Detroit Mike :: Keyboardist & Blues Musician


The great boogie woogie pianist, Bob Seeley taught him his first boogie woogie bass line at 13 years old! The rest as they say was history! Mostly self-taught, he was first snatched up out of North Texas State University’s Jazz program with his first recording contract in Texas. He then came back to Detroit and within 3 years had an Atlantic recording contract.

For the past 35 years Mike has performed on stages all over the country and been a part of many artists records. He has produced, written commercially in all genres of music, arranged and co-written many songs as well.

Elwood Splinters Blues Band CD.After a 14 year run in the Midwest with the award winning blues band, Elwood Splinters Blues Band, he moved to Las Vegas. In 6 short years he played with hundreds of musicians and bands, including the number one blues band, Moanin' Blacksnakes. He co-founded the multi-genre band, NRQ. He performed with Bobby Jones and The Chicago Blues Machine, Rheda K's Jazz Krew and lead one of the most popular professional jams in Las Vegas. Mike's passion to keep live music alive, led him to the creation and hosting of "Band Night at the Summit".

Mike has performed with award winning artists including The Beach Boys, Bobby Rush, The Tommy Castro Band, Tab Benoit, Mike Zito, Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins, and Deanna Bogart just to name a few.

Mike was voted into the Fans Entertainers Hall of Fame 2 years in a row. Now based out of the Florida Keys, he has even more exciting things planned. Stay tuned!!

Mike has always felt honored to have played with so many great award winning artists over the years.

For live gigs and studio sessions, "Detroit" Mike Hepner is fast being considered one of the most in demand keyboardists in the Keys. Contact Mike directly for touring booking, filling in at festivals and "artist at large" opportunities.

Multi-genre talent, from Blues to Jazz and Classic Rock to R&B, has allowed a unique versatility that Mike has always been known for. His amazing improvisational techniques always astound the best musicians as well as his audiences. Mike's outlook is, "Although blues is one of my favorite genres, I have always enjoyed playing just about anything, as long as the musicians are great listeners and passionate about their craft. When the musicians and the audience are having fun and become your friends (not fans), I'm happy!"


"It was a blast. Both me and dad were talking to each other about how great you are. You are definitely our first call for any future open dates. Thanks a million."

Ed and Jack Mathews, Owners
Desert Productions Las Vegas.

"Michael is a gifted & fantastic musician with great feel, energy & spirit! A pure pleasure to work with and look forward to doing repeated business in the future. A must for anyone looking for live entertainment!"

Donna Lynne

"Mike is a keyboard virtuoso who can play any style with great flair. He's a professional solo artist, sideman and studio musician."

Bruce Bartlett
Bartlett Recording Studios

"Mike Hepner is without exception one of the most talanted keyboard players I've had the honor to work with which is the reason he plays on our new album, East Bound Train."

Fred Balbo
Lead Singer

"When Mike first joined our Jazz group he jumped right in. He didn't hesitate creating charts. He is ALWAYS on time and has a positive attitude. What I am most impressed with is that Mike is actually a Boogie Blues player but is playing Jazz as if he always has! Thank you Mike"

Lead Vocalist Rheda K's Jazz Krew

"Excellent keyboardist. Dresses and acts professionally. Versatile performer who is well versed in various genres of music."

Rockshots Debi
Professional Photographer

"Mike is incredibly diverse when creating a deep breadth of music for all occasions. For me, he developed beautiful opening piece for all my downloadable podcasts. Mike's ear for music and authenticity connects with the person he works with - whether playing in a group for a crowd or one-on-one as he did for me. Simply - a Great Musician!"

Soleil H.
Founder Stress To Success, YogaBlaze

Mike the music scene here in Michiana will have a big void without you here!

Donald Iain Brockie

Wish you all the luck, happiness, peace and joy.....lord knows you have spread these things to all of will be missed in our music community....and even more so as a friend!

WebRadio Xers

You will be missed! What a selfless, class act, donating your family piano. Good luck!!

Linda Murphy

Listening to Blues review and heard you're leaving?!?!? Say it isn't so?! It was always an honor and pleasure to listen and jam with you! The music scene in the Michiana area has lost the best keyboard player it ever had. I wish you well in your move, God bless

Mikee Wirt II

Hi Mike,
"Thank you! It was our pleasure working with you. Every single member of the band told me that you were a class act who did such a great job in such short notice and was also a lot of fun to work with on stage. I second their comments."

Dennis Stella
Award winning Las Vegas Style Elvis Tribute Artist

(referring to my visit on Gordy Young’s Podcast for his 25th show) "People loved that show...a bunch of folks have told me it was the best one they've heard, so that's cool! Anyway...yes, everyone loved that da man! thanks again"


"Mike is by far one of the most talented musicians I've ever known. As a composer, arranger, singer and keyboard player he excels with energy, skill, pizzazz and emotion. Mike is a man of faith, caring and kind. From ballads to gospel to boogie woogie to the blues, this guy rocks!"

Roger C. Senkbeil

"Mike is an outstanding performer with a wealth of experience under his belt. I've known Mike to be helpful and kind. The type of person I want to do business with."

Bryan Chris

"I have known and worked with Mike for several years. His ability to produce results even in the midst of adverse circumstances is a testimony to his professionalism and character."

Cliff West

"I have been aware of Mike Hepner' musical aptitudes since meeting him in Michigan during the early 1970's. Since then, Mike has honed his talents and developed his abilities as a piano/organ player, composer, arranger and producer. Not satisfied to confine his music to any one genre, Mike can play blues, jazz, boogie-woogie, new age and worship music with equal adeptness and feeling. I sincerely endorse Mike Hepner as a person, and a multifaceted musician."

Steve Gilbert

"We loved the CD! My kids listened to the ENTIRE CD without once asking me to put in
Justin B. LOL Thank you for the amazing gift. :)"

Renee Comer Miller

"Hi Mike! Wow! What a great time Sunday! It is truly a pleasure sharing a stage with you."

Mike DeHays Bass player with
the Bobby Lee Caldwell Band

"Thanks for jammin' with us last rock!"

Bobby Lee Caldwell

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