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Thanks to all the bands, blues artists and blues fans that have joined us  at RCBS events. Here's a list of past shows. Also check out our media gallery for more pictures and videos.

Don't miss an upcoming event...check out our Local Blue Events section for dates and showtimes.

 


 

 Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames 

 

Friday October 25th
7:30 pm to 11:00 pm 

Location: Goodfellas Pizza & Pub 1414 N. 8th Street  Pekin, Il

Admission: $6.00 per Person
                      $4.00 RCBS members

 

 

Dave started "Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames" in 1988 with Little Ed's Blessing and they came out with their first CD "Roughrockin' in Chicago", on Parsifal Records in Belgium, and Dave toured Europe, Canada and Japan with his own band. Little Ed joined Dave's band twice for two years each time and the second time they recorded for Earwig Music, "Keep on Walkin'", and this brought them overseas again, as well as local, regional, and national gigs. When Ed went back to his band he was replaced by the great Abb Locke, legendary sax man who is in the band today with Jeff Taylor and Herman Applewhite. They continue working every week since the band was formed in 1988, and Dave made his first UK tour in 2005, with the second to closing slot at the Maryport Blues Festival, going full circle by opening up for Hubert Sumlin and the Legendary Blues Band!


         Bryan Lee and The Blues Power Band from New Orleans 

Wednesday July 24th

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission $6.00
$4.00 RCBS members
 

 

 

 

 

 

 The man now known as “Braille Blues Daddy” started out playing for Midwest crowds at the early age of 15. One of many highlights of Bryan Lee’s career would be performing at BB King’s 80th Birthday in 2005, as well as being a special guest on the KWS “Blues from the Back roads, 10 Days Out” (2007). In 2010; Bryan was nominated for a Grammy Award (“Live! In Chicago” with KWS and Friends) and won a BMA for Best Rock Blues Album (“Live! In Chicago” with KWS and Friends). In 2012 Bryan played his 26th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and along The Blues Power Band to a packed tent.

 

 

Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin Altar Boys from Chicago 

Friday June 28th

7:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission $6.00
$4.00 RCBS members

 

 

 

 

 

Bringing crowds to their feet at the hardest to please and sophisticated night clubs in the Midwest, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys play traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and the three Kings.

  

 

 

 Laurie Morvan Band from California 

Wednesday June 19th

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission $6.00
$4.00 RCBS members
 

 

 

 

After winning the Blues Foundation Award for Best Self-Produced CD at the 2010 International Blues Challenge, the Laurie Morvan Band lit up the stage in their very own half-hour TV special, which continues to air nationwide on the Big Ten Network. The band's successful coast to coast touring includes performances at festivals, city events and clubs throughout the USA and Canada, the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, and later in 2012 their first European Tour. The LMB made their first big splash on the national blues scene at the 2008 International Blues Challenge, where they were a Top 10 Finalist in the live band competition, while simultaneously their CD, Cures What Ails Ya, was a Top 5 Finalist for the Best Self-Produced CD Award. 

  

 

 

 

 

               Dave Chastain DC3 from Central Illinois 

Friday May 24th

7:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission $6.00
$4.00 RCBS members

 

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Dave Chastain's latest musical project is scaled back in size, but not in sound. Chastain is a staple of the local music scene. But he also has another project on the side these days: DC3. "It's a big sounding trio, "People hear the name DC3 and they think of a little jazz trio playing in the corner. This is nothing like that." DC3 has been making the rounds at local watering holes. The band is made up of Roger "Curly" Hendrickson on keyboards and bass; drummer Jimmy Willis; and Chastain on guitar. The band, which formed in January, is labeled a blues outfit for labeling's sake, but they play jazz, rock, country, and just about anything else that strikes their fancy.





The Scott Holt Band
 From Tennessee 

Wednesday May 8th

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission $6.00
$4.00 RCBS members

 

 

 

 

 

The American South has an incredibly rich musical legacy – the genesis of Jazz, cradle of Rock and Roll and birthplace of The Blues. Lanky, tattooed Tennessean, Scott Holt has been a bearer of the Blues torch for his entire career. Born and raised in Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi, Scott was “touring before I was touring! My family moved a lot when I was little so I’ve lived all over the area where my favorite music was born and developed.” After beginning his musical journey relatively late, at 19 years old, Holt jumped on the fast-track by joining his friend and mentor Buddy Guy and playing guitar for 10 years during the most successful period of the Legend’s career.


 

 


 

 Chicago Kingsnakes from Chicago 

Wednesday April 10th

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission $6.00
$4.00 RCBS members

 

 

 

 

 

The Chicago Kingsnakes were formed in 1983 by guitarist / vocalist James Anderson. He started playing guitar at the age of 8 on a homemade instrument crafted from a cigar box, rubber bands and thumb tacks. A lifelong resident of Chicago, he received his musical education on the city's infamous south side, where he played with the likes of guitar greats Buddy Guy, Albert King, Lefty Dizz and Son Seals, harmonica legends James Cotton and Junior Wells and the Queen of The Blues, Koko Taylor. James has toured the nation with Sun, Chess, Bobbin, Stax and Malaco recording artist Little Milton. Anderson also played guitar with Johnny Twist's Rocka-Boogie Blues Band touring the Midwest for three years.

 
 

 

 


 

 

RIVER CITY BLUES SOCIETY EVENT

                   JP Soars & The Red Hots from Florida 

Friday March 29th

7:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission $6.00
$4.00 RCBS members

 

 

 

 

 

JP Soars and the Red Hots, the 2009 International Blues Challenge winner, is a trio of talented musicians that each brings something special to the band. JP Soars is not a typical blues guitarist. He has a diverse musical background that encompasses a multitude of influences. " I love T-bone Walker, Jesse May Hemphill, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Muddy Waters, Johnny Guitar Watson, Guitar Slim and Louis Jordan. But I also love Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Hank Williams, Black Sabbath and Slayer." Soars toured the globe and recorded several records with some of the most extreme metal bands in the world before finding his home in the blues! It is these attributes that are giving Soars an instantaneously recognizable style. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Alex Jenkins & The Bombers from Champaign 

Wednesday March 13th

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission $6.00
$4.00 RCBS members

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Jenkins & the bombers is a rhythm & blues based blues band. In a time when bands are calling themselves a blues band but have a rock and roll sound Alex Jenkins & the bombers stays true to their roots of soul and R & B. From the first song until the last song the band will have the audience jumping to their feet to tapping their toes. The Band Consists of Veteran Guitar Player/Vocalist Alex "Wayne" Jenkins, Brother Tim Jenkins on Drums/Vocals, Mike Crisp/Bass Guitar. Alex grew up on Chicago’s south west side within walking distance of the famous Maxwell St. It is there that he got his first exposure to blues music peering through windows of the blues clubs watching Muddy Waters, Howling wolf, Buddy Guy and others playing the blues. At age 13 is when he started playing guitar in local bands all throughout the 60’s in what was called old town. After moving out to Los Angeles for a few years Alex came back to the Midwest and spent the next several years playing and touring all throughout the US And Canada performing in roadhouses, theatre’s and festivals. Alex then moved to Nashville where he lived from 1996-2002. While there, he played in blues bands and also hosted a pro blues jam in downtown Nashville. Alex decided to return to the Midwest to his roots and to form Alex Jenkins & The Bombers. The band is currently writing and getting ready to release their new debut cd due out in spring 2012.


 



 

 Harper & The Midwest Kind from Australia 

Wednesday February 6th

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission $6.00
$4.00 RCBS members

 

 

 

 

 

An amalgamation of blues, rock, funk, soul and world music, Australian singer/ songwriter "Harper" creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. By combining traditional and modern influences, borowing from Western and Aboriginal music, Harper has created a highly original take on the roots genre which many have labeled "World Blues". His innovative use of electronic enhancement and feedback, breaks the traditional boundaries of the harmonica, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects. The powerful guitar sounds and the unique drone of the didgeridoo create raw yet eerie sonic textures, some how sounding primal and contemporary at the same time. No Depression Magazine,'s Rod Ames, adds that Harper " has written and arranged some of the most soulful blues rock filled music I've heard in quite sometime". . Harper's new CD “Live at the Blues Museum” (Release date, April 16, 2012- PdHarp Records) was recorded on a cold wintery night on Saturday December 17, 2011 at Canada’s only Blues Museum, Place, Concorde, Windsor, Canada. This was a very special evening for Harper as he was inducted into the Blues Museum Hall of Fame before a packed house of rabid music fans. This is also Harper’s first live CD in 10 years and it has proven to be worth the wait. This new CD features 15 original tracks, over 75 minutes of playing from his three Blind Pig Releases “Stand Together” (2010), “Day By Day” (2007), “Down To The Rhythm” (2005) and his two independent releases: “Way Down Deep Inside” (2003) and “Glass On The Stepping Stone” (2000). “Live at the Blues Museum” gives the listener a portal to the magic that happens at a Harper concert. Rambles Magazine describes Harper as “a master Chicago-style harmonica player“. 

