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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!
It may finally be cooling down a bit, but Dudley and the fine folks of South Boulevard Band are just getting warmed up! We’re constantly tinkering and perfecting, resurrecting the tunes we haven’t played in a while, tweaking arrangements and testing new waters. We’re looking forward to debuting our first reggae tune, ”She’s Still Loving Me” (ja, mon!) and we’re also notching it up with the hot Tower of Power hit “I Got to Groove.” We’ve been having a lot of fun with a couple of old-timey tunes, “Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You” and “A Teeny-Weeny Bit of Your Love.” And now that percussionist Del Hooks has mastered all the intricate rhythms and arrangements of our playlists, he’s taking to the mic with great background and lead vocals as well!
If you haven’t heard us for a while, you’ve got to check out the psychedelic dueling guitars in “Take Me to the River” (some insane harmonics) and Flugey’s great rock original, “I’m Goin’ Home” (you’ll be on the dance floor before you know what’s happening!)
Tight as rope, good-time sets that will get your toes a’ tappin’ and a smile on your face! Please give us a call if you’d like us to spread some light in your life during the upcoming long Chicago winter months--we’re ready!
Thanks--we look forward to seeing you soon!
Dudley, Chris, Willie, Fluges, Miles and Del