Friday | The Cash Box Kings
Considered the "Young Turks" of the Chicago blues scene, the Cash box Kings are 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.
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 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. 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, 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).
Saturday | Guy King and The Little Big Band
We are excited to welcome the Guy King Little Big Band for our main dance on Saturday, and the Guy King Quartet for Saturday's late night!
Guy King’s music is fresh and unique while maintaining a strong link to the musical masters that came before him. His natural musical abilities and his one of a kind blend of Blues, Jazz, Soul, and R&B are some of what makes Guy King so special in the music world.
Born and raised in a small rural town in Israel, Guy first arrived in the US on tour at the age of 16. Five years later, he returned to the United States. After a short stay in Memphis and a stint in New Orleans, Guy headed north to Chicago in pursuit of greater things and a musical career.
In Chicago, Guy quickly gained recognition, and joined Willie Kent’s band, serving as his lead guitarist and band leader for a period of six years until Kent’s passing in 2006. Then Guy started his solo career, performing at the city’s top venues such as Buddy Guy’s Legends, Andy’s Jazz Club, House of Blues, The Green Mill, S.P.A.C.E., B.L.U.E.S., Rosa’s Lounge, and others.
Playing at a pace of 250-300 shows a year, Guy has had the pleasure and honor of opening the shows of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and touring the world performing in Japan, France, Belgium, Switzerland, England, Italy, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.
In 2009, Guy released his first solo album, Livin’ It, which was very well received by the public and media alike. This opened the doors for two more albums since - I Am Who I Am And It Is What It Is and By Myself.
In 2015, Guy was signed by Chicago's Delmark Records to record the album TRUTH produced by Richard Shurman, which was released in February 2016. TRUTH reached #1 at the Roots music report Contemporary Blues Chart, #5 at the Living Blues Chart and has been receiving rave reviews worldwide.
Some of Guy's appearances include the Montreal Jazz Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, King Biscuit Festival (Helena, Arkansas), Blues on the Fox, The Paramount Theatre, Polanco Blues Festival (Mexico City, Mexico), Mississippi Delta Festival (Caxias Do Sul, Brazil), Basel Blues Festival (Switzerland) and many more.
Named as Chicago’s Latest Royalty by Vintage Guitar Magazine, he continues to perform, write and record new material with an ear sensibly tilted toward producing great music: taking the varied music he loves and recasting it in new directions.
Sunday | Gerry Hundt
Featured at myriad dance events, musician Gerry Hundt bases his repertoire on the blues yet broadens its very definition. He focuses on creating a mood with every song and telling a story with each set, deftly weaving original and classic selections. For bluesSHOUT!'s 10th anniversary, Gerry is proud to bring along Corey Dennison, Nik Skilnik, and Joel Baer; this quartet normally comprises The Corey Dennison Band, whose eponymous debut on Chicago's legendary Delmark Records garnered critical acclaim, worldwide airplay, and an international itinerary.