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 went to Memphis and made it to the semi-finals! This year he qualified again with the Trey Wanvig Band after winning best band at The Villages Blues Society. They also were semi-finalists in 2023!
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” in Las Vegas, which continues to provide top bands to this day!
He has produced for others and recorded many of his own songs.
He toured with Grammy nominated Bryan Lee during his last 2 years including playing at the 50th anniversary for NOLA Jazz and Heritage Festival to thousands of adoring fans.
While recording and co-writing with Randy Stephens and the Groove Makers, he continues to play for several bands locally including The Trey Wanvig Band, The Tom Craig Band, Eliza Neals 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.
Mike simply states: “I am a man of faith and I love playing worship music but I have always loved playing blues and jazz.
“What I love most is when the music I play touches the people because they see and feel the passion I have been given. When the musicians and the audience experience that passion and become your friends, not fans, is when I am truly blessed!”