 

 

 

 

 

RIVER CITY BLUES SOCIETY EVENT

INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE SEND OFF PARTY

 

 

 Jimmy Nick & Don't Tell MaMa from Chicago 

Friday January 25th

7:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission $6.00
$4.00 RCBS members

  

Jimmy Nick is an old fashioned, guitar-slinging blues prodigy who was developing his chops in famous Chicago clubs when he was only sixteen. That time spent at places like The Kingston Mines, Rosa’s Lounge, and Blues on Halstead, combined with his boundless energy and stage presence, has developed him into force that is taking the Chicago club and blues scene by storm. Backed by his band Don’t Tell Mama, which includes Chris Parsons (guitar), Lowell Todd (bass), Joel Baer (drums) and Ben Thompson (Sax), Jimmy Nick combines his massive talent and stage theatrics with high-energy blues and rock and roll for one of the best live shows around.



 

 

 

                                James Armstrong  from California 

Wednesday January 9th

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission $5.00
$3.00 RCBS members

 

 

 

Guitarist, singer and songwriter James Armstrong was born to play the blues. His mother was a blues singer. His father played jazz guitar. Born in Los Angeles, California, Armstrong formed his first band in the seventh grade and by the age of 17 he was touring the country. Today he travels the world and continues to infuse his voice and guitar playing with his unique personality and seasoned skills. Seen live, Armstrong has a confident stage presence that combines grace with mischief. Few blues artists know how to play the crowd as James can, shifting dynamics from a whisper to a growl. Wherever he travels around the world his magnetism continues to hush a noisy rabble or entice a crowd to follow him out into the street or down the length of a beach. Little wonder he's been dubbed: The Ambassador of the Blues

 

 

River City Blues Society
Membership Appreciation Party

Rob Williams and The Soggy Bottom Blues Band
with opening act Chris Stevens
from Central Illinois
 

Friday December 21st

7:00 pm to 11:00pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission: $5.00 General Public
$3.00 RCBS members

 

 

 

Rob Williams and the Soggy Bottom Blues Band, a four-piece group with Rob Williams on guitar and lead vocals, Rob’s son Enrico Williams on bass, Marion Kuziner on guitar and “Fly” Tyrone Burns on drums, love to play the blues. So much that they often don’t stop between songs, but cruise into one song after another. They talk to the crowd as it should be done-as they play, saying such lines as, “Thanks ya’ll…we appreciate the tips…we appreciate the applause…we just appreciate.” The band covers the favorites but it comes off so fresh with three part harmonies and such tight playing you would swear they were conjoined triplets. Their infectious rhythms will get the crowd on their feet

 

 



Live shows and recording sessions keep Chris busy as he embraces the challenge of both crafting and covering songs with a focus on melody blended with the flair of skilled musicianship. Chris has played on EVERY primary festival stage in central Illinois including: Miller Lite Illinois Blues fest, Budweiser Grand Nationals, Summer Camp, Taste of Peoria and a stint as the guitar player for the touring cast of Hairspray at the Peoria Civic Center.Chris co-founded the successful Blues-Rock trio LIAR’S DICE. He co-wrote, the songs, played the guitars and sang on the self-titled album. Co-produced with Toby Wright, recording engineer for producer Ted Templeman, the album contained the original song Don’t Change the Answer, which climbed to #2 on KSYM-FM in San Antonio, Texas. The song also reached #4 on WWVU-FM in Charleston, West Virginia. Two other songs on the album, a cover of the Ides of March Vehicle and another original song Like-A-Roller both climbed to #5 on WERG-FM in Erie, Pennsylvania.


The 2013 River City Blues Society
International Blues Challenge Entry

Jimmy Nick & Don't Tell MaMa
from Chicago

Friday November 23th

7:30 pm to 11:00pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission: $5.00 General Public
$3.00 RCBS members

 



Jimmy Nick is an old fashioned, guitar-slinging blues prodigy who was developing his chops in famous Chicago clubs when he was only sixteen. That time spent at places like The Kingston Mines, Rosa’s Lounge, and Blues on Halstead, combined with his boundless energy and stage presence, has developed him into force that is taking the Chicago club and blues scene by storm. Backed by his band Don’t Tell Mama, which includes Chris Parsons (guitar), Lowell Todd (bass), Joel Baer (drums) and Ben Thompson (Sax), Jimmy Nick combines his massive talent and stage theatrics with high-energy blues and rock and roll for one of the best live shows around.



 

The Legendary John Primer from Chicago

Wednesday November 7th

7:00 pm to 10:00pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission: $7.00 General Public
$5.00 RCBS members

 

As the title of his critically acclaimed CD suggests, Grammy Award Nominee and Handy Award Nominee, John Primer is truly "The Real Deal". At 8 years old, John borrowed his first guitar and started to strum. With the sounds of Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Little Milton, Elmore James, B.B. & Albert King reverberating through his Grandmother Laura Nell's tube radio, John was instantly hooked. He was fascinated with Blues music and set forth on a lifelong path of becoming a musical force. Early inspiration came from his family steeped in spiritual, gospel, and R&B tradition. As a young boy, John first appeared on stage at the local Baptist church, and went on to play at house parties and fish fry's in and around his hometown of Camden, Mississippi. Fresh off the heels of his great success with the Muddy Waters Band, John signed on with the legendary Magic Slim. For the next 14 years, he toured with Magic Slim & The Teardrops, bringing tight, house-rocking sounds to every corner of the earth. But John's days as a sideman were numbered with his solo career taking off in the early to mid-90s with the critically acclaimed album "Stuff You Got To Watch," for Earwig Music in '93, and in '95 the veteran blues man released the critically acclaimed "The Real Deal," on Code Blue. He has since toured extensively in support of his ten solo albums to date. With John Primer's strong traditionalist blues phrasing and lightning fast slide techniques, few artists can match him. A master storyteller and songwriter, his catalog of songs is endless and his sound is unforgettable. John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band continues to electrify audiences at clubs and festivals around the world, and remain a driving force in the world of Blues music today.

 



Michael Charles from Austrialia

Wednesday October 10th

7:00 pm to 10:00pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission: $5.00

 



 

 

 

Born in Victoria, Australia, Michael Charles picked up his first guitar at the tender age of five, tutored by his father, and a spark ignited that fired him on to produce numerous singles and albums totaling twenty six releases thus far. In the height of his Australian career, Charles received a request from the management of long time hero, Mr. Buddy Guy, to come to America and perform on stage at Buddy Guy’s Legends! A true highlight of his career, this two week trip has lasted for 18 years. Along with performing with the likes of Buddy Guy, Phil Guy, James Cotton, Willie Cobbs, Junior Wells, Eddy Clearwater, Michael also took his own band and made his way to the stages of the Chicago Blues Fest, New Orleans Jazz and Blues Festival, Philadelphia Blues Fest, Memphis Tennessee Crossroads Conference, New Orleans Cutting Edge Conference, Route 66 Summer Festival, Taste of River North, Taste of Midway. Catfish Days Festival, Wilmington Blues Fest, JK Harrison's November's Blues, Round Lake Streets of Summer Festival, Maywood, Blues Festival, Ship & Shore Festival, Arizona Blind and Deaf Children's Foundation fundraiser, Maywood Family Fest, Pako Fest, Homestead Blues Festival, Arlington Heights Frontier Days, Bolingbrook Festival, and a host of others.

 

 

Studebaker John from Chicago

Wednesday September 19th

7:00 pm to 10:00pm

Goodfellas in Pekin, Illinois
1414 N. 8th Street

Admission: $5.00

 

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the ‘70s. The band name referenced the Studebaker Hawk, a car Grimaldi still owns today, and was also intended as a tribute to his friend, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks. John began playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. “…Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine. He was versatile and powerful and would play rhythm as well as leads. I left there knowing what I wanted to do. I had to play slide guitar.”

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Chris Beard Band  •  From New York

http://chrisbeard1.com/drupal/

                                              
  
    Wednesday August 8th 

              
Goodfellas in Pekin -  7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  1414 N 8th St.
  

 

   Admission $5.00  General Public
            $3.00 Members 


 When you grow up in a house filled with the blues, when your father grew up on Beale Street, when music was in your DNA, then blues is who you are and what you do. Chris Beard is a modern blues guitarist and singer like few others. His personal connections to the blues were forged with the living blues men he’s sat with since childhood. Born in 1957, Beard is the son of Joe Beard, a fine blues guitarist who grew up on Beale Street in the 1950’s before moving to Rochester, NY. When family friends like Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Buddy Guy stopped by, young Chris became their willing pupil. After years playing the clubs in and around Rochester, Chris was offered the opportunity to record. In 1998, he released his debut recording, Barwalkin’, on JSP Records. That record earned Beard a W.C. Handy nomination as Best New Blues Artist. Chris produced his follow-up disc, Born to Play the Blues in 2001 to the critical acclaim of the blues press and earned Beard the title, Prince of the Blues. Then, in 2005, Beard released Live Wire, a stirring combination of live and studio performances for Northern Blues “Blues is my roots,” says Chris. “I grew up as Joe Beard’s son in the house of the blues. I grew up around Buddy Guy and Matt Murphy. The influence of Buddy has been major. All he has to say to me is ‘Keep on doing what you’re doing.’ Matt always told me that the guitar has to become an extension of you. That will always stick with me.” But on this new record, Beard, a world class guitarist, devoted time and energy into establishing his unique and compelling voice.

