Julie Amici, Dean Mueller up for Muddy Awards

Photo by Darina Neyret. This is reprint of the article, to see the original article click here.

Mueller and Amici began the Music Mondays series in 2014, booking local talent. The series now attracts national touring acts for the weekly concerts. The series is frequently sold out and draws music lovers from beyond the Lake Oswego area.

Mueller and Amici have also been nominated for CBA’s George Page Award, “Back What You Believe In.” The award is given to a group or individual who has gone above and beyond to demonstrate a commitment to the blues community.

Mueller and Amici are deeply committed to bring high-quality music to underserve populations around the state. Through their work as artists and producers they have developed a network of musicians to reach those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the joy of live music.

To accomplish this they have developed the Fly Me to the Moon project, the Fire Mountain Musicfest, United by Music North America and Music Enrichment for Students.

Fly Me to the Moon: After experiencing firsthand the powerful impact live music has on seniors, Mueller and Amici founded Fly Me to the Moon, which provides opportunities for seniors to enjoy professional live music at retirement communities, assisted living and memory care facilities and adult community centers. In association with the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, the group raises funds to ensure the quality of the shows and provide fair wages for musicians. The growing list of artists who participate includes top musicians from the blues community.

Fire Mountain Musicfest: Held for the first time this year, Mueller and Amici organized the Fire Mountain Musicfest in cooperation with the Cannon Beach Arts Association (CBAA). With events at Cannon Beach, Nehalem and Manzanita, the musicfest featured more than 10 performances and several guitar workshops. The festival was created to help bridge the gap between the underserved coastal communities and some of Portland’s top musical talent including Curtis Salgado, Alan Hager, 3 Leg Torso, Dean Mueller and Julie Amici, LaRhonda Steele, Carlton Jackson, Brooks Robertson, Doug Smith and Mojo Holler.

The 10-day festival served as a benefit to support arts and arts education on Oregon’s north coast, specifically for Fly Me to the Moon and CBAA.

United by Music North America (UBMNA): Amici and Mueller have been working with UBMNA since 2014. The group is a unified performance-based program and band for both neurodiverse and neuro-typical people with exceptional musical talent. As a mentor with the Portland group, led by Amanda Gresham and Dave Fleschner, Amici rehearses and performs regularly with the UBMNA band.

Music Enrichment for Students: This year Amici spearheaded a program with the Mudd-Nick Foundation to create a Music Enrichment Program to serve students in the Neah-Kah-Nie School District on the north Oregon coast. Building upon the existing music program in the district, Amici’s work with the foundation includes sourcing grants, offering workshops and music clinics, and providing supplemental live music experiences for the students.

Regarding their nomination for the “Back What you Believe Award,” Mueller said “There is no shortage of need and we are grateful to be part of this hard-working and generous family of musicians in the Pacific Northwest.”

The 2019 Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Awards event will take place Nov. 6 at Alberta Rose Theater in Portland. For tickets and other information visit cascadebluesassociation.org.

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller have been nominated for two awards by the Cascade Blues Association for 2019! The “Back What You Believe In” Award for their dedicated work in keeping the blues alive, and “Best Blues Venue” Award for their Music Monday Series at Lake Theater & Cafe.

The 31st annual Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Awards is already one of the most anticipated dates of the year for the city’s blues community. The ceremony will take place Wednesday November 6th 2019 at 6pm at the Alberta Rose Theater and will announce award recipients then. For more information visit https://cascadebluesassociation.org/. You do not have to be a member to attend the ceremony. Hope to see you there!

Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award

We just sent our artwork and tracks out for our second CD. It contains 11 original songs and we can’t wait to share it with you!

On Monday, July 22, Julie Amici and Dean Mueller will deliver a live sneak peak of new songs from their upcoming album for Music Monday at the Lake Theater & Cafe in Lake Oswego.  The event will showcase original music from their second studio album that is scheduled for release in early 2020.

The album features eleven original songs, many of which they wrote to present for the Cascade Blues Association at the 2018 International Blues Challenge.  The duo went on to win the Best Solo/Duo category in 2018, and carried the songs to Memphis, TN representing the Cascade Blues Association.

The tracks offer an eclectic, cross-genre journey into the couple’s past and present lives.  “We’re so proud to finally give birth to these songs that represent the range and depth of our sound,” said Dean Mueller.  The collection takes its listener through a cohesive, yet diverse, display of stories that highlight Julie’s uniquely pure vocals and Dean’s keen sense of rhythm and blues.  

The July 22 show at the Lake Theater & Cafe is open to all ages. Doors open at 6:00; the show starts at 7:00.  Advance ticket purchase is recommended at the Lake Theater Website.

Celebrated NW musicians come together for one night

On Sunday, May 19, four of Portland’s most beloved musical acts will take the stage to raise money for Fly Me To The Moon, a new nonprofit organization that delivers live music performances to seniors in assisted living, retirement communities, and memory care facilities.

Organization founder and producer, Dean Mueller, hopes to raise funds and create awareness of the program this concert. To showcase the music, Mueller selected to host the show at the newly renovated Alberta Abbey, a community arts center in NE Portland. The lineup includes the Duffy Bishop Band, 3 Leg Torso, Aaron Meyer, and Julie Amici.  

The first set will feature Portland’s own rock violinist Aaron Meyer, followed by the critically acclaimed 3 Leg Torso, an ensemble featuring original modern chamber music with wildly unique instrumentation.  The second set opens with the award-winning Julie Amici, then the beloved electric blues powerhouse Duffy Bishop.

Fly Me To The Moon was formed in partnership with the Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) in 2018.  Its mission is to bring professional, high quality, affordable live music events to retirement communities, assisted living facilities, and memory care facilities. Mueller says the program is encountering an increasing demand as we have a deeper understanding of the effects of live music on the senior population.

