Meet the Band

Richmond, VA based Mystic Blue was formed in September 2018, as a rebrand of the former band Infinite Monkey Theorem (2015).  Founded by the lead guitarist, Gabriel Metzger, the musicians in Mystic Blue represent over 50 years of combined experience in a number of music genres.

Mystic Blue is a guitar driven, female-fronted Blues Rock band with a soulful groove featuring vocalist Apollonia Morris who really brings the energy and fun, not to mention touring experience with Grammy winning artist; and 15 year old Gabriel Metzger on lead guitar (rated top 10 under 20 at Dallas International Guitar Festival in 2018).  Delivering the funk and soul on bass is Army Veteran Vell Sims and holding everything down is Debbie Flood, who has toured nationally with five time grammy nominated musicians.  This group believes in spreading joy to the people through music and is sure to make the crowd feel the love of music!

The band is working on originals and they are looking forward to putting together their first EP in 2019.  Please make sure you check out our music, list of upcoming shows and join our mailing list to keep in touch!

 

APOLLONIA MORRIS, LEAD VOCALS

APOLLONIA MORRIS, LEAD VOCALS

Apolz (Apollonia Kotero Morris), is a singer/songwriter from Stuart, VA, inspired by artists such as Creed, Rihanna, Jimmy Hendrix, Lady Gaga and Beyonce.Apolz blasts the competition not only with her intoxicating voice, but as an all around star; by modeling for live and digital media including YouTube videos, viral messaging chains, hosting "2 Beyond TV" on Comcast channel 95, and starring in her first Indie film (I'm Back On) inspired from her new single. 

Apolz brings a sweet but sassy persona to the stage creating a loyal fan base and following, rivaling any up and coming female artist in the DMV Area. Outside the borders of her home in Richmond, Apolz has performed on tour with renowned artist such as Sean Paul, Chrisette Michelle, Mr. Cheeks, Kevin Hart and Salt-N-Peppa.

Apolz has built a strong resume of show performances singing at The National Theater, Paradise Lounge, Landmark Theater, Kanawha Plaza, 17th St. Farmers Market, and the Annex.  Check out her latest release of G Cord on CD Baby.

Apolz on SoundCloud and Facebook.

GABRIEL METZGER, LEAD GUITAR

GABRIEL METZGER, LEAD GUITAR

Gabriel Metzger may be young in age, but he is an old soul at heart.  He developed his love of blues from the start of his musical journey and it has only grown stronger over the years.

Gabriel showed interest in music at a very young age.  His father often tells of how he confiscated his CD collection at the age of three and would play one CD after another for hours.  At the age of five he asked to take guitar lessons, but was encouraged by the instructor to start with piano.  After 18 months he added guitar lessons.  While guitar remains his main focus, Gabriel can play a number of other instruments such as piano, mandolin, bass and drums.  He recently started adding vocals to his repertoire as well.  His musical influences began with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, SRV and Led Zeppelin.  He is also a really big fan of Alter Bridge, Slash and Joe Satriani.  His more recent influences include Joe Bonamassa, Eric Gales, Gary Clark Jr. and Marcus King.

Don't be fooled by his stoic nature on stage; this young man can lay down the blues with the best of them and he plays with a maturity beyond his years.  In 2018 he was selected as one of the Top 10 Under 20 at the Dallas International Guitar Festival.  When he is not busy with school and his band at home in Virginia, he enjoys music camps such as Roots Rock Revival, G4 Experience, and the Pinetop Perkins Music Camp.  He also visits Nashville as often as possible, sitting in with bands like Mike Hayes and the Hustle at BB Kings.  Gabriel is currently writing his own music and hopes to put out his first EP in the very near future.

In the meantime you can find him on Facebook and YouTube.

VELL SIMMS, BASS

VELL SIMMS, BASS

Lovell "Vell" Sims hales from Ohio, but music and his service to this country has taken him around the world.  Vell began playing bass 21 years ago in a Tejano Band,  Vell has served in the US Army for 15 years including three combat deployments.  He has been stationed in Germany, Kentucky, New York and Washington.

While in Germany he played in several bands that performed all over Europe.  He was part of the Army Europe Band and Chorus where he played both bass and drums.  They traveled to Ukraine, Poland, Austria, France, Budapest, Slovakia and the Czech Republic performing.

One of his most exciting opportunities in Germany was playing in a  band with Waldo Weathers, a baritone saxophone player from James Brown's band.

DEBBIE FLOOD, DRUMS

DEBBIE FLOOD, DRUMS

Debbie Flood has been performing since age 13. She is an accomplished musician who has toured nationally and locally for three decades. Debbie grew up in New Jersey and at a young age was exposed to many musical genres ranging from marching band to orchestra/pit orchestra to jazz band to rock bands. She can both read music and play by ear. 

Early in her playing she would spend hours and hours practicing by listening to records and playing along to such artists as Pat Benatar, Blondie, Led Zeppelin, and countless others. She also was the lead snare drummer in high school and continued to play while attending college. 

Following college she auditioned for the band Disappear Fear, who she toured with nationally for a year. She played such venues as 9:30 Club, Bluebird Cafe, the Bitter End, the Birchmere, South by Southwest Music Festival, the High Sierra Mountain Music Festival and Mountain Stage to name a few. 

More recently she has continued touring with Roni Lee who has a Gold album for her work with Joan Jett and the Runaways. With Roni she has performed at many incredible venues including the infamous Whisky-A-Gogo. The highlight of the tours with Roni was working with the GRRRRLLLSS ROCK organization located in Portland, Oregon hoping to inspire a new generation of female musicians. 

Debbie has been a longtime advocate for woman and girl musicians. She also supports Richmond Girls Rock by giving her time and donating equipment.

To learn more about Debbie check her out at DFloodDrums and Facebook