upcoming performances

date / venue location info



Ingraham Park,
2100 Ridge, Evanston, IL

12:30-2 PM

Great music to celebrate the end of summer!


Levy Senior Center Foundation Fundraiser

300 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL

More information to come.

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


With a busy summer right around the corner, Dudley and the boys have been hard at work on some great new shows, so get your dancin’ shoes ready!

When we haven’t been in the studio recording and mixing our new CD, Happy Havin’ Fun with amazing producer Jim “Wizard” Tullio, we’ve been having some great rehearsals with new percussionist Del Hooks. Del, a California transplant, brings his strong gospel and rock background--and a lot of fun--to our “tight as rope” rhythm section. We’ve got some hot new originals and covers all ready for their Chicagoland debuts, so please check our calendar-- and make some notes on yours-- to come join us for our signature, high-energy, feel-good events!

And please start praying to the weather gods now so we don’t get rained out again on June 20th from 7 to 9 PM as we headline Evanston’s Custer Street Fair on the main stage.

Thanks--we look forward to seeing you soon!

Dudley, Chris, Willie, Fluges, Miles and Del

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