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 Steve Capillo (drums) provide a tight, funky bottom that has evolved over 40 years (that’s right—40!) of playing together.
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.
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 them to their feet. His explosive harp playing is reminiscent of such luminaries as Little Walter and James Cotton.
Add in the blues-infused sound of the Third Coast Horns, and South Boulevard delivers a great show every time they take the stage.
What a great Summer concert season we’ve had this year! Our most recent show, at the Evanston CommUNITY Picnic, was a hot one--both in temperature and tunes. A big thanks to everybody who left those dee-licious grilled burgers and hot dogs to come dance with us! We’d also like to send a big shout-out to the City and Myra Gorman, who made it all happen, and to all our fans who joined us. Good times…
We shared the airwaves last Sunday on WNUR, 89.3, with James Cotton, Elvin Bishop and Corky Siegel as that jumpin’ Northwestern station played our very own “Bluesday Afternoon.” A big thanks to DJs Liz Mandeville and Al Finley for adding us to their afternoon rotation.
We’re working on the details for some indoor shows in the Fall, so check back here often for shows as they’re finalized. In the meantime, we’ll be hard at work on some great new originals and our own versions of the classics, too. You know how we like to add our own Savoir Fair to tunes!
Hey, if anybody would like to pick up one of our stylin’ tee-shirts or a smart SBB hat--or a deluxe shot glass--and you don‘t want to wait for the next big show, just drop us a line (the “contact me” icon at the end of this column) and we’ll make it happen. We don’t have a store set up on line yet, so we’ll do it the old-fashioned way--drop us an e-mail and tell us who you are and what you want, and we’ll set whatever it is aside for you. We’ll send you our mailing address and as soon as we get your snail-mailed check, your new goods will be on their merry way to you.
By the way, anyone joining our Band Blast will be sent a link to download our studio songs for free (if you signed up previously, you should have received them on CD)—so simply click on that aforementioned “Contact Us” icon and give us your info. We promise to keep your info private—it won’t be sold or anything, and you can just tell us to remove you from the list and it shall be so. It’s the easiest way to keep track of our ever-changing calendar of shows this Fall.
As always, thanks for your support!