and blues enthusiast around now knows where “the real deal” offers up a great show.
Over the years The Intrusion has evolved and changed up like any band, which is inevitably par for the course. Fortunately and rare in the industry, the band has never experienced any dramatic road bumps or “breakups” throughout the years. No bridges were ever burned, no friends were ever lost, and they never skipped a beat. In ’05 they brought on the talented drummer Doug Moore, then in the fall of ’07 long time friend and too-cool bass guitarist Matt Newman joined. They are always around somewhere, rockin’ the scene at blues festivals, events/venues, and popular establishments throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.
Their original music contains true conviction and passion often missing from others in the genre. And don’t be shy about walking up too request your favorite classic rock song, or memorable blues tune – they know them all..
Check out their upcoming gigs, then drop on by sometime too see for yourself why they are no longer called the best kept secret but rather “one of the best” in today’s contemporary blues scene.
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