|2014 Windy City Rev Ups - Chicago House of Blues July
|2014 Blarney Island Blues Festival
|2014 - Windy City Duo - Chicago House of Blues
|2013 - JJ's Prime Time Sports Bar
SHARING THE STAGE
L-R: Rich with Night Burners, Kate
Moss at HOB
Rich with Jimmy Burns,
Brother John, Marty Sammon
& 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
Shirley King "Daughter of the Blues": Performing with Rich at the Windy City
Rev Ups "Live & Acoustic CD 1&2" CD release party.
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!
Hambone WDCB radio show host & Rev 2016
Guitar, Vocals, Sax/Flute & Drum: Rich, Dave Steffen, Clif Lee &
Drum: Mike Rodbard, Mark D & Scott P.
Drum: Aaron Turner, George "Boom Boom", The Fabulous Mr. Tommy Rugg
Guitar: Aaron W., Kevin Paul, Michael Dotson, Steve Ditzell & Ryan Mumby
Guitar: Zoey, Aaron K., Tom Y., Jared Rabin.
Guitar: Steve Doyle, Dan Peters, Tommy D, Mark C.
Guitar: Doug T, George L, Matt Hines (2013 Guitar Center Blues Master) & JR Wydra
Keyboard, Piano & B3 Organ: Brother John, Phil B., Ricky Keys
Bass: Mickey Gentile, Hank Fields, Kurt B, Gordon P.
Bass: Fran Condorf, Andy M., Melvin Smith
Matt Hines - 2013 Guitar
Center "Blues Master" Winner. Performed with Joe Bonamassa!
|2014 Chicago Rock n' Roll Marathon (Matt Hines "Guitar Center Blues Master)
|2014 Windy City Rev Ups - Chicago House of Blues June
|2014 Windy City Rev Ups - Hollywood Casino
|2013 Windy City Rev Ups - Chicago House of Blues May
BAND BIO'S &
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.
2016 Chicago Blues Festival Photo by Kurt Swanson & 2016 Chicago HOB by Tom
Davis & Co.
Clif Lee - Sax & Flute (2007 & 2016)
LEE BIO - From Lake Providence, LA, to Chicago, IL
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.
Zoey - Lead Guitar (2007 &
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.
Aaron Weistrop - Guitar
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.
Dave Steffen - Lead Guitar, Mandolin & Vocals (2007)
Bluesy Frank - Drums (2006)
Mickey - Bass & Vocals (2004)
Mickey w/Keith Richards & Robert
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!