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Showing posts with label Howard and the White Boys. Show all posts
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Monday, October 27, 2014

3011 Records artist: Howard and the White Boys - Rosa's Lounge - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Rosa's Lounge, from Howard and the White Boys and it's quite good. Opening with Heat Seeking Missile, a cool R&B style blues, Howard (bass and vocals) and the boys, Rocco Calipari (guitar), Pete Galanis (guitar) and Jim "Bucka" Christopolous launch off into a great track. Nice lead guitar work and great vocals highlight the track. Strung Out On The Blues is up next and it rips! A down and dirty track really showcases Howard's vocals and especially tasty guitar riffs throughout. This is my favorite track on the release and shows how strong Howard and gang can be live! Trouble Follows You is a cool Billy Boy Arnold or Bo Diddley influenced track with a great rhythm and strong drum beat by Christopulos. Cool slide work on this track over the guitar rhythm nicely emphasizes the contrast. Judge has a bit of funk and slick guitar rhythms. Freewheeling guitar work pushed along by Christopulos and McCullum makes this track sing. A slow R&B style blues, What Would I Do, sets up nicely. This track should play nicely into radio play with a sweet melody and fluent bursts of guitar wizardry. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner is a cool blues track with a track of Taj Mahal in feel. With a solid bass line and nice slide work, this track will appeal to both dancers and guitar enthusiasts. Super boogie, Black Cat features Steve Asma on slide guitar and this track moves! Asma adds a real nice texture and a free wheeling approach as the band literally romps (Think Tush). Excellent! R&B style track, The Last Time, employs wah wah and a funky back beat for a straight up radio track. Of course there are slick solos with pinched harmonics and double stops but this track is one that will stick in your head. The Blues Are Killin' Me is an easy blues rocker with a solid bass line and featuring Neal O'hara on organ some fluid guitar riffs in an extended jam format. Wrapping the release is That's Alright which was recorded in JoyRide Studios in Chicago. With a tighter more radio oriented flavor, this track again seems to be perfectly suited for a diverse audience of listeners. I like this release. A live review of this band shows it's musical talent and diversity. Very cool.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Howard and the White Boys CD Release Parties at Rosa's Lounge, Buddy Guy's Legends

"Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band " for over two decades is Howard and the White Boys, pictured here outside Rosa's Lounge in Chicago, where they recorded their new album, the aptly-titled "Rosa's Lounge". They'll celebrate the new album with two big Chicago-based CD Release Parties - one at Rosa's Lounge on Friday, August 22; the other at Buddy Guy's Legends on Saturday, August 30. www.howardandthewhiteboys.net




HOWARD AND THE WHITE BOYS CELEBRATE THEIR NEW ALBUM "ROSA'S LOUNGE" WITH TWO BIG CD RELEASE PARTIES - FRIDAY, AUGUST 22 AT ROSA'S LOUNGE; AND SATURDAY, AUGUST 30@BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS


    (CHICAGO, IL) -  Howard And the White Boys celebrate their long-awaited new album "Rosa's Lounge" with two big Chicago-based CD Release Parties: Friday, August 22 at Rosa's Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage Ave. (9 p.m.; $10. in advance, $12. at the door; 773-342-0452 or http://www.rosaslounge.com for info.); and Saturday, August 30 at  Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave. (11 p.m.; $20.; 312-427-1190 or http://buddyguy.com/ for info.).
   


"Rosa's Lounge"

        NEW HOWARD AND THE WHITE BOYS ALBUM OUT THIS MONTH!
 

   Rosa's Lounge, the new album from Chicago blues veterans Howard & The White Boys, is named after the legendary Chicago club where the band's new CD was recorded. Captured live on one of those magical nights where the crowd and band feed off of each other's exuberance and energy, the recording reveals a group at the top of its game and offers insight into why many consider Howard & The White Boys one of the best live contemporary blues acts of the past two decades.
   Chicago, a city steeped in blues history, is where the band have honed their chops since their inception in 1988. Howard & the White Boys have established a reputation as one of the city’s favorite attractions and regular appearances at Buddy Guy’s Legends have afforded them an opportunity to display their wares before locals and out-of-towners who come to Legends to hear the best the city has to offer in blues entertainment. Indeed, Buddy Guy has been their unofficial mentor and his support for the band has been instrumental in exposing them to a wider audience. He has taken them on several major Midwestern tours as his opening act, and has often jumped onstage to jam with them when they appear at Legends. He also gave them the ultimate endorsement by making a rare guest appearance on their third release The Big $core. He
plays some scorching guitar and sings a duet with Howard on a remake of the Sam & Dave classic “I Thank You." Guy  told the L.A. Times, "These guys deserve whatever they get and more. And I tell these guys, 'If you ain't gonna do it, you know I will, so don't let me down now.' And they haven't!"
   Howard & the White Boys formed in 1988 and began jamming together just for fun, but their fast-growing popularity soon convinced them they could make a career of it. After only a few months, they got their first big break by opening for B.B. King. Their reputation grew in Chicago and they began performing with the biggest names in blues: Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Albert King, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry. Between 1994 and 1997, the group made two highly acclaimed recordings, Strung Out On The Blues and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?, for Los Angeles-based Mighty Tiger Records. They began traveling extensively across the United States and their growing popularity captured the attention of Philadelphia-based Evidence Records. The Big $core was the first of three successful discs released by Evidence, and the band wasted no time in promoting it via the first of many trips to European countries such as Belgium, France, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Luxembourg, Lithuania, and England. Riding the ever-growing wave of popularity both at home and abroad, the group then released a well-received live CD for Evidence entitled Live At Chord On Blues. In 2007, Evidence released the critically-acclaimed Made in Chicago which showcased the group's versatility and encompassed the funk, R & B, and rock styles that have become Howard & the White Boys trademarks.

