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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

“Go west, young men,” the wise one said--and we said, well, we’re not so young any more, but what the heck--and so South Boulevard Band is packing up its wagon train to head off to the Western wilds of Park Ridge! We’ll bring our high-energy show to their wonderful Hinkley Fest (formerly Taste of Park Ridge) next Friday night, August 12, for a 5:30 to 7 pm show. The Fest features foods from local restaurants, craft beers and wine, and carnival rides for all ages…and we’ll be opening for well-known Beatles tribute band American English.

What a way to start off your weekend early!

Hinkley Park is at 25 Busse Highway, just north of Touhy Avenue, in Park Ridge. Admission is free (food and rides are extra) so bring some pocket change for dinner and your dancin’ shoes!

Look forward to seeing you there!

We really had a lot of fun bringing out the best in Wilmette at our recent show at Wallace Bowl. Perfect weather, great crowd (a full house!), and lots of good energy in that granite amphitheater. Thanks to the Wilmette Park District for having us and to all our loyal fans for making the evening memorable. Good times…

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