upcoming performances

date / venue location info


Benefit for Cecelia Wolfe

Wilmette Masonic Lodge, 1010 Central,Wilmette, IL

(Check out the featured news at the right for all the details.) Good cause. Great time.

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

Hello, SBB fan!

We're pleased as punch to be playing on Saturday, March 25th for a wonderful cause, just up the street in Wilmette. We're headlining a benefit for an adorable baby, Cecilia Wolfe, who has been undergoing some ridiculously complicated (and expensive) medical treatments to keep her going in her first short months of life.

So the Wilmette community is banding together to raise funds for her ongoing medical expenses, and we're happy to be a part of the fun!

We'll be hitting the stage at the Wilmette Masonic Lodge (1010 Central) this coming Saturday, March 25th at 7:30 for dynamic set of all your favorite tunes. But please come earlier to schmooze with us, grab some free food, take in the musical stylings of Blues Extract, and hopefully take your chances in a raffle and silent auction to benefit our youngest fan, Cecilia Wolfe. Admission is free--BYOB! Hope to see you there!

Dudley, Fluges, Willie, Chris, Del, Miles and Sophie

For more details about the event, please feel free to email Jason and Deana at djdorfield@yahoo.com

Find Us



This crazy winter weather has been making the gentlemen (and lady) of South Boulevard Band

chomp at the bit for the upcoming outdoor festival season (though we sure do love playing

indoors, as well.) We’ve been looking back at some of our most memorable gigs over the years-

-and from the backyard party where rain forced us into a teeny garage, to the main stage at the

House of Blues- we’ve had a blast at each and every one! Please let us know if you have a venue

idea we should try, and we shall. We love bringing our feel-good, old school R &amp; B/soul show

out there, and we’d love to see you again, as well.

We’ve also been back at Butcher Boy Studios working on yet another original for our CD. In a

departure from our usual “ours goes to 11” driving energy, we’ve actually been working on a

ballad that’s sure to be a hit. “Will I Find Her?” really brings out Dudley’s sentimental side but

with our own inimitable style (classy, not cheesy!) We’ll be rolling it out soon, we promise.

During these times of “Dem Changes,” remember not to let the “Green Grass Fool Ya”-- there

will be a “Turnin’ Point” if you “Fight the Power.” Wear your “High Heeled Sneakers” ‘cause

“You Got to Groove” to be “Happy Havin’ Fun!”

All the best from Savior Fair, Willie “World Peace,” Hollywood Steve, Chris the Dish, “Drivin’

Del” Hooks, Miles Long and Miss Sophie-- we look forward to seeing you soon.