Do you like listening to the blues? Mark your calendar for June 30 and don’t miss out on the Bandshell’s annual blues experience like no other! The Phoenix Park Bandshell’s Blues Fest is Sunday June 30. If you call yourself a fan of the blues, or just great music, you have no excuse not to attend Blues Fest!
Scheduled to play at Blues Fest:
1:00 Relatively Blue
2:00 Hobie & the Leftovers
4:00 Pistol Pete
6:00 Sweet Bev Perrone
Relatively Blue is a Wisconsin teenage blues band made up of Elkhorn High School & Delavan Darien High School students. Guitar, a brass section, the works. Band members include Ben Meine (vocals/guitar), Jason Jeffrey (guitar), Kent Stringham (bass), Christine Bain (saxophone), Ben Mahon (saxophone), and Anthony Welch (drums). They go from smooth to funky in a heartbeat, waiting to grab your attention. Whether they play some modern Eric Clapton, or they go back in time to good ol’ Wilson Pickett, or Muddy Waters, they aim to satisfy. Some of their musical influences include Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Howlin’ Wolf, and The Blue Olives. Relatively Blue was one of three Milwaukee Region finalists at the Wisconsin Launchpad regional competition. If you attended the Phoenix Park Bandshell’s Battle of the Bands on June 14, you probably recall listening to this dynamic group compete and win first place at the first annual event. Relatively Blue performs at 1pm at the Bandshell during Blues Fest.
Hobie And the Leftovers will follow Relatively Blue at 2pm. Hobie And the Leftovers originated in the winter of 2000 in Lake Geneva, WI bringing together three well known area musicians to form a rockin’ blues cover band.
In the summer of 1997 Scott, Hobie and their friend Shannon formed one of the worst bands in Lake Geneva’s history. With Jeff Holden on drums, Shannon Bogart on bass, and Scott ‘n Hobie playing guitar they were known as the Ralph Davis Trio. They found less than limited success in the area. Soon after forming, Jason Bogart was added to the line-up and the name changed to The Ralph Davis Band. With the added guitar and Jeff on drums, the wall of sound was created. Likened to the sound of a giant fiddle, the band found that they were not very marketable. Jeff Holden, who had also been playing with Bender, quit The Ralph Davis Band. He soon started up with Lumpy Gravy. Mike Wild, a mutual friend of the band, took over the drummer position. Mike was playing regularly with the Northern Lights Band (Cy, Danny Parker, Yuri, and Mike). As with a lot of bands, personal differences facilitated its demise. Jason went on to play with Project and then Spirit Creek. Shannon no longer plays in the area choosing to pursue a career with more stability.
As for Scott, Hobie and Mike, luck was on their side. Enter Brett Wild. Brett is Mike’s cousin and had previously played bass in some local bands. The four fellas hit it off well and started working a couple of gigs a month. Playing around southeastern Wisconsin they were billed as the South Shore Blues Band. After a few months of increased jobs and better pay, it was time to do a little studio demo – “Four Songs We Know”. They recorded with Joe Rank on harmonica at Two Dogs Studio. Spectacular stuff! Joe continued to sit in with the South Shore Blues Band and all was fine until … Hobie screwed it up. Everybody went their separate ways. Brett Wild went to playing in Nick-a-Jack with Yuri, Corey Bash, Scotty and Mike Van Dyke. Here’s where it gets confusing. The Northern Lights Band (the other band Mike was in) had lost Danny; hired a very talented singer, guitar player named Broc; lost Broc; hired Danny back; Yuri quit. The Northern Lights Band hired Scott; lost Scott; hired Hobie; hired Scott again; Hobie quit; lost Danny; hired Yuri and Jason for a couple of days and then sort of disbanded. Mike found that being one of the better drummers in an area was too demanding and took a break from the scene.
Still looking for somebody to jam with, Scott and Hobie hooked up with a great singer/drummer, Paul Garret. With no bass players available, the multitalented Scott and Hobie rose to the occasion. A power trio with Paul soulfully beltin’ out tunes, Crossroads was born. This didn’t last too long either. With scheduling difficulties and pressing family matters for Hobie and Paul, the band could not continue. After a couple of weeks off, Scott and Hobie approached Mike to fill some bookings they had. They had lots of fun. Feeling rather raggedy from years of multi-band dysfunction and weekly Wednesday shows, the three friends took to callin’ themselves The Leftovers. That was the summer of 2000 and they have been together since. Due to a club owner forgetting their name and billing them as HOBIE, the name was changed to Hobie and the Leftovers. For over a decade, Hobie and the Leftovers have created a tradition of sit-ins by friends and family. Incorporated regularly are Doug Jackson-Keys/Vocals, Nitro on harmonica and “Buttertooth” (acoustic/ vocals). After a rocky beginning, they found their ground and themselves in Hobie and the Leftovers, and still enjoy rockin’ the blues together. See them perform at 2pm during Blues Fest.
