Gig of the Week: Chicago All Star Easter Parade Blues Revue
March 27, 2013 8:22PM
Guitarist and vocalist Joey Drada will serve as the band leader for the 26th annual Chicago All Star Easter Parade Blues Revue on March 30 in Midlothian. | SoproFoto by Gala photo
CHICAGO ALL STAR EASTER PARADE BLUES REVUE
♦ 9 p.m. March 30
♦ Sullivan’s Irish Pub & Eatery, 4660 W. 147th St., Midlothian
♦ (708) 385-4100, sopromusic.com
Updated: May 1, 2013 1:53PM
An Easter tradition in the Southland has found a new home.
The 26th annual Chicago All Star Easter Parade Blues Revue is booked on March 30 at Sullivan’s Irish Pub & Eatery in Midlothian.
A staple at Tommy’s Place in Blue Island, the revue also has taken place at the Voodoo Lounge in Burbank and the now-closed Phil McKracken’s Live in Worth.
“We’ve moved over to Sullivan’s. It’s a really outstanding club with a great stage, great sound and plenty of seating,” said Bud Monaco, Sopro Music promoter and organizer of the revue.
“There are good sight lines, great food and a big selection of liquor and imported beers. It’s called Sullivan’s Irish Pub & Eatery, but it’s a full menu of American food as well.”
Billed as featuring the royalty of Chicago blues, the revue will include nationally acclaimed and renowned blues and jazz project the Chicago Horns including:
♦ Chicago’s and America’s trombone king Bill McFarland.
♦ The saxophone sensation of the nation Hank Ford.
♦ The Midwest’s trumpet titan Kenny Anderson.
♦ Chicago’s favorite South Side saxophone son Tony Ferraro.
“Sopro’s blues revues are uniquely presented and innovatively designed for the ultimate blues aficionado’s enjoyment,” Monaco said.
“I find my shows to be as unique a presentation of music that I’ve ever witnessed.”
That’s because the music continues throughout the evening instead of a set of music, a break and then another set. Also, performers tend to jam with one another.
“We’ve got all these different styles of performers coming together, and it’s as if they’ve been together for years,” Monaco said.
Others booked to take the stage for March 30’s show include:
♦ The tattooed blues cowboy Joey Drada (guitar and vocals).
♦ The Midwest’s bass boss John Falstrom.
♦ The Midwest’s top dog drum kick Scott Bonshire.
♦ The Midwest’s No. 1 blues ivory 88’s man Greg Wolfman (keyboards).
♦ South suburban guitar prince Frank Anastos, who also sings.
♦ Chicago’s South Side king guitarist Billy King, who also sings.
♦ Detroit’s blues harmonica dominator Doug Lee, who also sings.
♦ Chicago’s soul-stirring leading lady of the blues Deb Seitz (vocals).
♦ Chicago’s jam master Ray “The Flame” Sucash (guitar).
The revue also will mark the return of vocalist Peaches Staten, who some call Chicago’s new queen of the blues.
“I tracked down this old friend of ours, Peaches Staten, and she is just an outrageous, strong, dynamic performer,” Monaco said.
“We’re really looking forward to having Peaches back on our show with us. She puts on a great show and lights up the crowd.
“We’ve got a real nice edition with Peaches set to be with us on Saturday night.”
Presented and produced by Chicago Ridge-based Sopro Music/Sopro Records, the revue is executive produced by Monaco and Red Rose.
Bob Teutsch, of Sound & Entertainment Productions, serves as associate executive producer and will handle live sound recording.
The event will include free SoproFoto autographed and framed photos, free champagne and CD giveaways.
“We’ve got this great contingent of fans that continue to show up at these shows twice a year,” Monaco said of blues lovers who turn out for both the Easter and Thanksgiving Sopro blues revues.
“They’ve been great supporters.”
Monaco, who is celebrating more than 40 years of music entertainment through Sopro Inc., said he looks forward to every Chicago All Star Easter Parade Blues Revue.
“Being on stage, announcing these performers and introducing them on stage is always a thrill.”
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