  Rosa's Lounge bears witness to the power of the group when they perform live, and also lends credence to the Chicago Sun-Times' recent statement, "You can't see this high-energy, good time band at a club without leaving with a smile on your face." The band is now focusing on touring to support the new CD and working on material for their next one.



                           www.howardandthewhiteboys.net

     

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Prairie Dog Blues Festival Presents Howard & The White Boys

"Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band " for over two decades is Howard and the White Boys.
They perform at he Prairie Dog Blues Festival in Prairie du Chien, WI this Friday, July 25.


PRAIRIE DOG BLUES FESTIVAL PRESENTS "CHICAGO'S HARDEST-WORKING BLUES BAND," HOWARD AND THE WHITE BOYS, IN CONCERT
                                   Friday, July 25 - 7 p.m.


    (Prairie du Chien, WI) - The Prairie Dog Blues Festival presents Howard and the White Boys, "a/k/a "Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band," in concert, Friday, July 25. 7 p.m. performance. Tickets $25. in advance, per day - purchase online at http://www.prairiedogblues.com/buy-tickets/. The Festival is held on scenic, historic St. Feriole Island, on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.

    *Also catch Howard and the White Boys the night before, Thursday, July 24, at 8 p.m. performing at the Blue BBQ Fest in Indianapolis. More at http://www.indybbq.com/

                NEW HOWARD AND THE WHITE BOYS ALBUM COMING!

  The celebrated longtime blues/rock ensemble recently recorded their long-awaited new album (and follow-up to the critically-acclaimed "Made In Chicago") at Rosas' Lounge in  Chicago, scheduled for a Summer 2014 release. Read more about it in this Examiner.com article: http://exm.nr/1nLgftH.

                           MORE ABOUT HOWARD AND THE WHITE BOYS...

     Howard and the White Boys continue to perform through out the U.S., bringing audiences to their feet and out onto the dance floor - much as they have done for over twenty years. Longtime band member Rocco Calipari has also branched out with his successful side project Head Honchos' who have released a well-received debut CD and play regularly throughout the Midwest as well as the rest of the U.S. and Canada.   The members of Howard And the White Boys first met at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb in 1988 and began jamming together just for fun, but their fast-growing popularity soon convinced them they could make a career of it. After only a few months, they got their first big break by opening for Blues legend, B.B. King. The band soon made the move to Chicago and began performing with the biggest names in Blues: Koko Taylor, Albert King, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry (the latter whom they were the backing band for in a headlining capacity at the 2002 Long Beach Blues Festival in Long Beach, Calif.).

    Here's Howard and the White Boys killing it live on their song "Black Cat Bone," recorded at Rosa's Lounge in Chicago.





         

                           www.howardandthewhiteboys.net

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

17th Annual Ribfest To Feature Howard & The White Boys

Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band " for over two decades is Howard and the White Boys.
They perform at the 17th Annual Ribfest in Ft. Wayne on Thursday, June 19.
17TH ANNUAL RIBFEST PRESENTS "CHICAGO'S HARDEST-WORKING BLUES BAND," HOWARD AND THE WHITE BOYS - THURSDAY, JUNE 19TH
    (FT. WAYNE, IN) - Howard and the White Boys, known near and far for over two decades as "Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band," will rock the blues at the 17th Annual Ribfest, Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St., Thursday, June 19. 8 p.m. Free. Info: (260) 602-1831 or http://bbqribfest.com/.
  The longtime blues/rock ensemble recently recorded their long-awaited new album (and follow-up to the critically-acclaimed "Made In Chicago") at Rosas' Lounge in  Chicago, scheduled for a Summer 2014 release. Read more about it in this Examiner.com article: http://exm.nr/1nLgftH.
     Howard and the White Boys continue to perform through out the U.S., bringing audiences to their feet and out onto the dance floor - much as they have done for over twenty years. Longtime band member Rocco Calipari has also branched out with his successful side project Head Honchos' who have released a well-received debut CD and play regularly throughout the Midwest as well as the rest of the U.S. and Canada.   The members of Howard And the White Boys first met at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb in 1988 and began jamming together just for fun, but their fast-growing popularity soon convinced them they could make a career of it. After only a few months, they got their first big break by opening for Blues legend, B.B. King. The band soon made the move to Chicago and began performing with the biggest names in Blues: Koko Taylor, Albert King, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry (the latter whom they were the backing band for in a headlining capacity at the 2002 Long Beach Blues Festival in Long Beach, Calif.).
    Here's Howard and the White Boys killing it live on their song "Black Cat Bone," recorded at Rosa's Lounge in Chicago.