“The scientific evidence supports what we have always suspected,” said Mueller, “ that music can stimulate feelings of joy and harmony in seniors.”

But for Mueller, it’s about more than science.  In the many years he’s performed for seniors, he has seen the positive impact the music has on their emotional state.  

“As a musician, it touches my heart,” he said. “When we play music they know, from the era of their youth, it clearly stimulates their memory and takes them to a sweeter place.”  

There are still opportunities to become a sponsor of this event.  Any businesses or interested parties should email dean@deanmueller.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FlyMeToTheMoonMusic/
Tickets: www.squareup.com/store/Fly_Me_To_The_Moon

Julie Amici laying down scratch vocals in the Rain Cave Studio with the Edwina microphone by Ear Trumpet Lab.

We’ve been a little busy in the Rain Cave Studio and have been missing performing out more. Recording our new album takes a lot of time and patience. Our friend and wonderful musical director, Alan Jones, is taking time out of his busy schedule to produce our second album. Its still untitled- got any clever ideas? We are thrilled and can’t wait to introduce you to our new material we’ve been manifesting over the last couple years. As always thank you for the love, support, and inspiration! Stay tuned…

We are pleased that the Jason Vandersmith of the Portland Tribune picked up this story and wrote a really nice article. We also had a very successful Dec 17th at the Lake Theater & Cafe. Thanks to Julie Amici, LaRhonda Steel, Carlton Jackson, Dean Mueller, and Dave Fleschner for putting on such a great show! Thanks for all the support, it was a great kick off to the program! For a Digital version of the article CLICK HERE!

Our trip to Memphis was an inspiration! On our first stop in Nashville, Vince Gill asked Julie to come up and join them for a song, please check out the video above!

As most of you know, we competed in the International Blues Challenge as a Duo. While we did not make it as far along as we hoped, the experience was amazing and fulfilling. We were also very satisfied with our performance and progress as a duo, and we will be doing more of that in the future! As we sat there and watched the finals it was apparent that although our act was very original, it was not traditional enough for the judges.

The experience of meeting so many other musicians from around the world, and hearing their music, is priceless. Being able to perform in the different showcases and competitions on Beale Street was exciting and once again, a priceless experience. We also were introduced to many different blues associations, and found out about a lot of opportunities and festivals we will consider for the future.

We take pride in the fact that we cross over to jazz, blues, folk, and country in both the cover tunes we play, and the originals that we write. We believe it serves us best for our future. We will keep writing our own songs, following our own path, and being true to ourselves and our art. We hope you will continue to follow us on that journey. Thank you for your contributions, well wishes, and emotional support. You were in our hearts and minds through this entire journey.

We wanted to send you a update on our Journey To Memphis!

We arrived in Nashville and spent some of the day seeing the sights around town and visited the Patsy Cline Museum. Patsy’s life, stories, and music is such an inspiration for us, we really loved it.

Last night we went to see Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers. A couple if songs into the second set, Vince Gill says “This is the time of the night when we invite a guest singer to join us, and it could be great, or it could be really great…. Is Julie Amici still here?”

Well, Julie had no idea I emailed Vince, sent him a video, and suggested he might like her to sing a song. This was all unexpected for her but she got up and asked if they could go a Hank Williams tune and he said “YES PLEASE”. Anyway, the crowd loved it and so did the band. They were so gracious backstage after the show and appreciative of her participation. What a treat!

Here is te video: https://youtu.be/tV31mu91kAU

It’s currently 13 degrees here and today we drive 3.5 hr to Memphis in a snowstorm. We where going to go down to Clarksdale for a jam with Rae Gordon but given the weather we may just hang out in Memphis and stay warm and rest up for tomorrow.

We will keep you posted.

love & gratitude,

Dean & Julie

Julie Amici

Yellow Roses
Ripping Glass

Julie Amici - Yellow RosesThis debut EP from Julie Amici covers a good selection of Americana. It is all original material save for the inclusion of the traditional old English folk standard “The Fox.” And though this may seem like a completely different musical approach than you would expect from Dean Mueller and Julie Amici, a distance from their normal blues and jazz format, it is a beautiful accomplishment that showcases the diversity of their range and capabilities.

Julie has one of those voices that draws you into the music immediately. Noted for her expertise capturing the emotion and sensuality of bygone artists like Dinah Washington, Nina Simone or Patsy Cline. She crosses the lines of the various genres from blues, country and jazz with perfection. But here she has found a true calling with folk and roots music. It is a direction suited ideally matching the atmosphere behind her songwriting and vocal talents.

Though this is only an EP, with a meager six songs in total, it is crafted brilliantly with instrumentation and flow.  As explained in the liner notes, these are stories that recall Julie’s upbringing and dreams. Each has its own personality and flavor, completely enhanced by the musicians accompanying her. All are outstanding with my own favorites perhaps being “Put You Down,” “Lady Of The Mountain” and especially “Black-Eyed Susan.” But they’re all winning numbers.

The Yellow Roses project was six months in the making, working with good friend and collaborator Alan Jones at the helm. Instrumentation aside from Dean Mueller on bass and guitar and Alan Jones on guitar, percussion and background vocals the disc includes members of Timberbound, Gavin Duffy on banjo and mandolin and Jenny Estrin on violin; the award winning guitarist Alan Hager; and Duffy Bishop and Chris Carlson on background vocals whom Mueller works with in the Duffy Bishop Band.

The only downside I found with Yellow Roses? It’s just not long enough. It has left me wanting more. And that is a good thing as it leaves an anticipation for what they come up with next. Can’t wait!

Total Time: 21:10

Black-Eyed Susan / Yellow Roses / Put Me Down / Lilac Tree / Lady Of The Mountain / The Fox