 


Laurie Morvan Band  •  From California
http://www.lauriemorvan.com/

                                              
  
    Wednesday July 25th 

              
Goodfellas in Pekin -  7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  1414 N 8th St.
  

   Admission $5.00  General Public
            $3.00 Members 

 

             

 How do you top winning the 2010 Blues Foundation Award for Best Self-Produced CD at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN? Light up the stage in your own 30 minute nationwide TV special titled, “Laurie Morvan Band: Nothing But The Blues”, which aired on the Big Ten Network. The band had a very successful Coast to Coast Tour in 2011 which included festival and club dates throughout the USA and Canada, and was capped off by performing on the October 2011 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. House of Blues Radio Hour selected the Laurie Morvan Band as their “Blues Breaker” artist of the week for a second time in 2010. Other accolades for the band include being named WINNER 2008 Blues Artist on the Rise, being a FINALIST in the 2008 International Blues Challenge live band competition, and having their previous release, Cures What Ails Ya, be a Top 5 FINALIST for the 2008 Blues Foundation Award for Best Self-Produced CD. The band’s newest release, Breathe Deep, follows the lead of their award winning previous releases. “Scary good. Get out of the business good. Why everyone doesn’t know about this woman or her rocking blues band is beyond me. But then again, we’re talking about the music industry.” - Bill Scheft, head writer for the David Letterman show.


 

                                        Peter Karp and Sue Foley  •  From Texas

                                         http://www.karpfoley.com/
  

 

Wednesday July 18th

                        Goodfellas in Pekin -  7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
                                                            1414 N 8th St.
  
 

Admission $5.00 

 

On the heels of Blind Pig recording artists Peter Karp and Sue Foley's 2010 critically acclaimed and artistically daring collaboration "He Said - She Said" comes their next exciting CD: "Beyond The Crossroads." A high voltage, plank spankin', piano boogyin', slide guitar stompin' blues-rockin' CD that showcases 12 brilliantly crafted and unique original compositions that have become the trademark of these two noted singer-songwriter guitarists. "Beyond The Crossroads" is a loud celebration of triumph over tragedy, optimism over despair and faith over hopelessness. It delivers on the promise of their groundbreaking, critically acclaimed 2010 song-cycle, "He Said - She Said"; an inspired and compelling anthology of original songs, adapted from long distance letters and e-mails the two shared over a particularly difficult and dark period in their lives. "Beyond The Crossroads" marks the newest chapter in the Karp-Foley collaboration. Recorded in the US and Canada it features their road band, Mike Catapano on drums and Niles Terrat on bass, as well as some old friends and band mates. Look for Peter, Sue and band touring through your area from Spring/Summer 2012.


 

   Lionel Young Band  From Colorado
  with Opening Act The Govenor

          
  

 

    Friday June 22th 
              
Goodfellas in Pekin -  7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  1414 N 8th St.
  

   Admission $5.00 

 

             

 Lionel Young is a high energy performer with a bent for the blues. His LIONEL YOUNG BAND, winners of numerous awards for best in and around the Colorado region, has won the 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC) band competition. Added to his victory at the 2008 IBC in the solo-duo category, that makes Lionel Young the first double champion in the history of the IBC.
Fans of the driven, classically trained Young, love his distinctive brand of blues on the electric violin. His show features not only Young originals but interpretations of blues classics by Willie Dixon, Leadbelly and Stevie Ray Vaughan, features the strength and passion of Young’s playing, as well as his smooth vocals and unique translations. The songs, which include his award-winning composition ” Brown Cloud Over Denver” and “Hey, O.J.,” a controversial little gem, alternately stir up social concerns and soothe the weary soul. It’s prime. It’s fun. It’s Lionel Young.

 

 

 

 
 

         Matt Curry & The Fury  • From Central Illinois

Friiday May 25th 
              Goodfellas in Pekin -  7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
1414 N 8th St.  

 Admission $5.00 Non-members
            $3.00 Members  

 

 

 Matthew Curry and The Fury deliver energized blues along with great show. Matthew, at 16 and already a veteran performer, is astonishing audiences with his lead guitar playing, original songs, and soulful voice.

Matthew Curry is backed by The Fury, pro players including Greg Neville, (drums) and Jeff Paxton (bass).

Their debut CD, "If I Don’t Got You", also features a horn section, background vocals, blazing guitar solos, solid lyrics and well-crafted melodies that highlight Matthew’s versatility. Influences include Sonny Landreth, Albert Collins, ZZ Top and Joe Bonamassa. Larger venues would include the big band.

 

 

 

   Matt Hill & The Deep Fryed Two• From St Louis 

          http://www.reverbnation.com/MATTHILLDF2 
 

 

Wednesday May 9th 
              
Goodfellas in Pekin -  7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
1414 N 8th St.
  

 Admission $5.00 Non-members
            $3.00 Members
  
  

 


2011 Blues Music Awards Winner and one of the most talked about and electric acts on the scene today. Onstage Hill is uninhibited driving audiences wild with his “whatever it takes” boundless stage antics. His voice, guitar playing, and magnetic energy surely will take him straight to the top. North Carolina native Hill started playing guitar when he was 12, and thanks to his Uncle Pat started digging deep into American Roots Music. While in high school Matt started going to blues jams, where he met drummer Chuck Cotton. Chuck had played with Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters Band alumnus.) In 2004 Matt started a band with Chuck, and they won the local competition that would send them to the 2005 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. In September 2010 the Vizztone Label Group released Matt's debut album ON THE FLOOR which received great reviews and in May 2011 won the award for Best New Artist Debut at the Blues Music Awards (formally the W.C. Handy Awards) in Memphis TN. A couple months later Matt was also nominated for two awards at the Blues Blast Awards in Chicago IL. "Best New Artist Debut" and the "Sean Costello Rising Star Award."

 

 

 

  Johnny Rawls • From Mississippi 

                                                       http://www.johnnyrawlsblues.com    

          

 

Friday April 27th 
              
Goodfellas in Pekin -  7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
1414 N 8th St.
  

 Admission $5.00 Non-members
            $5.00 Members
 

  

 

Since his critically acclaimed breakout album, No Boundaries, Johnny has recorded Red Cadillac (2008) and Ace of Spades ( 2009) on the Catfood Records label as well as Heart and Soul (2006), nominated for BMA Soul Album of the Year, on his own Deep South Soul label. Red Cadillac was nominated for Soul Album of the Year and Johnny was nominated for Male Soul Artist of the Year at the 2009 Blues Music Awards. Red Cadillac reached #1 on the blues radio airplay charts and stayed in the top 20 for three months. It was the Living Blues Critics' Choice as Southern Soul Album of the Year. Ace of Spades has essentially the same songwriting team and same backing musicians, including the Rays, as Red Cadillac. The title song, Ace of Spades, is a tribute to his mentor, O.V. Wright

 

 

 

 

                                                       Sean Chambers  •  From Florida 

 

Wednesday April 11th 
              
Goodfellas in Pekin -  7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
1414 N 8th St.
  

 Admission $5.00 Non-members
            $5.00 Members
  

 



Like most guitar players with a developing taste for Blues-Rock guitar, Sean grew up listening to the likes of Johnny Winter, the three Kings (BB, Freddie, & Albert), Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Billy Gibbons to name a few. Chambers was particularly inspired by the legendary sounds of Jimi Hendrix. In fact, it was Hendrix's catalogue that the young Chambers studied in depth, which has had a noticeable influence on his tone and touch. Sean doesn't merely play the guitar as much as he boldly attacks the instrument with a fluid ferocity and attitude that has gained the attention of the major guitar magazines worldwide.

Over the last 15 years, Chambers has continued to evolve through regular touring, not only honing his guitar mastery, but also refining his vocal and songwriting talents along the way. In October 1998, Chambers released his critically acclaimed debut recording Strong Temptation which captured the attention of both fans and critics alike. Since then, Chambers has had a number of milestones in his career, one of which was becoming the musical director and guitarist for the legendary Hubert Sumlin of Howlin' Wolf fame. Touring the world with Sumlin for almost five years, they performed before sellout crowds at stadiums, theaters, clubs and festivals in the US, Europe, Japan, and Canada, building a worldwide fan base along the way.

http://www.seanchambers.com/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZTFH44kiEs

 

 

Albert Castiglia • From Miami Florida 

 March 28th 
              
Goodfellas in Pekin -  7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
1414 N 8th St.
  

 Admission $5.00 Non-members
            $3.00 Members
  



Albert Castiglia (pronounced “ka-STEEL-ya”)  is Keepin On – and much more.   With the release of Castiglia’s  5th CD Keepin On, August 2010 on Blues Leaf Records  (his third CD on this label), Albert is doing exactly what the title of the CD suggests.      Having opened for ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop, and The Radiators, he’s quickly becoming a favorite high energy performer at festivals across the country. 