              
 
                           www.howardandthewhiteboys.net

Friday, May 30, 2014

Howard & The White Boys Performing at Jackson Blues Festival


Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band " for over two decades is Howard and the White Boys.
They perform at the Jackson Blues Festival in Jackson, MI on Saturday, June 7.





JACKSON BLUES FESTIVAL PRESENTS "CHICAGO'S HARDEST-WORKING BLUES BAND," HOWARD AND THE WHITE BOYS - SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH


    (JACKSON, MI) - Howard and the White Boys, known near and far for over two decades as "Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band," will rock the blues at the Jackson Blues Festival, Reynolds Field (at Jackson County Airport), 3606 Wildwood Ave., Saturday, June 7. 9 p.m. show. $5. admission. Info: (517) 962-5939 or log onto http://jacksonbluesfest.com/.

  The longtime blues/rock ensemble recently recorded their long-awaited new album (and follow-up to the critically-acclaimed "Made In Chicago") at Rosas' Lounge in  Chicago, scheduled for a Summer 2014 release. Read more about it in this Examiner.com article: http://exm.nr/1nLgftH.

     Howard and the White Boys continue to perform through out the U.S., bringing audiences to their feet and out onto the dance floor - much as they have done for over twenty years. Longtime band member Rocco Calipari has also branched out with his successful side project Head Honchos' who have released a well-received debut CD and play regularly throughout the Midwest as well as the rest of the U.S. and Canada.   The members of Howard And the White Boys first met at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb in 1988 and began jamming together just for fun, but their fast-growing popularity soon convinced them they could make a career of it. After only a few months, they got their first big break by opening for Blues legend, B.B. King. The band soon made the move to Chicago and began performing with the biggest names in Blues: Koko Taylor, Albert King, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry (the latter whom they were the backing band for in a headlining capacity at the 2002 Long Beach Blues Festival in Long Beach, Calif.).

    Here's Howard and the White Boys killing it live on their song "Black Cat Bone," recorded at Rosa's Lounge in Chicago.



          


                           www.howardandthewhiteboys.net

     

Monday, October 28, 2013

Middleton Gets The Blues: Howard and the White Boys Play Club Tavern November 2

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            "Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band...For Over Two Decades!"
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Club Tavern in Middleton Presents:
HOWARD AND THE WHITE BOYS
One Show Only - Saturday, November 2
 
   (MIDDLETON, WI) - Middleton gets the Blues as Club Tavern presents  "Chicago's Hardest-Working Blues Band," Howard and the White Boys, for one show only, Saturday, November 2. 9:00 p.m. Free. Club Tavern is located at 1915 Branch St. Info: (608) 836-3773 or www.clubtavern.com.

  The longtime Chicago blues band recently recorded their long-awaited new album (and follow-up to the critically-acclaimed "Made In Chicago") at Rosas' Lounge in  Chicago, scheduled for a late-2013 release date. Read more about it here: http://www.examiner.com/article/howard-and-the-white-boys-recording-live-cd-at-rosa-s-lounge-chicago?CID=examiner_alerts_article.
  Howard and the White Boys continue to perform through out the U.S., bringing audiences to their feet and out onto the dance floor - much as they have done for over twenty years. Longtime band member Rocco Calipari has also branched out with his successful side project Head Honchos', who have released a well-received debut CD and play regularly throughout the Midwest as well as the rest of the U.S. and Canada.   
   
  Below is the band performing their popular "Booty And Barbeque" from a live 2012 performance in Rothschild, Wisconsin.



          
                        

                
  The members of Howard And the White Boys first met at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb in 1988 and began jamming together just for fun, but their fast-growing popularity soon convinced them they could make a career of it. After only a few months, they got their first big break by opening for Blues legend, B.B. King. The band soon made the move to Chicago and began performing with the biggest names in Blues: Koko Taylor, Albert King, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry (the latter whom they were the backing band for in a headlining capacity at the 2002 Long Beach Blues Festival in Long Beach, Calif.).