Pistol Pete follows Hobie And the Leftovers at 4pm. Pistol Pete is well-known in Chicago and abroad as one of the hottest shredders around. He won the Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition, Midwest Division. He has been on Showtime At The Apollo, played with musical legends & has multiple cds. He is a shredding guitar player that uses various musicians for backup. Any combination of these musicians makes an awesome band. One of the interesting things about seeing him play is that it will never be the same old thing twice. He keeps it fresh and entertaining; you never know who you will see playing with him. He lives and breathes the guitar.
Pistol Pete has shared a stage with or opened for many well-known legends over the years, including: Cheap Trick, Foreigner, Kansas, Survivor, and Bo Diddley to name a few. The list goes on and on, but you get the idea. He is a world-famous blues guitarist, based in Chicago. He performs alone, or often times with his blues trio, and his show packs a huge punch. He has been compared to legends such as Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix, and plays in blues clubs and venues all over the globe. Pistol Pete is a favorite blues act in Chicago and is featured as a headliner at The Chicago Blues Festival every year. He believes in playing with his heart and soul whether it is for 2 or 20,000 people. Come out and see him for yourself during the Phoenix Park Bandshell’s Blues Fest.
Sweet Bev Perrone follows Pistol Pete at 6pm. Sweet Bev Perrone was born in New York City and raised on the north side of Chicago. She was born to hard working parents who always thrived on doing, providing and giving the best to their children. Aside the hard work there was always room for music. Beverley grew up in a household filled with two generations of music. Her father was twenty years older than her mother. In his early twenties, he worked as a dancer in the USO dance hall in New York. The big band era music was his favorite, along with jazz and blues. Her mother on the other hand, came from the ‘Woodstock’ era. While dusting the furniture and watering the plants, Janis Joplin would be wailing in the background coming from the reel-to-reel recorder. Sundays were her father’s day; Sunday was family day; Sunday was big band music day. Sunday mornings Bev would wake up to… Benny Goodman, The Dorsey Brothers, Cab Calloway or The Duke Ellington’s Orchestra. Not only did she wake up to the music, she would wake to dancing. Her father taught her how to swing, and she was his dance partner for years!
The summer before her senior year, Bev had an opportunity she could not resist. Along with her sister and her parents blessing, they both joined a band. They joined the band in which one of the members was their cousin, so it was ‘ok’. Within a few rehearsals they decided to hit the road. Off across the country they would find gigs…..then they crossed the border into Mexico. Weddings, house parties, back alley parties, it was all good. The back-up vocals were provided by the sisters, until one day…the leader of the band gave Bev her first lead song. ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ was the song she sang. That was just the beginning. Summer ended and back to school. By now, she had an idea of what she really liked. As the story goes, ‘real-life’ sets in. School ends and she goes to work. Meets a boy and falls in love. Boy joins Air Force and they get married. She learns how to be a stay at home mom while her husband is serving our country around the world. Life is good. While living in Alaska, Bev went to work and landed herself a D.J. position at KYMG Magic 98.5- No Rap, No Rock. She started out being a secretary to the big guy, all was good. Then one day, he approached her with an offer she couldn’t refuse. Midnight D.J. spot! To this day, she claims it was the best job she ever had. ‘Real-life’ stepped in and her husband was medically retired. Suddenly they are back ‘home’ and they found themselves as civilians. Bev found herself as a d.j. at bars, weddings, parties and as a karaoke d.j. where she would have to sing…once again-music was in her life. A few months had gone by and Bev was singing in a band. A passion had been awakened.
Years of hitting jams and schooling herself, learning music and meeting many musicians is what she credits to where she’s at now. She paid her dues and still pays them. Humble beginnings are never far from her mind. Singing on a corner with a two piece band and working for $25 dollars and an ice cream cone. . .Which later became a song she wrote. It was easy she says, because it was real. It was only a few years ago when she got a gig singing at a car show in front of the local Dairy Queen. Looking back now, that was just another chapter in her book called ‘Dues’.
Bev still continues playing the local scene and has recently caught the attention of Europe. She was offered a summer full of shows and completed a mini tour with Max Dega of Switzerland. She toured between southern Switzerland and northern Italy. Since then she has honed in on a style that is none other but her own. She was recently mentioned in an article as the magazine’s number one fave pick of the year in the blues genre. Sweet Bev Perron is what she goes by….given respectively by another blues artist. A few years back Sweet Bev performed at Kingston Mines in Chicago for a benefit that Koko Taylor was in fact the mastermind behind it. After Bev’s performance Miss Koko had called her over to where she was sitting. She asked Bev to sit down by her, she said, “Sweet, you knocked my socks off!” Bev thanked her, and said, “I’m just getting’ started”. Why not see her for yourself during the Phoenix Park Bandshell’s Blues Fest, and see where she is headed!
The Phoenix Park Bandshell invites you to their Blues Fest on Sunday June 30, beginning at 1pm. You will witness an array of blues by performers of all ages. If you are crazy about the blues, Blues Fest is for you! The Bandshell has weekly free concerts on Thursday & Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons. Most evening shows begin at 7 p.m. and end at dark. Sunday shows begin at 3 p.m. Check the website at www.phoenixparkbandshell.com for more details and the upcoming concert schedule.