Joseph Michael Mahfoud (pronounced “Ma-Food”) is a unique musician and bandleader. Joseph is as comfortable leaning back and letting the blues rip your soul out as he is playing a Bach Bouree. A Mohawk Indian, residing in Buffalo since childhood, his 2004 “Full Circle” release with The Pappy Johns Band won several Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. His most notable appearances include the Chicago Blues Fest, the Canadian Aboriginal awards at the Skydome, the Iowa Blues Fest, the Memphis Blues Fest, Lewiston Blues Fest, Fox Morning News, the Maple Blues Fest, Jeff Healy’s, and the Saskatoon Blues Fest. Joseph has developed a loyal following among the Iroquois Nation of the North East and many cities in New York State including Ellicottville and Rochester.
“Ditch Diggers” is the title of Mahfoud’s 2011 release. It features blues standards from some of Joseph’s greatest influences on his unique and articulate style. If Ditch Diggers enjoys the success of Mahfoud’s last three releases than this will prove to be yet another hot recording. Joseph’s 2009 release is titled “Echoes in Time” (www.CdBaby.com/Mahfoud) with Rodney Appleby (bassist with Ian Gillan of Deep Purple) and Ted Reinhardt (drummer with Gamalon and gold record recipient Spyro Gyra). Marcin Rybacki of the International Deep Purple Hub wrote, “Natural. Honest. Passionate. This is what you get when you put together a bunch of fabulous musicians.” “Joseph plays those heartfelt guitar solos you rarely hear nowadays.” Bike Jams and Clams concert promoter Paul Hovey wrote, “Joseph Michael Mahfoud blew people away playing a majority of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s greatest. He amazed the audience with his guitar playing, singing, and persona.” Lewiston Blues Fest event coordinator Eva Nicholas wrote, “Dear Joe, Thank YOU for a WONDERFUL concert! What a trio you are!” Sherm Wilkens of the Ellicottville News has written several feature articles on Joseph referring to him as an “Accomplished blues guitarist and vocalist, …to call him smoking blues is an understatement.” Niagara Falls Blues Festival coordinator Toby Rotella said, “most of the people at the fest were there to hear Joe.”
Joseph’s vast experience includes past band leader for the Stevie Project, ( a Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute) Faron Johns Band, JJ Swing, About Face, the Hurricanes, the Syndicate, and Universal Grille. Joseph has played sideman to Gap Mangione, James Cotton, Sherman Robertson, Jimmy Griswold, Lance Diamond, Process and Dew Rags, Bobby Jones, the Jony James Band, and the Rod Nixon Project. Joseph’s 2008 cd release “Thirteen Moons,” included 2011 Grammy nominee Carmen Intorre (drummer with Grammy winner Joey DiFrancesco, and Pat Martino) and bassist Tim Mroz.
Joseph Michael Mahfoud, inspired at a young age by his musical environment, began working the club scene by age 14 joining a 50’s band called Crash Cadillac and the T-Street Cruisers. After graduating from the acclaimed Performing Arts High School, Joseph won a classical guitar scholarship to the University at Buffalo where he received degrees in vocal music education and classical guitar. He has taught music at Lakeshore Middle School, in music workshops, and owned Kenmore Music Center. After a decade in the scene Joseph is now a full time High School music teacher at Tapestry Charter School in Buffalo, New York.
"Joe, Thank you. I heard nothing but rave reviews from everyone at the Hard Rock. From our servers that night all the way to our General Manager Dom. After hearing how packed it got and seeing the numbers today. He was really impressed. We will continue to hire you for our events. Whenever poss..."Carolyn Moser of the Hard Rock Cafe