Michael Hepner

"Detroit" Mike

Michael Hepner is one of the most sought after live and studio keyboardists in the country.

His career started with multiple recording contracts including Atlantic Records.

He has performed at festivals and on stages with award winning artists including The Beach Boys, Jim Belushi, Bobby Rush, The Tommy Castro Band, Jimmy Carpenter, Tab Benoit, Mike Zito, Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins, Albert Castiglia, Jason Ricci, Nick Schnebelen, Eliza Neals, Landsharks Band, the award winning Elwood Splinters Blues Band and Las Vegas’ #1 blues band, The Moanin’ Blacksnakes.

In October 2021 the band he has been performing with for the last year, Randy Stephens and the Groove Makers was awarded “Best Band” and “People’s Choice” at the  SW Florida Blues Society Regional International Blues Challenge.  The band will go to Memphis to perform in the Quarter Finals.

Recently, he was honored to be chosen as a Hammond Artist!

Michael was voted into the Las Vegas Fans Entertainers Hall of Fame two years in a row.

He has also appeared as an artist at large for the well-known “Big Blues Bender” in Las Vegas!

Michael’s passion to keep live music alive, led him to the creation and hosting of “Band Night at the Summit” which continues to provide top bands to this day!

He has produced for others and recorded many of his own songs. 

After playing for Grammy nominated Bryan Lee during his last 2 years, and recording with T. C. Carr and The Kid Royal Band, he continues to play for several bands locally including Kettle Of Fish, Trey Wanvig and The Tom Craig Band as well as guest appearances with the Ron Kraemer Trio and several others.

He recently started a duo act with the amazing vocalist: Kate O’Connell called simply Kate and Mike. He can also be found playing solo piano at local venues.

Currently he is playing and co-writing with Randy Stephens and The Groove Makers who are working on their next album!

Mike’s outlook is, “Although blues is my passion, I have always enjoyed playing many genres. When the musicians and the audience are having fun and become your friends, not fans, I’m happy!”