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August 24, 2017

Old School R&B Concert at the Noyes Cultural Center

Noyes Cultural Arts Center,

927 Noyes St. Evanston, IL

7 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!

Hello, South Boulevard fan-

We hope you'll be in town on August 24, because we've got this one figured OUT!

First off, Dudley has, thankfully, fully recovered from his bout of kidney stones--all it took was a little of his own healing magic--Al Green's "Love and Happiness" and some surgery--but he's back and rarin' to go! Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes.

But perhaps more importantly, we figured out a way to best Mother Nature by playing an indoor show, away from the rain and winds that have sometimes plagued our other summer events (a la the Custer Street Fair--again!) We're thrilled to be playing onstage at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street--comfy chairs, air conditioning AND plenty of space to get up and shake your tail feathers! We hit the stage at 7 PM sharp and play till 9.

On top of that, Hecky's BBQ will be offering an optional chicken dinner for $10 per person starting at 5:30 PM outdoors (weather permitting) so you can come early, have some mighty fine BBQ dinner (remember, "it's the sauce!") and then come inside and dance all those calories away to our rockin' R & B/Old-School Soul tunes.

We are rarin' to go, and hope you are, too! Tickets are $15 in advance (www.fjtheatre.com; click on the link at the top of the page) or $20 at the door. Proceeds contribute to the ongoing, award-winning programs for youth, young adults and seniors that the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre runs year-round.

So bring your appetite and your dancin' shoes! We look forward to seeing you there!

Dudley, Willie, Fluges, Chris, Del and the Third Coast Horns of South Boulevard Band

PS--Please call the box office at 847-866-5915 for more details about dinner as they are made available!

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