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2014 Windy City Rev Ups - Chicago House of Blues July

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2014 Blarney Island Blues Festival

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2014 - Windy City Duo - Chicago House of Blues

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2013 - JJ's Prime Time Sports Bar

SHARING THE STAGE

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L-R: Rich with Night Burners, Kate Moss at HOB
Rich with Jimmy Burns, Brother John, Marty Sammon
Rich & Famous Dave with Larry McCray; Rich with Nighthawks (Mark Wenner);
Rich with Joe Bonamassa; Wishbone Ash (Andy Powell); EG McDaniel, Merle Perkins & JR Wydra;
Rich with Frank Bang, Buddy Guy "Rev" Guitar, Buddy Guy
  

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Shirley King "Daughter of the Blues": Performing with Rich at the Windy City Rev Ups "Live & Acoustic CD 1&2" CD release party.  


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Steve Ditzell - Lead Guitar & Vocals: Picture from various Windy City Rev Ups shows and with Buddy Guy & Stevie Ray Vaughan. Steve spent many years touring with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and Koko Taylor. He is influenced by Otis Rush's "Singing String" sound more than Stevie Ray Vaughan, yet prefers to keep the band rocking hard in the way the late SRV did. His vocals are confident, showing the lessons he's learned over the years and his slide playing is sometimes haunting, other times frantic, exploring the sounds of Muddy Waters. He's played with many great musicians, from Big Mama Thornton, Lee Oskar to Stevie Ray Vaughan, A.C. Reed and Fenton Robinson. His performance credentials begin in 1975. Steve performs with his band Blue Lightning in Chicago and at area clubs as a headliner!

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Hambone WDCB radio show host & Rev 2016

FEATURED MUSICIANS & SUBS

 

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Guitar, Vocals, Sax/Flute & Drum: Rich, Dave Steffen, Clif Lee & Bluesy Frank

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Drum: Mike Rodbard, Mark D & Scott P. 

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Drum: Aaron Turner, George "Boom Boom", The Fabulous Mr. Tommy Rugg

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Guitar: Aaron W., Kevin Paul, Michael Dotson, Steve Ditzell & Ryan Mumby 

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Guitar: Zoey, Aaron K., Tom Y., Jared Rabin. 

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Guitar: Steve Doyle, Dan Peters, Tommy D, Mark C. 

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Guitar: Doug T, George L, Matt Hines (2013 Guitar Center Blues Master) & JR Wydra

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Keyboard, Piano & B3 Organ: Brother John, Phil B., Ricky Keys

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Bass: Mickey Gentile, Hank Fields, Kurt B, Gordon P.

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Bass: Fran Condorf, Andy M., Melvin Smith 

 

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Matt Hines - 2013 Guitar Center "Blues Master" Winner. Performed with Joe Bonamassa!  


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2014 Chicago Rock n' Roll Marathon (Matt Hines "Guitar Center Blues Master)

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2014 Windy City Rev Ups - Chicago House of Blues June

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2014 Windy City Rev Ups - Hollywood Casino

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2013 Windy City Rev Ups - Chicago House of Blues May

BAND BIO'S & INFO

 

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Rich "Windy City Rev" - Lead Vocals, Guitar & Harmonica  

Rich began performing originals and covers in 1981 with bar bands in Denver, CO. His first large concert performance was called "Thunder In The Rockies" sponsored by Coors and KAOS Radio. Subsequent performance included shows throughout the Midwest and on the Chicago music scene since 1997, opening for and sharing the stage with many great artists including The Charlie Daniels Band, Wishbone Ash, The Outlaws, Anthony Gomes, Marshall Tucker Band*, plus numerous top blues acts like Koko Taylor, Jimmy Burns, Lurrie Bell, Carlos Johnson, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, The Nighthawks, Shirley King, Joe Bonamassa* and Larry McCray. Rich has been recorded on many demo's, radio and TV shows over the years and released 2 previous retail CD's and 9 CD's with the Windy City Rev Ups. Credentials include 1,000's of live performances including music awards "Best Local CD Release", "Best Blues Band" and "Best R&B Band". Rich has been showcased in 100's of popular music venues and festivals all over Chicago including multiple performances at the Chicago Blues Festival, Taste of Chicago, Soldier Field Stadium, US Cellular Field, Chicago Rock n' Roll Half Marathon Series and headlining monthly at Chicago House of Blues on the Back Porch Stage and Auditorium Stage since 2009. Other large, popular venues include Blarney Island, Viper Alley, Hollywood Casino, Frankie's Blue Room, Blue Chip Casino, Arcada Theater and more. You can find more of Rich's music on iTunes, CD Baby and video's on the Windy City Rev Ups - You Tube page. 

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2016 Chicago Blues Festival Photo by Kurt Swanson & 2016 Chicago HOB by Tom Davis & Co.

