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.
Their original songs range from humorous stories of Internet love to harrowing tales of Chicago’s violent gun epidemic. Every song they perform—be it a striking original or a scorching Chess, Sun or Vee-Jay cover—explodes with contemporary authority and radiates old-school authenticity. According to Grammy Award-winning blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, “The Cash Box Kings play with real taste and feel. Not only is it good blues but it’s a jumping good time, too! I ain’t lyin’!”
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).
“One of the best blues bands in the land.” – Living Blues
“Virtuoso musicianship…rocking and irresistible.” –No Depression
“Gloriously retro with an inspiring eloquence and grace.” –Vintage Guitar
Saturday | Joel Paterson Quartet
“Joel Paterson defines who the ideal session guy should be: selfless, musical, and born with impeccably good taste. His sympathetic hollowbody makes the jazz, country, rockabilly or swing he’s backing come alive.” — Timeout Chicago
Band Lineup: Joel Paterson: guitar and vocals; Beau Sample: bass and vocals; Alex Hall: drums and vocals; Jonathan Doyle: sax and clarinet
Joel's life is dedicated to playing guitar and exploring the sound and history of roots music including blues, jazz, country, western swing, and whatever else you want to call it. Joel lives in Chicago, and feels lucky to be surrounded by some of the finest musicians you will find anywhere. Rather than trying to have one band to brand and market, Joel enjoys playing in many projects, and putting together different lineups to play a variety of musical styles—to keep things fresh and to have the right sound to fit any occasion.
Sunday | Gerry Hundt's Blues Band
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.
Band lineup: Gerry Hundt, Ronnie Shellist, Demetria Taylor, Ken Kinsey, Ralph Kinsey