His 2008 CD, These are the Days (Blues Leaf Records), contained five original Albert Castiglia songs, including a tribute to his mentor Junior Wells, “Godfather of the Blues.”  The cover songs from These are the Days paid tribute to a wide range of styles and artists from Bob Dylan, Nappy Brown and Fenton Robinson. These are the Days earned him a Blues Music Award nomination for “Song of the Year” for his original, “Bad Year Blues.”  Castiglia was nominated again by the Illinois Blues Blast Awards and this time walked away a winner for “Song of the Year” for “Bad Year Blues,” as well as being nominated for the “Sean Costello Rising Star Award.”  


 

 

 

 

Hurricane Ruth • From Springfield Illinois 

March 23th 
              Goodfellas in Pekin -  8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
1414 N 8th St. 
 

 Admission $5.00 Non-members
            $3.00 Members  

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Ruth has created their own brand of blues, they call it power blues. It can be described as raw, emotional, and dynamic. The "power" seeps into everything they do, from their original music to their live shows. The epitome of power blues is Hurricane Ruth herself. Ruth is a captivating performer, who will grab your attention from note one, and never let you go! Willie Dixon once told her "she was the only hurricane he could appreciate". Ruth is joined by David Lumsden (guitar), Gary Davis(bass), and Jim Engel (drums). These excellent musicians are the perfect complement to Ruth's vocals. Hurricane Ruth is a "power”ful blues experience that you won't soon forget!

 

 

 

                     

 

Bill Porter • From Central Illinois 

February 24th 
              Goodfellas in Pekin -  7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
1414 N 8th St. 
 

 Admission $5.00 Non-members
            $3.00 Members  


 

 

 

Originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago, Bill has performed all across the USA and is a rock n roll veteran.  Crowds can dance to this band.  BP doesn't do screaming heavy metal or rap.  Bill Porter's music is blues-based rock n roll.  Bill's live sets include songs from his many CD's, as well as a few classic, danceable covers by the Rolling Stones, Hendrix, Albert/Freddie/BB King, SRV, Bob Segar, Beatles and more. BP says,  "My idea of a good musical night is when everyone gets involved and forgets their worries.  If I see people smiling and dancing to my music, then that's what it's all about. If you book my band, you get no hassles and no attitudes. We're going to make your night a good one." When you look at Bill's crowd, you will see smiling faces and toes tapping. Bill's guitar style is a bluesy-funky-hard driving style that borrows heavily from Hendrix and Clapton. Bill's music incorporates a percussive rhythmic influence because he took drum lessons since second grade (1962) through Jr high school.  Bill's first recital in 1962: Camptown Ladies Sing This Song, do dah, do dah... seriously!  Legendary bluesman BB King, John Lee Hooker, Freddy & Albert King, and Robin Trower were also major influences.  Muddy Waters & Styx played Bill's high school Senior Prom!  John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Paul Rogers and Stevie Wonder are some of Bill's favorite singers.

 


http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=22673


 

 January 25th
 
 The Sugar Prophets • From Champaign

The 2011 River City Blues Society IBC Challenge Winner Send-Off Party

              Goodfellas in Pekin -  7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
1414 N 8th St.

 Admission $5.00 Non-members
            $3.00 Members  


 

 

 

*2011 International Blues Challenge Finalist**

The Sugar Prophets are an interesting amalgam of backgrounds and talent that have seemingly merged together in the right time, place, and groove. Their raw, intense energy and blue collar lyrics are both danceable and deep. Blending sounds across Blues, R&B, Rock, Funk, Country, Gospel, and Soul; The Sugar Prophets have the sound of a soul-inspiring locomotive heading straight to your door. Listen up and become a believer in this heartfelt message of amazing music.

 

http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=245242

 

 



 

 

 

  January 11th
 
 Brandon Santini • From Memphis

             Goodfellas in Pekin -  7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
1414 N 8th St.

 Admission $5.00 Non-members
           $3.00 Members
 

 


There are many different opinions as to what the future of blues harmonica will be. Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the next decade unfolds. His name is worthy of conversations that involve Jason Ricci, Billy Gibson, Dennis Gruenling, Rick Estrin and other frontline harmonica players that have become part of a new wave in the blues world. With tasteful speed and licks, he combines his respect to traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to Paul Butterfield, James Cotton, or Sonny Boy Williamson II. Raised in North Carolina, Brandon relocated to Memphis in 2003 where he began to absorb the sounds and culture of the Delta and north Mississippi Hill Country, honing his craft night after night, sweating it out in local Beale Street clubs just like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, & B.B. King. For seven years, Brandon fronted the Blues Music Award nominated band Delta Highway and has toured relentlessly throughout North America and has visited seven foreign countries (including a 2009 Bluzapalooza tour to Cairo, Egypt) bringing his distinct voice and playing style to music lovers everywhere throughout the world!

"a first rate professional, delivering the goods with an eclectic blend of styles."
-Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms / American Blues News
"a fine young singer, possessing soulful, deep-toned vocals with a slight drawl which enhances that soulfulness."
-East Side Slim / STL Blues
"a uniquely fresh touch to blues injecting it with excitement and masterful technique."
-Dorothy L. Hill

 
http://www.brandonsantini.com/

 

 


 

 

 December 17th
 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM • The Governor • From Peoria

            8:00 PM - 11:00 PM • Victor Wainwright & The Wildroots
                                             From Memphis 

 Membership Appreciation Party
Food & Snacks for Members

 Goodfellas in Pekin - Show starts at 7:30 PM
1414 N 8th St.

 Admission $5.00 Non-members
         & Members 

 

 

Power-house blues, Memphis soul, and roots rock’n’roll. Featuring the high-octane boogie piano and big soul sounds of vocalist and blues man Victor Wainwright, backed by one of the tightest smokin’ bands on the scene; the WildRoots.Victor, along with producer/bassist/co-writer Stephen Dees have teamed up once again to deliver a blues and American roots ‘tour de force’. In short, they have scored another musical Bull’s Eye! On the heals of their critically acclaimed debut release “Beale Street to the Bayou”; their new CD “Lit Up” is poised to ignite blues fans with a freshness and  flair that’s infectious and impossible to ignore. Victor Wainwright, singer, pianist, “hepcat” from Memphis, Tennessee by way of the Savannah, Georgia; is a raucous high-octane dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare. After earning what he calls a "double major in Boogie, a Ph.D. in Swing and a master's in Rhythm," the "Piana' from Savannah" is making a name for himself in a big way. Stephen Dees is a rock n' roll aficionado, touring and-or recording as bassist and vocalist for Hall and Oates, Todd Rundgren, Pat Travers, and Foghat to name a few. He was a Billboard and MTV char-tee with his band Novo Combo, and has received great acclaim for his original rock band "Bandees."   
The boogie blues "piana" player and savvy pop-rocker met in 2004 in Ormond Beach FL, where they were both on the bill of a benefit concert. Very impressed after hearing each other perform and finding that they had a common love for blues, R&B and roots rock ‘n’ roll out of the '50s and 60's, such as B.B. King, Ray Charles, James Brown, Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, Louis Jordan, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard; they discussed the possibility of collaborating on an original recording project for Victor; paying homage to the music that has influenced them. Dees agreed to produce and co-write what would become Wainwright's 2005 release, "Piana from Savannah". "...it's hard to follow the speed limit while this one's playing... Pinetop Perkins would be proud." [Backstage Pass Magazine]

 

 

 

 

November 30th at 7PM • Kilborn Alley Blues Band
CD Release Party

From Champaign 

 Goodfellas in Pekin - Show starts at 7PM
1414 N 8th St.

 Admission $5.00 Non-members
         $3.00 Members
 

 

The Kilborn Alley Blues Band

One guy who was there said people were running that he himself shot straight up out of the lawn chair he had parked in front of the main stage and ran to the blues festival tent where Kilborn Alley was playing. Two standing ovations later, Kilborn Alley laid down their instruments, champions of the gritty Chicago blues. A long time pro on the blues scene came out of the Bossman Blues Center in Chicago well after 2 a.m. shaking his head in awe over Kilborn Alley; that night was the first time in he couldn’t even remember how long he had stayed to hear a band’s last set. A blues and jazz club owner is blown away by the crowd response to Kilborn Alley. People are still coming up to him at Saturday breakfast, asking when he is having those guys back. Could he book them every month? The Kilborn Alley Blues Band is special. Kilborn Alley seems to be on the path to a bright blues future. But Kilborn Alley is, right now, the band you want to hear, the band that is going right straight ahead at the audience, pouring its energy into communicating with the crowd, not into musical chrome, buffing up their egos, diagnosing the state of the blues, or grubbing up some invisible career ladder. This is a real band, and they are blazing. Kilborn Alley has opened for Kenny Wayne Shepherd, T-Model Ford, Tommy Castro, and Artie “Blues Boy” White. They have been on the bill with the late Little Milton on three occasions, plus Sam Lay, Elvin Bishop, Lonnie Brooks, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, Delbert McClinton, the late Willie Kent, Michael Burks, Jody Williams, Denise LaSalle, Reneé Austin, Rita Chiarelli, Jimmy Burns, E.C. Scott, Roy Hytower, Cash McCall, Floyd Taylor, Mofro, and many others.

http://www.kilbornalley.com/


 

 

                              November 17th at 7PM • Cash Box Kings
                                             CD Release Party
 

 From  Chicago

Goodfellas in Pekin - Show starts at 7PM
1414 N 8th St.

