Artur Menezes is an indie artist taking the blues rock scene by storm! As a highly energetic guitarist, singer and songwriter, Art impresses the crowds with his feeling and showmanship. Although very much influenced by blues, he crosses genres with psychedelic rock, funk and brazilian rhythms such as “baião”, creating his own voice and sound, which has been attracting younger audiences and helping to keep the blues alive.Based in Los Angeles, the brazilian artist is making his name playing around US, promoting his latest album “Keep Pushing” (4th album) and his new single / music video “Fight for Your Love”.
Recently Artur won the Grand Prize in a contest promoted by Ernie Ball to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival. Winner of the Gibson/Albert King Award for Best Guitarist by the Blues Foundation and 3rd place at the International Blues Challenge 2018, Artur plays the blues with expertise and respect, but also mixing with other styles.
Artur shared the stage with Joe Satriani in a festival in Brazil for a 20 thousand people audience in 2017 and recently he started teaching guitar at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Four years ago, when he was still living in Brazil, Artur was the headline of innumerous festivals. In 2014, headline at Augustibluus Festival in Estonia and played in clubs in UK. In 2015, he had a tour in Mexico and in 2013 in Argentina.
In 2012, Artur played the opening shows for Buddy Guy in his South American tour in Brazil.
Concerned about disseminating and expanding access to blues in Brazil, Artur was one of the founders of the society Casa do Blues (House Of Blues), which promotes weekly shows with free entrance.
“Artur is a superstar waiting to be discovered. fearless player”-Joe Bonamassa
“Menezes is a delightful digital-age cross between Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart. he’s got the spicy music style and the latter’s hardworking down-to-earth vibe”-Blues Blast Magazine
“Menezes’ voice is a real asset, a great rock voice with just the right touch of bluesy imprudence”-Blues Rock Review