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The Geezers

February 14, 2015 - 9pm till 12am Free

The Geezer Band was formed in 2008; but that is more the end of the story rather than the beginning. Our music is eclectic and we have over 160 years of musical experience beginning in the 50’s and covering all genres from rock to country, folk to blues. Our philosophy is simple; we play the music we grew up with – and, in particular, old rock & roll. By the way, we practice what we preach; nobody can be in The Geezer Band unless they are over 50.

Marc Singer (Drums/Vocals), Tom Swanson (Keyboards/Vocals), Terry Brennan (Guitar/Vocals), Jack Caranci (Bass/Vocals), Gary Johnson (Sound/Guitar/Vocals)

 

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Lou Deluca and the Delta 88’s

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February 21, 2015 - 9om till 12am Free

From the time of the first electric rhythm sections, formed by the Delta Blues singers migrating north to the factory towns, to the former big band artists moving east from California bringing a swing feel to the electric combo.  This is the music of Lou Deluca and the Delta 88s; with the passion and authentic styles of Little Walter, James Cotton, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells.

Lou Deluca
(Vocals/Blues Harmonica) Lou has 25+ years as a harp player, being mentored by Chicago blues master, Bill Lupkin. Along the way many other blues artists have provided their knowledge and love of the blues harmonica, including; Mark Hummel, Annie Raines and James Harmon.

Rex Granite
(Guitar) Rex drives the blues hard in the band with his Albert King influence. Another 30+ year professional, Rex has toured with the 70’s rock band, The Monarchs. Since the 1980’s he has focused on the blues, spending time on the Texas biker circuit and touring the Southwest United States.

Doug Collins
(Bass) Doug got his first guitar when he was 12 years old and went on to become an avid player.  In 2004 Doug acquired a Fender Jazz bass which turned into a life changing experience.  Doug cut his teeth playing bass with Swampboy Blues Band and later the Luther James Blues Band.  He has become a staple of the Omaha blues scene.

Brad Yearwood
Brad has had a deep love of all things blues and jazz ever since he discovered he could play drums.  After traveling across the country from Seattle, he brings his steady rollin’ rhythm to the Delta 88’s. His main influences are Fred Below, Max Roach, Ed Thigpen, and John Bonham, among others.

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Rockin’ Johnny

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February 28, 2015 - 9pm till 12am Free

 

The Rockin’ Johnny Band has been one of Chicago’s most loved blues bands since 1995. Their music has been played on WXRT’s “Local Anaesthetic” and “Blues Breakers” radio shows, the band has often been featured at The Chicago Blues Festival, and they regularly work in Chicagoland’s best blues clubs such as Buddy Guy’s Legends. Their CDs and live performances have drawn great reviews in Living Blues, The Chicago Sun Times, Pioneer Press, and National Public Radio’s “848”.

 

Guitarist Johnny Burgin came to Chicago from South Carolina to attend the University of Chicago, and earned the name “Rockin’ Johnny” as a DJ at the college radio station WHPK. Rockin’ Johnny began playing in the ghetto clubs of Chicago’s West Side with blues singer Taildragger, and then began touring nationally as a sideman with former Howlin’ Wolf drummer Sam Lay and blues piano legend Pinetop Perkins.

 

After learning from the masters, he put his own band together. Things started happening for the Rockin’ Johnny Band after they took a Monday night residency at The Smoke Daddy in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Their original, energetic approach soon made them a strong local draw week after week and year after year, bringing in blues aficionados, every musician in town, and a younger crowd that normally didn’t go to hear blues bands. The atmosphere the band generated was so electric, that Delmark Records offered them a contract after hearing just one set. This was especially exciting because the prestigious Chicago label is revered by blues aficionados as the home of Junior Wells and Johnny’s idol, Magic Sam!

 

Since those days, they’ve regularly toured Europe, played festivals and headlined clubs all over the Midwest. The Rockin’ Johnny Band has recorded five CDs including “Grim Reaper”, released in April of 2012. A true “musician’s musician”,Rockin’ Johnny has been one of Chicago’s most in-demand blues session men since the 90s, contributing his incisive playing to over a dozen CDs by artists such as Billy Boy Arnold, Jimmy Burns, Tail Dragger, Little Arthur Duncan, Paul DeLay and many more.