                                  Admission $5.00 Non-members
                                                  $3.00 Members
 

 

 

 

Considered the "Young Turks" of the Chicago blues scene, the Cash box Kings are dedicated tare dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940's and 50's post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the 20’s and 30’s.  But these illustrious torch bearers also add a bravado, energy and freshness to the mix that results in a distinctive musical experience.  With a focus on the raw, stripped-down, ensemble playing that was the hallmark of the post-war sound, the band showcases the music of Chess Records and Sun Records while adding a healthy dose of original music that captures the essence of the Memphis and Chicago blues sounds of the 40’s and 50’s. The CBKs were just awarded the 2010 Blues Blast Music Magazine "Sean Costello Rising Star" Award and are regular headliners at Chicago venues like Buddy Guy's, Rosa's Lounge, Nick's and the Smoke Daddy. They have played several successful European tours and have headlined Euro festivals like the Lucerne Blues Festival and the Hondarribia Blues Festival.  They have also performed several times at the Chicago Blues Festival.  Their last two CDs, "I-94 Blues" and "Cuttin' Heads Live", both spent three consecutive months in the Top Ten of the Living Blues U.S. Radio Charts.  The CBKs have also performed and collaborated with Chicago blues giants like Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, Billy Boy Arnold, and Lurrie Bell.  Described as the "Young Turks" of the Chicago blues scene, the Cash Box Kings' recordings and live performances have earned them rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Although the lineup has changed over the last ten years, the Cash Box Kings are still anchored by Joe Nosek, Oscar Wilson, and Kenny 'Beedy Eyes' Smith. Son of the legendary Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (Muddy Waters' drummer from 1968-1981). The band is now joined by a rotating cast of newly crowned Kings including Billy Flynn (guitar, mandolin, vocals, and harmonica), Joel Paterson (guitar and vocals), Jimmy Sutton (upright bass and vocals), Beau Sample (upright bass and vocals), Chris "CB" Boeger (bass) and Mark Haines (drums). Barrelhouse Chuck, piano and vocals, also regularly performs with the group.

 

 


 


http://www.cashboxkings.com/

 

 

November 9th at 7PM • Big Dog Mercer

 From  Chicago

Goodfellas in Pekin - Show starts at 7PM
1414 N 8th St.

 Admission $5.00 Non-members
         $3.00 Members
 

 


 

 

 

 

 

For over a decade, Marty “Big Dog” Mercer’s heartfelt, southpaw blues and soulful voice has growled through the Chicago music scene. Mercer’s ability to combine emotional lyrics with aggressive slide guitar makes him an artist unlike any other. Earning his moniker from local blues favorites, the “Big Dog” has proven to be a talent no one saw coming. Hailing from Wisconsin, Mercer found his passion for music while playing his first instrument, a trombone, at the age of 8. By the time he was 17, Mercer was handed the instrument that would later change his life, an acoustic guitar. In the 1990’s, Mercer played in a four-piece band. After the band discussed adding a singer to the group as a fifth member, Mercer offered to try his hand at singing. As fate would have it, it was a risk worth taking. Mercer’s music career began in Northern Illinois where he played in a local Jam Night for over a year. While dealing with the struggles of life and developing his musical skills, Mercer found solace in the blues. As Mercer has said, “I’ve been told that a musician doesn’t pick the blues, the blues picks the musician. The blues grabbed me and never let me go.” Mercer followed the driving rhythm of the blues to the suburbs of Chicago where he started showing his face at local jam sessions. In no time at all, the “Big Dog” was born.
Since residing in Chicago, Mercer has shared the stage with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Billy Branch, L.V.Banks, Toronzo Cannon, Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Mud Morganfield (Muddy Waters Jr.), Lindsey Alexander, Mose Rutes, Nick Charles, Jimmy Burns, Brother John , Larry McCray, Chris Beard and Sharon Lewis, just to name a few.


http://www.bigdogmercer.com/fr_enter.cfm

 

 

 

October 26th at 7PM • Eddie Turner

 From  Colorado

Goodfellas in Pekin - Show starts at 7PM
1414 N 8th St.

 Admission $5.00 Non-members
         $3.00 Members
 

 


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“Otherworldly”, “scorching”, “polyrhythmic” and “chilling” have all been used to describe Eddie Turner’s guitar playing. His ethereal style is an amalgam of the Afro-Cuban rhythms of his heritage and the music that influenced him as a teenager: Chicago blues, jazz, r&b and psychedelic rock. The Cuban-born singer/guitarist cut his teeth in several rock bands contributing what Slate magazine describes as “spacey-yet-resounding solos.” Now he emerges for the first time as his own bandleader on Rise, which arrives in stores in February, 2005. Raised in Chicago, he moved to the Rockies in the early 70's to attend the University of Colorado. He played in the region’s first punk/r&b band The Immortal Nightflames, then with Grammy nominees Tracy Nelson, Mother Earth, and the 4-nikators, a group which has become legendary for its unique mix of soul, Motown, and rock. Turner got the chance to grab at the brass ring when Colorado compadre Tommy Bolin left his band Zephyr to form The James Gang and Deep Purple. He eagerly joined the hard rock, psychedelic, blues band as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. But, tragedy struck with the sudden death of Zephyr lead singer Candy Givens. Deeply shaken, Eddie decided to “grow up” by taking a hiatus from performing music to become a realtor in Denver. Then, in 1995 he rounded out the Otis Taylor Band adding what Guitar Player magazine describes as “otherworldly atmospherics (which) lend a decidedly cosmic ambience to Taylor’s sound.” Enhancing the spice and flavor of the trio, Eddie recorded five groundbreaking CDs, and toured the U.S. and Europe extensively. Today, Turner continues to evolve as an artist. With nominations from the Blues Music Awards & many others, for his CD's: Rise, the Turner Diaries and Miracles & Demons, all produced by Kenny Passarelli. Running the gamut between Blistering guitar to deep delta blues, each CD dazzles with the chops and techniques that Turner has developed over the course of his unique genre melding career. Its evolutionary music - and quite grown up indeed.

 

 

 


http://www.eddiedevilboy.com/


 

 



October 5th at 7PM • Chicago Kingsnakes

 From  Chicago

Goodfellas in Pekin - Show starts at 7PM
1414 N 8th St.

 Admission $5.00 Non-members
         $3.00 Members
 

  

 

The Chicago Kingsnakes were formed in 1983 by guitarist / vocalist James Anderson. He started playing guitar at the age of 8 on a homemade instrument crafted from a cigar box, rubber bands and thumb tacks. A lifelong resident of Chicago, he received his musical education on the city's infamous south side, where he played with the likes of guitar greats Buddy Guy, Albert King, Lefty Dizz and Son Seals, harmonica legends James Cotton and Junior Wells and the Queen of The Blues, Koko Taylor. James has toured the nation with Sun, Chess, Bobbin, Stax and Malaco recording artist Little Milton. Anderson also played guitar with Johnny Twist's Rocka-Boogie Blues Band touring the Midwest for three years. In 1992 The Kingsnakes befriended Byther Smith. The band has become "Smitty's" road band and has accompanied him on tours of the United States, Finland, The Netherlands and Canada. In addition they played on Byther's "I'm A Mad Man" CD on the Bullseye record label. On June 5th 1994 Byther Smith and The Kingsnakes performed on the Main Stage of the 11th Annual Chicago Bluesfest in Grant Park. This friendship is sustained by occasional tours with Byther. In 1998 The Kingsnakes released a CD of original material entitled "Blues Island" . The disk was very well received by the press. Blues Revue, a national blues magazine, called Blues Island "Essential". Chicago land’s The Beat, said "Blues Island magnificently captures the live feel and heart of blues in a studio setting". The Kingsnakes are poised to carry the blues torch into the 21st century by staying true to the music's traditions as well as writing new material to reflect the blues of today and tomorrow.

 

http://www.chicagokingsnakes.com/



 

 

 

September 7th at 7PM • Andrew "Junior Boy" Jones

 From  Texas

Goodfellas in Pekin - Show starts at 7PM
1414 N 8th St.

