upcoming performances

date / venue location info


Private Event

Wheaton, IL.

A private event.


Wilmette Park District

Gillson Park, Wilmette, IL

8:00 p.m.


Park Ridge Hinkley Fest

25 Busse Highway, Park Ridge

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Check back often--more dates pending!


about south boulevard band

South Boulevard Band is a dynamic group of Chicago music scene veterans.

The members, with almost 200 years of cumulative musical experience, have shared the stage with such notables as Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Sonny Terry, Brownee McGhee and Hubert Sumlin.

They have recorded at CBS Records Chicago, Capitol Records LA, Cherokee Sound LA, United Artists Studio LA and Electric Ladyland NY.

Rhythm section Steve Flugum (bass) and Del Hooks (drums) intuitively lock into the steady backbeat that cements the band’s “tight as rope” sound while occasionally cutting loose with some spirited solos.

Guitarists Willie Shields and Chris Discher lock in tough, tight rhythms and heartfelt solos. While having two distinct playing styles, their singing guitars make you feel every note.

South Boulevard’s Horn section, led by Miles Tesar (tenor sax), add amazing accents and clever contratempos. They bring with them years of formal education in their respective instruments as well as in composition. From Australia to St. Lucia, they’ve played Broadway musicals, chorale pieces, television scores, theatrical productions, gigs with Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Charo (coochie coochie!) —oh, and of course, rock, jazz and blues.

Tying all this music together are the raspy, deep, soulful vocals of Mr. Dudley Fair. This lead singer’s raw emotion commands the audience and brings listeners to their feet. His explosive harp playing is reminiscent of such luminaries as Little Walter and James Cotton.

South Boulevard delivers a great show every time they take the stage!

Featured News

“On the rocks” can mean many things to different people…but for South Boulevard Band, it means literally playing on the rocks at Wallace Bowl at Gillson Park in Wilmette at our next public appearance on Saturday, July 30. Hope you can meander over to this beautiful lakeside venue for an amazing, free, hour and a half of our “tight as rope” stylings and totally danceable tunes starting at 8 pm! Watch for more details to come closer to the date. Hope to see you there!

Big thanks to all our old and new fans who danced the evening away at the main stage as we headlined Evanston’s Custer Street Fair on June 18. What a great night-- perfect weather, cold beer and an energetic set that got everybody on the dance floor. Our gratitude to all who prayed to the Universe for a reprieve from the monsoons that prevented us from playing for the past two years-- and thanks for the Custer staff who had faith in us once again!

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