upcoming performances

date / venue location info


It's Thursday. Let's Dance!

Chase Bank Plaza, Davis and Orrington

7 - 9 PM
It's a free event. There's dance instruction at 6 pm, before the band plays.


Private Event

Chicago, IL

Alas, another private event. Visit our videos page and be with us in spirit!


The World of Beer

1601 Sherman, Evanston, IL

(at Fountain Square)

9:30 PM


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 James Wilson (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.

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.


Featured News

WHOOO-WEEE! Savoir Fair and the guys had the crowd (and even the mosquitoes) kickin’ up their heels at our private party in Wheaton on June 28th. Mother Nature was much more cooperative this time--we only had to hide under a tarp once during a passing shower-- and although lightning was flashing around the corner as we finished up our finale “Take Me to the River,” we were thankfully NOT washed by the water!

It was a different story the previous Saturday when we were rained out--no, MONSOONED out--at the Custer Street Fair. We had gathered at a local band member’s house to await the go/no go call from the Fair organizers and decided to play our two sets anyway to the delight of the neighbors (well, let’s just say the police weren’t called). You can soak us to the skin but you can’t dampen our spirits!

So, given the recent whims of the weather, we’re hoping our loyal fans (that means YOU!) will beseech the Rain Gods to stay away the evening of July 17th when we put on a party at the free “It’s Thursday, Let’s Dance!” at the Chase Bank Plaza in downtown Evanston, 1603 Orrington. Dance lessons (for any of you unsure of how to shake your thang) start at 6 PM and our performance runs from 7 to 9--so please come on out and have a great time with us.

We’re looking forward to kicking up our heels with you!


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