East Side Blues Syndicate

About EastSide Blues Syndicate





MembersMatthew Robinson - Guitar/Vocals
Jose "Sweet Tone" Ruiz - Harmonica
Harold McMillan - Bass
Roland Lawes - Drums
Mike "Medicine Man" Blue - guitar/vocals







Booking Manager's Contact Information

DiverseArts\Harold McMillan

Booking and Management:

EastSide Blues Syndicate is a project of DiverseArts Culture Works, a 501(c)3 nonprofit cultural arts organization.

DiverseArts Culture Work:
1601 East 5th Street, Suite 106
Austin, Texas 78702


The East Side Blues Syndicate is a true family affair. Born out of the weekly 'Blue Monday' Blues Jams at The Historic Victory Grill in Austin, TX, the ESBS has quickly developed a fierce reputation for being one of the truly unique acts to come out of Austin's East Side in quite some time.

Led by Matthew Robinson's blues-hound vocals and guitar, Jose "Sweet Tone" Ruiz' lightning quick jazz harmonica, Roland Lawes' latin and caribbean influenced percussion, Harold McMillan's melodic bass lines, and Mike Blue's striking and soulful guitar work, the band transforms obscure blues tunes and originals with each member's collective vision and taste.

The result? A soul band? Yes. A blues band? Yes. A jazz quintent? Most certainly.

Something you've heard before? Absolutely not…..
Artists We Also Like:
BB King, Miles Davis, Albert Collins, John Coltrane, Etta James, Dr. John, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Thelonius Monk, Freddie King, Little Milton, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Lucky Peterson, etc….