 $5.00 Admission 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 http://www.myspace.com/andrewjrboyjones



 

                                              

 

August 24th at 7PM • Bryan Lee

 From  New Orleans

Goodfellas in Pekin - Show starts at 7PM

 

 

 

http://www.braillebluesdaddy.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Special Event - Johnny Rawls BMA Winner

2 Big Shows

$5.00 Members  $7.00 Non-members

August 5th at 7PM Goodfellas Pekin 
August 6th at 7PM Apollo Theatre 311 S. Main St Peoria

From Mississippi

 

Johnny Rawls was born in Columbia, Mississippi in 1951 and raised in Purvis and Gulfport, Mississippi.  He acquired an early interest in music when hearing his grandfather play the blues guitar one Christmas morning.  He began playing professionally while still in high school with such stars as ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex and the Sweet Inspirations.  In the mid-70's, Johnny went to work for OV Wright as Wright's band director.  After Wright's death in 1980, Johnny led Little Johnny Taylor's band until 1985, when he began touring as a solo artist and made his first solo recording under the Rainbow label. Recording under Touch Records, Rooster Blues, Rock House, Reach and JSP Records, Johnny has done it all from producing, songwriting, horn arranging, Rhythm, Lead and Bass guitar, keyboard, vocals and background vocals.  Johnny started his own record company, Deep South Soul, in 2002 and has released his CD's Lucky Man, Live in Montana, and The Best of Johnny Rawls.  His newest CD entitled Heart and Soul was released in October 2006 and has been nominated for "Best Soul Blues Album of the Year (2007)" by the Blues Foundation.  No Boundaries was released under the TopCat, Catfood and Deep South Soul labels in 2005.Johnny has appeared on the cover of the April 2002 Living Blues Magazine and has been nominated four times for the W.C. Handy Award.  His most recent award came from the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame for RB Male Vocalist of the Year 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.johnnyrawlsblues.com/Home_Page.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 20th at 7PM • Rooster Alley Band 

From Central Illinois

Goodfellas in Pekin - Show starts at 7PM

 
 

 

  

Delta-grown, Chicago-cooked blues, served up Texas BBQ style!
Rooster Alley is a rockin' blues band from Central Illinois, made up of seasoned musicians who know how to entertain. Their house rockin' original blues comes straight from their soul. We play primarily our original material that was written based on our experiences. Our original music creates a positive atmosphere for the band members and the audience. Our positive energy mixed with the audience response is a phenomenal experience each and every time. Rooster Alley plans to continue to write and record our own music so that we can create our music catalog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 15th at 7PM • Lizzi Neal Band • 2010 River City Blues IBC Runner Up

From Rockford, Illinois

Goodfellas in Pekin - Show starts at 7PM

 

 

The Lizzi Neal Band from Rockford Illinois area brings a lot of different genres together. Blues, Rock, Jazz and Soul. If you are looking for something new that doesn't sound like anything else, The Lizzi Neal Band is the real deal. They put on a great show at the 2010 Blues Festival in Peoria on the 4th of September!! They have such a dynamic style and have a way of making each person feel you're playing just for them. Whatever "it" is they have it! They soothe the pressures this life hands us all and for a moment we can all let it go. Thanks for the passion music and talent for sharing it so well! Lizzi Neal is one of the Midwest best!

http://www.lizzinealband.com/

 

 

 

July 6th at 7PM • Laurie Morvon Band • 2010 Blues Foundation Award Winner

 

From California

Goodfellas in Pekin - Show starts at 7PM


                                                                        
   
www.lauriemorvan.com


Fire It Up is not just the title of Laurie Morvan's most recent disc, it could also be the motto of her business plan. It's a plan that demonstrates a conscience decision on how to grow steadily in this precarious business. When she fired it up, she traveled to Memphis in 2008 for the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge and placed in the ten finalists among 100 band entries. That same year, her debut CD, Cures What Ails Ya, placed 2nd in the Foundation's Best Self-Produced CD competition.

With that exposure under her guitar strap, Morvan returned to LA and hatched a simple plan: chase down a smaller number of quality gigs instead of assembling a vast quantity of local shows every weekend. So she worked the phones to set up her band's first, extensive out-of-home-state tour.

"Because we went to the finals of the 2008 IBC and people were hearing us for the first time," says Morvan, "the doors were open for the first tour. Without an agent, it was just me, on the phone, sending out press kits, and calling. It was time consuming; I probably had 300 labor hours to make that happen. We were gone maybe two weeks and did 12 shows."

"I came up with this plan that instead of trying to figure out 52 weeks of the year, my epiphany was to focus on the summer, where the best gigs are. Instead of us doing as many gigs as we possibly could every night, all over the place, I wanted to put together a really good tour where we would do the best gigs, and then try to make great records in the so-called off-season."

 

 

 

 

              June 15th at 7PM • LIONEL YOUNG BAND 2011 International Blues Challenge Winner 

                                      

 Lionel Young is a high energy performer with a bent for the blues. His LIONEL YOUNG BAND, winners of numerous awards for best in and around the Colorado region, has won the 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC) band competition. Added to his victory at the 2008 IBC in the solo-duo category, which makes Lionel Young the first double champion in the history of the IBC.

Fans of the driven, classically trained Young, love his distinctive brand of blues on the electric violin. His show features not only Young originals but interpretations of blues classics by Willie Dixon, Leadbelly and Stevie Ray Vaughan, features the strength and passion of Young’s playing, as well as his smooth vocals and unique translations. The songs, which include his award-winning composition ” Brown Cloud Over Denver” and “Hey, O.J.,” a controversial little gem, alternately stir up social concerns and soothe the weary soul. It’s prime. It’s fun. It’s Lionel Young.

Born in Rochester, New York, Lionel Young began taking violin lessons at the age of six with Anastasia Jempelis at the Eastman School of Music. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Opera-Ballet Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra which commissioned him to play bluegrass and blues for their summer festival and on a tour of Japan, Taiwan, and Korea during the 1988 Summer Olympic Music Festival.



LIONEL YOUNG BAND's WEBSITE: http://lionelyoung.net

 

 

 

 

6-8-11 MATT HILL BAND - 2011 Blues Music Awards Winner Best New Artist Debut

From North Carolina/Missouri

www.matthillblues.com

 

At the age of 19 Matt won the Piedmont Blues Preservation 
Society's Blues Challenge, and represented the PBPS in the
international competition in Memphis. Matt has also been 
featured in Blues Review Magazine in an article written by 
good friend Bob Margolin. The article provided an insight into 
the minds of young bluesmen that featured Matt and good 
friend Matt Walsh.

Matt has shared the stage with such Blues legends as Bob
Margolin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop
Perkins, Big Jack Johnson, Bob Stroger and Carey Bell. He 
has also shared the bill with artists such as the Holmes 
Brothers, Duwayne Burnside, Micheal Burks, Betty Lavette, 
John Dee Holeman, and Bo Didley to name a few.

Matt is Influenced by Howlin Wolf, Nappy Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis,
and many more!
This is A Show You Do Not Want To Miss!!! 

 

                                               5-25-11 GRADY CHAMPION - 2010 International Blues Challenge Winner  

Harmonica Driven Blues

Form Jackson, Mississippi 

                                                

                                                                 

 

Grady Champion is a young, blues singer and harmonica player, born October 10, that has been compared to Sonny Boy Williamson, and people can hear exactly why on his Shanachie debut Payin' for My Sins released August 24, 1999. The album includes a version of "Don't Start Me to Talkin'" that really shows Grady's high-energy singing and harmonica playing and an update of the traditional blues lament "Goin' Down Slow" with an AIDS parable -- a hard-bitten vignette of modern life. His revved-up, soulful vocalizing and the charm and insight he brings to his songwriting in numbers like the campy "My Rooster Is King" and the classic-sounding tale of infidelity "You Got Some Explaining to Do" (co-written by his producer Dennis Walker, who helped Robert Cray reach national fame) mark Grady as an important new talent.

     


River City Blues Society Event
May 11th at 7PM • DOGHOUSE BLUES BAND



 

River City Blues Society Event
April 13th at 7PM • TWEED FUNK

 

 

Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Nominee for New Artist of the Year

 

 

Combining up-tempo jump blues, old-school soul, and elements of funk and hip-hop, Tweed Funk aims to entertain with their own brand of money-maker shaking blues. Their high-energy shows are

 

guaranteed to get people out and moving on the dance floor. The band includes some of the top professionals from SE Wisconsin and their individual accomplishments span the decades. Additionally,

band members have worked with and opened for some of the top talent nationally including Curtis Mayfield, BB King, Harvey Scales, Aaron Moore, David "Guitar" Watson, The Esquires, and Kenny

Wayne Shepherd.

 

 

 

 


  

 

Tweed Funk's Website:  www.tweedfunk.com


River City Blues Society Event

April 6th at 7PM • ALBERT CASTIGLIA

Albert Castiglia (pronounced “ka-STEEL-ya”)  is Keepin On – and much more.   With the release of Castiglia’s  5th CD Keepin On, August 2010 on Blues Leaf Records  (his third CD on this label), Albert is doing exactly what the title of the CD suggests.      Having opened for ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop, and The Radiators, he’s quickly becoming a favorite high energy performer at festivals across the country.

Castiglia’s history is as colorful as his home town of Miami, Florida, going back to 1990 when he played in a local Miami Band, The Miami Blues Authority, and won awards locally for “Best Blues Guitarist.” He got a big break after meeting the legendary Junior Wells in 1996, and soon became Junior’s lead guitar player before Wells died in 1998. Albert toured the U.S. and Europe with Junior and then found himself in Chicago when Junior passed. Soon though, he was touring again with Sandra Hall.

He returned to South Florida after deciding to launch his solo career and went to work on his first CD, Burn (2002), a self-release, collaborating with his long time friend, Graham Wood Drout of Iko-Iko. Drout’s visceral, yet literary songs became the perfect vehicle for Castiglia’s soulful vocals. In 2006, he released A Stone’s Throw, his second album and first release for Blues Leaf Records, which included two of Drout’s insightful songs, “Big Toe” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” Castiglia and Drout also released a live CD together, titled The Bittersweet Sessions, in 2005.

