Danceable, Intriguing, Vibrant and Fresh………Meet, The Eminent Stars

The Eminent Stars

The Eminent Stars bring a lot of great soul. funk, blues, jazz and more for our listening pleasure. If there isn’t something here that you love , you might be in the wrong place. Last night MTV had some kind of award show, I don’t mind saying , I haven’t seen a second of it but I can bet what I call good music wasn’t even mentioned , so for all of you that love the classic sound of bands like Booker T & The MG’s this is for you. And remember to follow The Eminent Stars , buy their album and keep good music alive, we can not let MTV and the likes of Rolling Stone Magazine tell us what the definition of good is. Decide that for yourself, listen to music made from the heart….listen to, The Eminent Stars!!!

Meet, The Eminent Stars

People say we sound like….. Bands like The Meters, Freddie King or Booker T and the MG,s

We are….. Ben Mendes, Toon Oomen, Mischa den Haring, Emiel van Rijthoven, Bruce James, Steffen Morrison, Imelda, Dirk Beets , Andert Tijsma and Lana Gordon

We are originally from….. Amsterdam, the Netherlands but with bandmembers from Holland, brazil, Suriname, Antilles and the US.

Who are some that have an influence on your sound?? Allen Toussaint, the meters, freddie king, betty averett and many more great artists from New Orleans.

The first time we met was…..2012

We knew we were going to be a Band…2013

Books we recommend … Biography of Miles Davis

Our craziest gig ever was….playing in a old barn in France!

If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….1969

Growing up ,at home we listened to…..blues, jazz, brazilian stuff and lots of old rhytm and blues

What tunes are you currently jamming to… Only our new songs for the second album to be released in 2015!

If you could open for any Band right now who should that be and why? That would be Sly Stone or Allen Toussaint

When you are touring and have some time off , where could we find you..,.,

In november we will have a minitour in Germany, Holland, Austria and Luxembourg. After these shows we will prepare the new songs for the new album on Tramprecords.

The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us

We record our music in a oldschool way without clicktrack, modern instruments or sequensers. Vintage equipment , custom build tubemics and a live approach to get the raw feeling that we like you to feel!

The Eminent Stars.com (Bio From)

The Eminent Stars


The Eminent Stars were founded by saxofonist Ben Mendes and drummer Toon Oomen. They both share the love for the great music emerging from cities like New Orleans in the 60’s and 70’s: Dr. John, Freddie King, The Meters and many more! Just mix up some soul, Rhythm and Blues, funk and Blues and there you have it: a record that consists of authentic elements: it’s danceable, intriguing, vibrant and fresh!

New Orleans

Drummer Toon Oomen decided to live and studied in New Orleans some years ago just to capture the unique vibe and sounds of this region. When he came back to Amsterdam he wanted to share this musical richness. He found a great companion in saxophonist and producer Ben Mendes and they soon started to work intensively on fresh and original material .


Then the moment arrived when Toon & Ben planned a recording session (2012) in a rusty old farm in the middle of the French Ardennes. Here the basis-recordings for the new album ‘Sittin’ In’ found place: all live, together in one big old dusty room, all vintage equipment was brought down there. Just to capture the authentic sounds & vibes of the songs.


Soon the great American singer-songwriter Bruce James joined the team, later other marvelous vocalists such as Imelda, Lana Gordon and Steffen Morrison jumped on board. All blending in with the Eminent Stars!

The Eminent Stars Band
•Toon Oomen – drums, percussion and guitars ( Gumbo Night, Beans & Fatback)
•Ben Mendes – saxophones, producer and recording engineer ( Mendoza Dance Parti)
• Mischa den Haring – guitars (T99)
• Andert Tijsma – bass (Coco Jones)
•Dirk Beets – trumpet ( B-movie Orchestra, Monsieur Dubois)
•Emiel van Rijthoven – piano, clavinet and Hammond B3-organ (Luzazul, Waylon)

Sittin’ In Musicians
•Ceumar – backing vocals
• Frans Cornelissen – trombone
• Miguel Boelens – baritone

Sittin’ In Vocalists
•Imelda – vocals
•Bruce James – vocals
•Steffen Morrison – vocals
•Lana Gordon – vocals
•Aricia Mess – vocals

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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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