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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Come Dancing In Lansing! Head Honchos' Debut Their Funky Blues'n'Rock At J.J. Kelley's In Lansing - Friday, December 16

Head Honchos' Newest Photo  
"WHO ARE THESE GUYS? Original and soul-pounding Blues at its best. I have seldom heard a Blues-Rock band with so much power! This is hard rockin' blues at its best...I've been waiting for's like getting kicked in the gut and saying thanks...really powerful backup and spin-tingling, terrifying, aggressive guitar playing is the new deal here. I am not going to compare this CD with anybody's CD. You just have to hear it.This is ground-breaking Blues."                                                                 BLUES SOURCE

"Wow! From the opening track, "Goin' Down," this disc had our attention! From there however, things only got better, the next song, "Lucky's Train," had us grooving and enjoying the juicy guitar riffs and righteous vocals - and surprise - it's an original. There are no disappointments on this CD. Every track sparkles with electricity, great guitar, stellar engineering and production, and wonderful vocals. In short, it's a homerun...out of the park!"                                                                                                                                            BARRELHOUSE BLUES                                                      
                        Come Dancing In Lansing!  
 Head Honchos' Debut Their Funky Blues'n'Rock At J.J. Kelley's In Lansing  
                       Friday, December 16  
    (LANSING, IL) - Rising blues-rock ensemble Head Honchos' make their performing debut at J.J. Kelley's, 2455 Bernice Rd., Lansing, Friday, December 16. 9:30 p.m. $5. Info: (708) 474-9977 or   
     The Illinois-based Head Honchos' play smokin' Chicago blues imbued with elements of rock. The band is also a father/son affair - formed by guitarist Rocco Calipari Sr. (who is also a member of noted longtime Chicago band, Howard and the White Boys) and his son, Rocco Calipari Jr.
    In just under two years together as a working band, Head Honchos' have garnered positive reviews for their self-titled debut release in publications both far (Blues Matters and Metalliville in the U.K.) and near (Blues Source; Vintage Guitar; Chicago Examiner; Bluesrockers; Barrelhouse Blues; Southland Blues; American Blues Blog; more).  The band are about to record the follow-up to their debut, tentatively titled "Come Strong."      
        Watch a performance by Head Honchos' play Cheap Sun Glasses here:   

     In a time when American music is too often characterized by emasculated melodies, narcissistic lyrics, and hyped mediocrity - Head Honchos' offer up intense body-moving rhythms and emotionally-charged guitar expressions on their recently-released seven-song self-titled CD.  Grounded on the foundations of American blues, rock, soul, and funk, Head Honchos' launch their improvisational excursions with an irresistable invitation to kick back, let go, and enthusiastically ENJOY! 
        Head Honchos' CD contains  some quickly-memorable originals ("Lucky's Train," "Whiskey Devil," "Good Love," "That Driving Beat") as well as sizzling interpretations of classics such as Albert King's "Going Down," "Fire On The Bayou" by Aaron Neville,  and Wilson Pickett's "99 1/2 Won't Do."    
       Front person Rocco Calipari's Detroit-schooled vocals will leave no doubt of the unapologetic American identity we all experience. In an artistic celebration of our shared pride and joy, Head Honchos' cover some of our most loved standards, while introducing to an appreciative audience "roots-inspired" new tunes. Calipari is a skilled teacher of guitar and since 1995 has been playing lead guitar for well-known Chicago band,  Howard and The White Boys" Rocco recorded with Buddy Guy on H&TWB's CD, The Big Score. Additionally, he has performed with Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Carl Weathersby, Son Seals, and many more. As one of Chicago's great contemporary blues guitarists, Rocco has played in 40 states and 12 countries around the world. 
         Rocco Calipari Jr. first sat in with Howard and the White Boys when he was 15 years old. He attended the Guitar Institute in Hollywood, Calif. where he studied under Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), jazz/blues great Scott Henderson, and famed blues instructor/writer Keith Wyatt. His approach to the guitar, while grounded in rock and blues, is keenly aimed at a post-modern interpretation of American roots music.          

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