 

 

 
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Clif Lee - Sax & Flute (2007 & 2016)
CLIFTON LEE BIO - From Lake Providence, LA, to Chicago, IL

The tenor saxophone was Clif's first instrument also picking up the flute and clarinet as well as some basic drum and Bassoon skills. While in high school Clif became apart of a six piece combo called the Bell Bucklers which later transitioned into the Bar B's. Clif attended Paul Quinn College in Waco Texas on a music scholarship. While in college he continued playing in local groups such as The Continentals, Classie Ballou (aka Darker Shades of Black) and The Orlando's. While with Classie the band toured in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and as far west as Phoenix, Arizona. During that time the band either opened shows for major artists or backed them up. The list included such names as Ted Taylor, Ike and Tina Turner, The Supremes, Clarence Carter, Betty Wright, Bobby Warmack, Walter Jackson, Chuck Jackson and The Independence and more! The Darker Shades of Black also made multiple recordings such as Tracking Down Jody, And Then You Came and Ain't Nothing Like Love. Later, in Chicago the band starting off doing some early recording sessions at Brunswick studios where they worked with the likes of The Chi-Lites, Otis Leavill, Major Lance, Barbara Acklin, and Carl Davis. They became quite popular around the Chicagoland area. Later on they toured much of the United States opening shows or accompanying such artists as the O'Jays, Freda Payne, Benny Lattimore, Ben Branch, The Manhattan's, The Spinners, Sister Sledge, Garland Greene, and Sydney Joe Quarrels. After years of travel and changing members, the original Bell Bucklers musicians from Lake Providence remained the same. In the early 90's, Clif joined forces with some local Aurora, IL musicians, Pernell Davis and Clifford Williams who was joined by a phenomenal guitarists from Gary Indiana named Teddy Shelton. They created a group called the S Band which was the musical support for Phookie Hudson and the Spaniels of Good Night Sweetheart It's Time to Go fame. This would turn out to be a six-year adventure playing with a lot of the old-timers such as The El Dorado's, The SkyLiners, The Manhattan Transfer, Stormy Weather and a lot of the Doo-Wop groups from back in the day and also recording The Spaniels 40th Anniversary CD. In the mid-90s came a special group, The Chicago Express Blues Band (find them on YouTube - Chicago Express Band Harlem Avenue) which was made up of drummer Frankie Galasso, vocalist Burt "BJ" Blues Crosby, Chuck Powell on guitar and later Clifford Williams on bass. To round out the sound Clif played alto tenor sax and flute, joined by Larry "L Train" Bradley on trumpet, harmonica, flute and trombone. A few years later Chuck was ultimately replaced by Larry Hall on guitar and this chemistry proved to be the one that could not be derailed. Scoring hits such as Hot Damn Baby the band played the Chicago area and southern Illinois for over 20 years and more! Larry Hall was replaced by Jeff Nelson after his death in 2002. In recent years, Clif has worked with other area bands and artists such as Maurice John Vaughn and Holly Thee Maxwell and can also be seen on occasion at the House of Blues and other venues around the Chicagoland area with the Windy City Rev Ups. Clif has been featured on several of "Rev Ups" CD's, such as The R&B Sessions EP and several of the bands live recordings. While always remaining true to his first love, Clif still finds time to spend in the recording studio recording promotional tracks and original music working with Anthony "Fingers" Buckner on keyboards who also joined The Chicago Express in later years. You can find more of Clif's great music on YouTube at DonMusic23 and the Windy City Rev Ups - You Tube page. 

 

 

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Zoey - Lead Guitar (2007 & 2016)

 

Zoey - Lead Guitar: A fixture on the Chicago music scene and guitar teacher at Old Town School of Music. Zoey has a unique and jazzy sound. He performs all styles of music from jazz and rock, to country and R&B. His bands have shared the stage with the likes of Outlaws, Foreigner, Poison, Travis Tritt, and The Spinners. He has also appeared on The Jenny Jones Show and WGN Morning News as a featured performer. Working with alumni of bands such as Al DiMeola, The ChiLites, Patricia Barber, Tower of Power, Tyrone Davis, Buddy Guy and many other acclaimed artists.

 

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Aaron Weistrop - Guitar

Guitarist. Composer. Consummate collaborator. For the past 26 years Aaron Weistrop has built a remarkable career bridging many musical genres. In 1996, one year after receiving his Bachelor’s from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he started the jazz group, Spazztet. Just a year later, the Illinois Arts Council awarded him a prestigious fellowship based on his compositions for the incendiary band. From its inception, Spazztet refused to play standards. Its original sound pushed musical “boundaries in ways that other Windy City ensembles and musicians such as the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Henry Threadgill and Muhal Richard Abrams did 30 years ago." –Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant Though Spazztet no longer performs, Aaron continues his artful defiance in Walker, another fierce and original band started in 2008. Walker derives inspiration from P-Funk, Headhunters, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. Where as Weistrop crafted his guitar tone in Spazztet sans effects, in Walker, he uses them with sly invention. The sound is reminiscent of Ernie Isley’s work: at once vintage, soulful and brand new. Since 2003, Aaron has worked with Rock/Americana/Alt. Country artist, Ted Wulfers. As a member of Ted’s band, Aaron has performed in Nashville, San Diego, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Louisville, Chicago and Los Angeles, and has been on stages or recordings with Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty), Rami Jaffee (The Wallflowers), Dave Raven (Bobby Womack), and Taras Prodaniuk (Lucinda Williams). Ted and Aaron co-wrote, Hanukkah Blues, which was featured for a week in December on Chicago’s finest rock station, WXRT, and is well on its way to becoming a holiday classic. Aaron also scored the opening and closing credits for the 2009 Split Pillow Productions feature film, Eye of the Sandman.

 

 

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Dave Steffen - Lead Guitar, Mandolin & Vocals (2007)

 

 

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Bluesy Frank - Drums (2006)

 

 

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Mickey - Bass & Vocals (2004)
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Mickey w/Keith Richards & Robert Plant

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Early "Rev" from 1983 performing in Denver, CO. at Walabis, Denver Music Festival and Thunder In The Rockies concert event sponsored by KOAS Radio & Coors!  


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