 

The Rockin’ Johnny Band plays vintage Chicago blues, but also is known for a wide repertoire which ventures into Stax style soul, swing, and lots of originals that are harder to classify. On stage, the band performs with spontaneity and fun, always showcasing fantastic guitar playing. Living Blues states: “top notch ensemble work, with power, drive, and a keen sense of dynamics”. The band consists of true veterans: Rick Kreher (rhythm guitar) played rhythm guitar with Muddy Waters for four years; John Sefner (bass) was formerly with Studebaker John and Eddie Kirkland; and Steve Bass (drums) also plays with Chicago blues legend Eddy Clearwater.

 

Here’s what some of Chicago’s most in the know critics and music business figures have to say about Rockin’ Johnny and The Rockin Johnny Band:

 

Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records: “Rockin Johnny delivers the raw, rough-edged spirit of real Chicago blues”.

 

Dick Shurman, writer for Living Blues, blues producer: “Rockin’ Johnny has brought a refreshing jolt of talent, feeling and affirmation of the Windy City’s guitar tradition. Johnny has always been known as a crowd pleaser with rawness, drive, a tight band and a scholarly and musical mastery of the local blues repertoire and vocabulary. He’s extra interesting and distinctive because, instead of the overdone warhorses sometimes called “the set list from hell,” Johnny mines more obscure building blocks like Little Smokey Smothers, Hip Linkchain or Willie James Lyons, adding to his appeal to hard core purists as well as more casual lovers of powerful Chicago blues. It adds up to a winning combination of depth, a bite like the winter wind, tradition and an up-to-the minute wallop, and offers a guaranteed winner for all who see or book the band.

 

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The Mighty Shipwrecks

March 7, 2015 - 9pm till 12am Free

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Sailing in Soup

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March 14, 2015 - 9pm till 12am Free

“Sailing in Soup” featuring Gunnar Guenette, Elwin ” Elmo” Moseman and Dave Christensen. This trio delivers a global tour of all soul enriched musical styles with earthy instrumentation including acoustic guitars, bass, mandolin, and a large array of world percussion. The connection between these players is magic and the song selection is as vast as their years of engaging audiences. From Ben Harper to John Hiatt, Peter Gabriel to Grateful Dead, these guys deliver.

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The Geezers

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March 20, 2015 - 9pm till 12am Free

The Geezer Band was formed in 2008; but that is more the end of the story rather than the beginning. Our music is eclectic and we have over 160 years of musical experience beginning in the 50’s and covering all genres from rock to country, folk to blues. Our philosophy is simple; we play the music we grew up with – and, in particular, old rock & roll. By the way, we practice what we preach; nobody can be in The Geezer Band unless they are over 50.

Marc Singer (Drums/Vocals), Tom Swanson (Keyboards/Vocals), Terry Brennan (Guitar/Vocals), Jack Caranci (Bass/Vocals), Gary Johnson (Sound/Guitar/Vocals)

 

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The Geezers

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March 21, 2015 - 9pm till 12am Free

The Geezer Band was formed in 2008; but that is more the end of the story rather than the beginning. Our music is eclectic and we have over 160 years of musical experience beginning in the 50’s and covering all genres from rock to country, folk to blues. Our philosophy is simple; we play the music we grew up with – and, in particular, old rock & roll. By the way, we practice what we preach; nobody can be in The Geezer Band unless they are over 50.

Marc Singer (Drums/Vocals), Tom Swanson (Keyboards/Vocals), Terry Brennan (Guitar/Vocals), Jack Caranci (Bass/Vocals), Gary Johnson (Sound/Guitar/Vocals)

 

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Brad Cordle Band

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March 28, 2015 - 9pm till 12am Free

Brad Cordle – Vocal

Tim Scott – Bass/Vocals

Dean Reichert – Guitar/Vocals

Ric Ulsky – Hammond B3/Keys

Jess Gopen – Drums

Brad Cordle Band = An Ottawa, Kansas-based roots, R&B and soul band that plays a whole lot of blues.

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