South Boulevard Band

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A rockin' R & B/Blues/Soul group with a high-energy, harp-playing front man, a "tight as rope" rhythm section and an amazing horn section, the crowd-pleasing South Boulevard Band gets its fans--from 17 to 70!--up and dancing every time.

South Boulevard is a new band consisting of veterans of the Chicago music scene. 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, Electric Ladyland NY and Blue Wave, Vancouver, BC.

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.

This core group is joined by the Third Coast Horn section, two more talented musicians (and their baritone and tenor saxophones.) Chicago natives Bob Fried and Miles Tesar bring with them years of formal education; Miles has a Bachelor’s degree in Saxophone and Bob is a Master of composition who has worked toward his Doctorate in Ethnomusicology. Their skills have also brought these professionals all over the world. From Australia to St. Lucia, they’ve played Broadway musicals, chorale pieces, television scores, theatrical productions, gigs with Charo (coochie coochie!)—oh, and of course, rock, jazz and blues. Bob and Miles’ amazing accents and clever contratempos raise that special South Boulevard sound to a whole new dimension.
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.South Boulevard delivers a great show every time they take the stage.

Set List

  • In The Midnight Hour
  • Here I am
  • Shakey Ground
  • Cross Cut Saw
  • Ordinary Man
  • Love and Happiness
  • Steppin' In/ Steppin' Out
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On
  • Born Under a Bad Sign
  • Grits Ain't Groceries
  • Too Funky In Here
  • Take Me To The River

South Boulevard Band

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