This 2008 recording captures the band as they prepared to perform live at the 2008 Taste Of Chicago music festival. This compilation displays the band’s signature style of revved-up music performed "live" with uncompromising raw energy. The intimate live nightclub recording showcases the band's full-on rhythm section complemented by edgy guitars, soulful vocals, and a classic Hammond organ fused with authentic Leslie speaker tone! The studio bonus tracks display the band's original style of dynamic jump blues mixed with hot rod style rock n’ roll. Collectively, the Windy City Rev Ups create a sound that is spontaneous, energetic, and full of life! "Live In Chicago" features 8 live songs and 2 studio tracks, including the radio single "Swing Out Chicago".
This 2008 all-original tracked live studio release displays the band’s signature style of dynamic blues mixed with hot rodding rock n’ roll. This diverse collection of revved-up rock, blues, dance & swing music serves as notice that the Windy City Rev Ups have arrived on the modern Chicago blues-rock scene! The ensemble of Chicago-based musicians is complemented by a full-throttle rhythm section, burnin’ lead guitars, soulful singin', and a B3 organ with authentic Hammond/Leslie tone. The recording sessions were tracked live and performed with untamed spontaneity and emotion. Collectively, the Windy City Rev Ups create a sound that is passionate, impulsive, and edgy! The songs on this debut studio release range from the radio-friendly title track “Swing Out Chicago” to the praise-worthy “Red, White & Blue”. Stir it up with a pinch of “Halfway Home” boogie, “Alley Cat Blues” the country-inspired rocker, and the motorcycle-inspired “Rolling Thunder” and you have an appetizing blend of roots rock mixed with hootenanny style shakers. “Can’t Stop Time”, “Shine So Bright” and “Here Tonight” add a little jam band flavor to mix. The tasty swing tune “I Should Have Known” combined with two slow blues numbers “Maxwell Street” and “Senorita” complete the presentation, Chicago style.
This 2009 fan club limited release CD, promo-only release features alternative mixes of the band's most popular songs from their first release "Live In Chicago". This live recording showcases the band's full-on rhythm section complemented by edgy guitars, soulful vocals, and a classic Hammond organ fused with authentic Leslie speaker tone!
This release features music from the time period when the band first started performing acoustic shows. It was recorded live at Hanson Brother Tavern and features "Rev" with a diverse lineup of top-notch Chicago area musicians performing 16 fan club favorite songs.
This 2010 fan club limited release CD, promo-only features several rarely performed songs. The music was recorded live in 2010 at Hanson Brothers Tavern featuring "Rev" with the "Live & Acoustic Vol. 1" lineup of musicians.
All instrumental alternative, jazzy, R&B versions of 6 popular cover songs recorded at the historic Gretsch Recording Studio, Elmhurst College 2010 & 2011. This release features the 2010 lineup of musicians performing artistic guitar, organ, piano, saxophone, and flute solos.
This 2012 compilation of often performed live songs displays the band’s signature style of guitar-driven rock n' roll. It was tracked live at "Ricky Keys" Lakehouse Studio and showcases the band's full-on rhythm section complemented by rippin' electric guitars, soulful vocals, bluesy harmonica, and classic Hammond organ tone! Highlights include a funky version of Fortunate Son, full-on renditions of Whipping Post and Stormy Monday, plus several gutsy guitar instrumentals such as Freeway Jam, Comin' Home Baby, Soul Sacrifice, and Europa. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) & Red House "Written by Jimi Hendrix, Published by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. Used by permission. All rights reserved".
This 2013 release features live versions of the band's most popular songs from 2012 to 2014 recorded at an indoor music festival in 2013. Plus fan club favorites like "Alley Cat Blues", the patriotic theme "Red, White & Blue" and a rare version of "Love Reaction" with saxophone. The music was recorded live in 2012 featuring the band performing as a full-on (6) piece lineup including Hammond organ, saxophone, and flute. It's one of the band's favorite live recordings!
This release features live songs that were performed live in a machine shop blues rave when the band opened up for Larry McCray in 2015. The lineup includes Rich Rev lead vocals, full-throttle harmonica, guitar paired with Famous Dave Steffen on ripping lead guitar, who is also featured on two of the band's top-selling retail releases titled, "The R&B Sessions" and the all-original release "Swing Out Chicago". Long-time drummer, Bluesy Frank is featured on drums. This performance includes Mickey Gentile on bass, his first recording with the Windy City Rev Ups.
Released online in 2021, featuring 8 live songs that were performed at Cuda's Bar & Grill in 2018 & 2017, and Beer House Chicago in 2015. The lineup features Rich "Rev" on vocals, harmonica and guitar, Famous Dave Steffen on ripping lead guitar and vocals, Mickey Gentile on bass, Bluesy Frank on drums, and Clif Lee's artistic Saxophone on "Tin Pan Alley". The cover photo is a view through the window of a passing Brown Line L-Train going over the Chicago River looking eastbound on Wacker Drive.