His 2008 CD, These are the Days (Blues Leaf Records), contained five original Albert Castiglia songs, including a tribute to his mentor Junior Wells, “Godfather of the Blues.”  The cover songs from These are the Days paid tribute to a wide range of styles and artists from Bob Dylan, Nappy Brown and Fenton Robinson. These are the Days earned him a Blues Music Award nomination for “Song of the Year” for his original, “Bad Year Blues.” Castiglia was nominated again by the Illinois Blues Blast Awards and this time walked away a winner for “Song of the Year” for “Bad Year Blues,” as well as being nominated for the “Sean Costello Rising Star Award.”

Most of his new CD release, Keepin On, was recorded live with very few overdubs. He enlisted five session musicians to help on the project, including harmonica master Sandy Mack, who played on “I Could Not Ask for More,” a Peter Green song. Mack had played on “Ghosts of Mississippi,” a track from Albert’s A Stones Throw album in 2006. According to Castiglia, “He kicked butt then and he picked up where left off on this session. ”Keepin On features five new original tunes, plus other covers of songs by John Lee Hooker, Mack Rice, T-Bone Walker, Robert Nighthawk and Bob Dylan

“I did two acoustic songs and enlisted dobro genius Toby Walker for them,’ says Castiglia about the new CD. “Toby is world renowned and has even taught at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy, Ohio, a number of times. Toby came in originally to play on a song I wrote called ‘Sweet Southern Angel.’ That went so well and quickly, that we wound up doing another number for the hell of it, Robert Nighthawk's ‘Murderin' Blues.’ I can honestly sum up those two tunes with one word, ‘Magic.’ He did a great job and I hope we get to work together again.”

The result is a fascinating journey into what Albert feels is his best work to date. Listen for yourself.

For more information about Albert Castiglia, check out his website at
http://albertcastiglia.com

 


 

 River City Blues Society coming Event
March 4th at 7PM • DRIVETRAIN


Drivetrain, a perfect term for the members of a musical team that refuses to succumb to cliché, that constantly strives to move forward, that brings locomotive energy to every stage and that never settles for the status quo in music. You will hear the standards, you will recognize the rhythms, but you will also witness the original spins that set Drivetrain apart from any other.

Chops, musicianship, talent and education. Experience. No fear. This ensemble of three carries it all to the stage. Know them as individuals and see them as one unit. No throw together band, they have been playing for years. Don’t let their youth fool you, they are all seasoned professionals. Their careers are music, their motivation is music and their lives are music. Get to know them.
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Young Philadelphia songstress Gina Sicilia exploded onto the scene in 2007,
as her debut CD, ALLOW ME TO CONFESS, was met with joyous acclaim by fans and
critics alike.

She was heralded as a distinctive new voice in the Blues, as well as an
insightful songwriter and interpreter of neglected classics in the Rhythm & Blues
canon.

In 2008 she was nominated for “Best New Artist Debut” at the Blues
Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee, just as her sophomore release HEY SUGAR
proved her also to be a legitimate contender in the worlds of Classic Country and
Americana.

With her new 2011 release, Can't Control Myself, Gina broadens her stylistic
palette, infusing even more Soul and Americana into her bedrock influences of Blues
and R&B. This CD features seven new Gina Sicilia compositions, as well as three
choice covers borrowed from Bobby Bland, Stevie Wonder, and Ike & Tina Turner.

Gina’s singing and songwriting continue to break new ground, showing remarkable
depth, power, and seemingly unstoppable growth. Can't Control Myself was
produced and engineered by Gina’s label mate, the insanely talented Dave Gross,
who also played every instrumental track on the record
except for trumpet, sax, and one lap-steel track.

Now 25 years old, the genre-defying Gina Sicilia continues to smash
pigeonholes into kindling and redefine the boundaries of soulful music.



Visit Gina Sicilia's Website



River City Blues Society WELCOMES
BILLY KING • Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Born in Chicago in 1950, Billy King grew up on the mean streets of Chicago's south side at a time when modern blues was evolving. The rural blues styles of the Mississippi Delta were being shaped by the influences of electric instruments and Rock and Roll. A product of this multifaceted blues environment Billy's raw edged style can best be described as a synthesis traditional and acoustic and electric blues.

The songs Billy writes are based upon his own experiences . They are filled with humor and irony, they tell a story of a lifetime of living, loving, and playing, the blues in Chicago.He often introduces a song by saying "This is a true story I know I was there!"

A well known, and well respected figure around the Chicago blues scene Billy has played with and learned from some of the finest blues musicians in the world. He has established himself as dynamic frontman and exciting stage performer whose presence always involves the audience in his performance..

A talented musician and a gifted songwriter Billy is at his best when performing his own quick witted originals in front of a live audience. His emphasis has always been, and will always be on performing live.

As a recording artist Billy has self- produced three records: Mean Woman Blues, Life Ain't Easy, and Live at Bozley's . His songs have appeared on two compilation discs Mile by Blues Mile, and Ultimate Blues Volume One.

"My biggest musical influences are the Kings: B.B., Albert, and Freddy. I used to listen to them when all of my friends were listening to rock and roll. Growing up in Chicago was an advantage for me because the Blues is all around you, all the time. I can remember sitting on the curb outside some of the clubs in the "Old Town" neighborhood on the Northside. I was too young to get in but I could hear the music pretty well, and some of the bands set up in the window and you could watch the drummers working it. Jr. Wells, Buddy Guy, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield James Cotton they were all there and I was lucky enough to hear them."


RCBS Blues SPECIAL Event - December 14th - CHRIS BEARD



When you grow up in a house filled with the blues, when your father grew up on Beale Street, when music was in your DNA, then blues is who you are and what you do.
Chris Beard is a modern blues guitarist and singer like few others. His personal connections to the blues were forged with the living blues men he’s sat with since childhood.
Born in 1957, Beard is the son of Joe Beard, a fine blues guitarist who grew up on Beale Street in the 1950’s before moving to Rochester, NY. When family friends like Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Buddy Guy stopped by, young Chris became their willing pupil.

After years playing the clubs in and around Rochester, Chris was offered the opportunity to record. In 1998, he released his debut recording, Barwalkin’, on JSP Records. That record earned Beard a W.C. Handy nomination as Best New Blues Artist. Chris produced his follow-up disc, Born To Play The Blues in 2001 to the critical acclaim of the blues press and earned Beard the title, Prince of the Blues. Then, in 2005, Beard released Live Wire, a stirring combination of live and studio performances for Northern Blues “Blues is my roots,” says Chris. “I grew up as Joe Beard’s son in the house of the blues. I grew up around Buddy Guy and Matt Murphy. The influence of Buddy has been major. All he has to say to me is ‘Keep on doing what you’re doing.’ Matt always told me that the guitar has to become an extension of you. That will always stick with me.”
But on this new record, Beard, a world class guitarist, devoted time and energy into establishing his unique and compelling voice. With the combination of Beard’s assertive voice and his exciting guitar, this record is a seamless combination of traditional blues with a contemporary edge. On the title cut, Chris called upon his dear friend Ronnie Baker Brooks, another talent who grew up in a blues house. In fact, Beard and Brooks teamed up to write three of the first six songs. Ronnie once told me how Bernard Allison gave him the confidence to play the blues. Ronnie paid it forward by giving Chris the confidence to write again.

Backed by two different bands with musicians that Beard has toured and recorded with for many years gives Beard the confidence to stretch voice and guitar. At the same time the in-house production of he and his brother Duane built the record with the right sound.

Chris Beard's Website: http://chrisbeard1.com

 


RCBS Blues SPECIAL Event - Thursday, December 2nd
Kilborn Alley Blues Band



WE ARE EXCITED AND DELIGHTED to say we won "Song of the Year" for "Better Off Now" at the BLUES BLAST Magazine Anual Music Awards held at Buddy Guy's new Legend's in Chicago on October 28. Joe
Asselin joined us on stage to play and to receive the award. VERY COOL. The song has touched a lot of people. We humbly mention that LIVING BLUES magazine called this song "...a master work of soul." Many thanks to the readers of BLUES BLAST for voting, and to Bob Kieser from the magazine for putting on a great blues revue that night. Go to bluesblast.com to see all the award winners.

