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date / venue location info


The Custer Street Fair

The Main Stage, Chicago and Main, Evanston, IL

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

WHOOO-WEEE! Somebody scream!

Dudley and the boys are thrilled to once again take the stage to headline our favorite summertime festival, Evanston’s own Custer Street Fair!

Please join us at the main stage at Chicago and Main on Saturday, June 17 from 7:30 to 9 pm for a rollicking set of all your high-energy, old-school R & B/classic soul favorites and originals. Grab some food from the street vendors, buy some craft beer tickets and bring your dancin’ shoes! And of course, plan to spend some time enjoying the crafts vendors and general insanity of this annual event.

Bring your friends! Hope to see you there!

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