Mel Brown is the reason why Kitchener has a thriving blues scene. Born in Mississippi, Mel had a thriving career as both a blues and jazz musician--working with artists like Sonny Boy Williamson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Willie Nelson, Archie Shep, B. B. King, The Crusaders, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Barney Kessel, Albert King, T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins and Snooky Pryor
Arriving in 1989 to front the house band at Pop the Gator, Mel stayed and with his band The Homewreckers rocked the town until his death in 2009.
Although primarily known as a brilliant guitarist and singer, Mel was also a gifted organ and recorded at least one track on the classic Hammond and leslie that took up all of the space in his suburban home.