Kilborn Alley Blues Band



Visit Kilborn Alley's Website: http://www.kilbornalley.com/


Danny and the devils - NOVEMBER 16, 2010
Show starts:
7PM at Goodfella's

Danny and the Devils is a hard rocking original blues/rock band. Fronted by, guitarist, singer, songwriter Danny Baron, this power trio can rock you one minute and groove you the next. People are always shocked to see that they are a trio because they sound so much BIGGER. With Drummer, Mark Bonasara and KRAMER on Bass, these acomplished musicians and long time friends will take you right where you want to be. "Danny Baron is a local musician who I met for the first time , when he was a guest guitarist at a show from one of Chicago's finest blues players, Melvin Taylor. As a fellow guitarist, I was particularly impressed by his fluid playing and most of all, his energy and conviction in his performance. So when he contacted me sometime later, and invited me to check out a show with his band, Danny and the Devils, I Happily accepted.
The band took the stage with an abundance of energy that I would expect from a young heavy metal band. It is inspiring to see someone be so passionate and get so into a performance as Danny Baron did, and does every time he plugs in his guitar. It was definitely a great show and one that I would definitely recommend, and not just for "hardcore" blues fans." (Mario Salazar, Chicagosrock.com) The band has been keeping busy. From playing/recording for long time Chicago radio hosts, Danny Bonaduce, Kevin Matthews and Steve Dahl. To more recently opening for blues great Lonnie Brooks, Bernard Allison, and rock icon Leon Russell. Danny even got to tour with the former Beach Boy and rock legend, Brian Wilson on his first ever solo tour. Do yourself a favor and catch this band whenever you can. You will never be dissapointed. See ya at the show!!!

Read more: http://www.myspace.com/dannyandthedevils


SPECIAL EVENT • BLUESOLOGY • NOVEMBER 13TH • Scottish Rite Cathederal

Join the instructors of Academy of Fretted Instruments, in conjunction with Music is the Medicine and River City Blues Society, for a blues-infused journey that began down in the delta and continues through music today!!

This is a kid-friendly show! Many of the students from the Academy of Fretted Instruments will be in attendance...there will even be a song or two performed by a couple of children! But, if you're looking to hang with your honey or your friends, please come out and support an amazin' endeavor!!

 

One of our highest priorities of RCBS is to provide education & inspiration for the youth of our society through the healing power of music! “Bluesology” is a wonderful opportunity to do such! Also, if you've never been the Scottish Rite Cathedral...you're in for a special treat!!


Harper - November 10th, 2010


Part Harmonica Virtuoso and Part rhythmic explorer, Harper is a fiery artist -singer / songwriter who blurs the lines between blues, soul, rock and world music. His latest Blind Pig release, "Stand Together" (2010) is the most artistically realized CD Harper has ever written. By combining traditional and modern influences, borowing from Western and Aboriginal music, Harper has created a highly original take on the roots genre which many have labeled "World Blues". His innovative use of electronic enhancement and feedback, breaks the traditional bounderies of the harmonica, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects. The powerful guitar sounds and the unique drone of the didgeridoo create raw yet eerie sonic textures, some how sounding primal and contemporary at the same time. No Depression Magazine,'s Rod Ames, adds that Harper " has written and arranged some of the most soulful blues rock filled music I've heard in quite sometime". Harper's new CD reached number 10 on the Billboard Charts and the US Roots Music Charts. "Stand Together" also reached number 2 on the XM/ Sirius Bluesville national Charts, USA. 2010. READ MORE ABOUT HARPER...



SEAN CHAMBERS - OCTOBER 21, 2010
Show starts:
7PM at Goodfella's

Sean Chambers has continued to evolve through regular touring, honing not only his guitar mastery, but refining his vocal and songwriting talents along the way. In October 1998, Chambers released his initial recording effort "Strong Temptation" on an independent label that to date has sold more than 15,000 copies. Since then, Chambers kept busy becoming Musical Director for the legendary Hubert Sumlin of Howlin' Wolf fame for almost five years touring the world with Sumlin performing before sellout crowds at major Festivals in the US, Europe, and Japan.

Visit Sean Chamber's Website


Johnny Rawls - SEPTEMBER 30, 2010



Johnny Rawls was born in Columbia, Mississippi in 1951 and raised in Purvis and Gulfport, Mississippi.  He acquired an early interest in music when hearing his grandfather play the blues guitar one Christmas morning.  He began playing professionally while still in high school with such stars as ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex and the Sweet Inspirations.  In the mid-70's, Johnny went to work for OV Wright as Wright's band director.  After Wright's death in 1980, Johnny led Little Johnny Taylor's band until 1985, when he began touring as a solo artist and made his first solo recording under the Rainbow label.

Recording under Touch Records, Rooster Blues, Rock House, Reach and JSP Records, Johnny has done it all from producing, songwriting, horn arranging, Rhythm, Lead and Bass guitar, keyboard, vocals and background vocals.  Johnny started his own record company, Deep South Soul, in 2002 and has released his CD's Lucky Man, Live in Montana, and The Best of Johnny Rawls.  His newest CD entitled Heart and Soul was released in October 2006 and has been nominated for "Best Soul Blues Album of the Year (2007)" by the Blues Foundation .  No Boundaries was released under the TopCat, Catfood and Deep South Soul labels in 2005.

Johnny has appeared on the cover of the April 2002 Living Blues Magazine and has been nominated four times for the W.C. Handy Award.  His most recent award came from the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame for RB Male Vocalist of the Year 2006.

Johnny has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival twice, The Russian River Blues Festival, The King Biscuit Blues Festival, The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, Poconos, as well as festivals in Sweden and Poland.  He tours constantly, playing well over 200 dates a year.  He can also be heard on XM radio's Bluesville.  Whether he is playing in a small club or a large blues festival, Johnny gives it his all and the crowds love him!

Additional biographies can be read at:  All Music Guide, Catfood Records, Russian River Blues Festival, and the Liner Notes to My Turn to Win.

Visit Johnny Rawls Website

 



SPECIAL EVENT SEPTEMBER 1, 2010

Victor Wainwright, the twenty something singer, pianist, “hepcat” from Memphis by way of the Savannah, Georgia; creates powerhouse blues and roots rock by playing his own unique style of boogie piana’. He effortlessly pays frequent homage to past music greats, while simultaneously adding his own youthful excitement. He's a raucous high-octane dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare. After earning what he calls a "double major in Boogie, a Ph.D. in Swing and a master's in Rhythm," the "Piana' from Savannah" is undoubtedly making a name for himself in a big way.

Stephen Dees is a rock n' roll aficionado, touring and-or recording as bassist and vocalist for Hall and Oates, Todd Rundgren, Pat Travers, and Foghat to name a few. He was a Billboard and MTV char-tee with his band Novo Combo, and has received great acclaim for his original pop band "
Bandees." Currently, Dees is the producer, writer, bassist and backup vocalist for the WildRoots.

The boogie blues "piana" player and savvy pop-rocker met up six years ago in Ormond Beach FL, where they were both on the bill of a benefit concert. Very impressed after hearing each other perform and finding that they had a common love for early rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll music that came out of the '50s and 60's, such as B.B. King, Ray Charles, James Brown, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard; they discussed the possibility of collaborating on an original recording project; paying homage to their rock 'n' rhythm roots. Dees agreed to produce and co-write what would become Wainwright's 2005 release, "Piana from Savannah". "...it's hard to follow the speed limit while this one's playing... Pine Top Perkins would be proud." [Backstage Pass Magazine]

For the project, blues-rock guitarist Greg Gumpel, a friend and band mate of Victor's since 2002, was a perfect fit for the band. Now also a Memphis resident, Gumpel has become renowned for his wild phrasing and fluid fusion of electric blues and genuine rock 'n roll guitar. Greg says, "When I play blues, I like to think a little outside the box, get a little wild, while still trying to pay tribute to the founding fathers of blues guitar."

Drummer Brian Kelly, an accomplished jazz / new age composer, roots rhythm powerhouse and the backbone of band. Having worked with Dees in the recent past, the two had met playing in a progressive rock band and from the very first note; knew there was an instant rhythm connection. "Brian is refined, intricate and explosive all at the same time.”

After the release of the “Piana’ from Savannah” CD and some outstanding live performances they knew they had something special and decided to forge a more enduring working relationship. Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots were born.

Their debut CD, "Beale Street to the Bayou," was released in September 2009. The music is a departure from the more traditional blues and boogie of Wainwright's "Piana" CD. This project lyrically and musically speaks to a broader contemporary audience, while its soul remains anchored in the roots music that continues to inspire.

Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots

Victor 'Piana' Wainwright:
Lead vocals, piano, organ
Stephen 'Cat Daddy' Dees:
Bass, guitar, vocals, percussion
Greg 'Six String' Gumpel:
Guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals
Brian 'Machine Gunn' Kelly:
Drums, percussion 

The band performs as a four piece up to a seven piece with 'extended roots' members: 

Patricia Ann Dees:
Vocals, saxophone, keys, harmonica, bass
Ray Guiser:
Saxophone, keys
Alberto Cruz:
Congas, Percussion


Dave Herrero - Wednesday August 18, 2010 - Goodfella's Pizza & Pub



Dave began playing music professionally at the tender age of 20 years old in Jacksonville, FL. Initially, he was largely influenced by Muddy Waters, Albert King and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, which (with the help of friend Seth Walker) prompted his move to Austin, TX.

In 2004, Dave moved to Chicago to team up with his brother to form TrackForce Productions, L.L.C. Since then, Dave and his brother, known to the Chicago community as 'The Hero Brothers', are producing music for The Oprah Winfrey Show (with his participation garnered an Emmy Nomination for the music director, parker Williams in 2006), Telepictures (Tyra Banks, TMZ andExtra), www.telepictures.com and MTV's 'Rob and Big', as well as the infamous rap group Psycho Drama.



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