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Opening the Friday Kelly Richey Band show show will be Galesburg’s own Mike Budde’s Rhythm Circus. This energetic psychedelic blues-rock quartet is no stranger to extended, guitar-rich jamming, and they possess the musical chops to deliver a stunning opening performance. These guys are not sure if they are a rock band playin’ the blues or a blues band playin’ rock’n'roll but, they’re having a blast doin’ what they do.

The four members of The Rhythm Circus have all been professional musicians for many years with varied experiences. In 2006, they brought there skills and talents together to create a soulful energetic show that you must see live to believe. From bars in Galesburg, Peoria and Macomb to corporate events in the Chicago area these guys put every thing they got into every show. A tight, skilled and passionate performance pushed over the top with three part harmonies makes this show a real experience.

Mike Budde; guitar and lead vocals
Nathan Hahn; vocals and lead guitar
Jerry Wildbahn; vocals and bass guitar
Mike Krusa; drums and percussion

“We’re very excited to open the show,” said frontman Mike Budde. “The Kelly Richey Band is awesome… we just can’t wait!”

Best Songs Using Slide Guitar


Death Letter Blues, Son House
If there was a “platonic form” of the perfect Depression-era blues song, this would be it. Powerful, driving, tragic and empowering, this song is a towering achievement. House heavily influenced Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, and most of modern music along the way.

Come on in My Kitchen, Robert Johnson
Women were said to weep openly when Johnson played this song in juke joints. This is the masterwork of the first modern blues guitar player, full of passion and tense with sexual energy. Women want Johnson, men want to be like him. No wonder he’s the “King” of the delta blues singers.

Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning, Blind Willie Johnson
Johnson is, hands down, the best slide guitar player ever. It’s not even close. He used a pocket knife as a slide, and hit such perfect notes that the music compels an inescapable, deeply emotional reaction. There’s a reason why his music is rocketing off into space on the Voyager probe, showcasing the very best humanity can achieve.

Kelly Richey Tickets Locally

Kelly Richey Band tickets for the March 13th show are now on sale locally!

You can find tickets here: Monmouth (Bijou Pub, Daw Violins, Patton Block Center), Galesburg (Cherry Street Guitar, MusicMakers, Capitol Music, Budde’s Pizza and Spirits), Macomb (Capitol Music) and Burlington (Weird Harolds).

Tickets are $10 in advance. You can also purchase tickets at the Rivoli on the night of the show for $12.

See you at the show!

Masterclass with KRB!

KRB Class

Just announced! Kelly Richey, Jimmy V and Shayne Frye of the amazing Kelly Richey Band will each be offering a masterclass workshop (guitar, bass and drums) at the Cherry Street Guitar Company on the afternoon of Friday, March 13th (time TBA). Classes are partially grant supported and we expect the fee to be approximately $45 for Kelly (guitar, which includes book and CD) and $30 for Jimmy (bass) and Shayne (drums).

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from these phenomenal professional musicians is open only to a few students for each instrument. To get more details and to get your name on the student waiting list, send an email today to paul@monmouthblues.com.

Sign up for the workshops and then be sure to check out the amazing show at the Rivoli on Friday night. We’ll see you there!

What Does It Mean To Be “On”?

Last week, I played a short set at Budde’s open mic over in Galesburg. It was one of the best sets I ever played… but why?
I wasn’t particularly technical; I screwed up a few times, but kept going. So why did it feel so good? I think part of the answer lies in audience reaction – for some reason, they were paying more attention than normal and supported my playing with cheers and hoots. Obviously, that gets a musician motivated.
But I think it was more than that… for some reason, confidence was strong (that’s not a given), so I sang louder and with more conviction. Though I’m not sure why I felt better that night than others.
What I noticed most was that I felt part of the music. I wasn’t just playing a few songs – I was inhabiting them. I was feeling the strings, flowing with the music, almost surfing over the music with the lyrics. I was in there and believing it, and because of that, I think the end product was greater than the sum of its parts.
I was a magical feeling, but certainly elusive for me. Maybe one day, the recipe for that magical musical gumbo will reveal itself for me; until then, I’ll be content for those rare moments when I truly inhabit the music. After all, that why I keep coming back to play!

Last week, I played a short set at Budde’s open mic over in Galesburg. It was one of the best sets I ever played… but why?
I wasn’t particularly technical; I screwed up a few times, but kept going. So why did it feel so good? I think part of the answer lies in audience reaction – for some reason, they were paying more attention than normal and supported my playing with cheers and hoots. Obviously, that gets a musician motivated.
But I think it was more than that… for some reason, confidence was strong (that’s not a given), so I sang louder and with more conviction. Though I’m not sure why I felt better that night than others.
What I noticed most was that I felt part of the music. I wasn’t just playing a few songs – I was inhabiting them. I was feeling the strings, flowing with the music, almost surfing over the music with the lyrics. I was in there and believing it, and because of that, I think the end product was greater than the sum of its parts.
I was a magical feeling, but certainly elusive for me. Maybe one day, the recipe for that magical musical gumbo will reveal itself for me; until then, I’ll be content for those rare moments when I truly inhabit the music. After all, that why I keep coming back to play!

Kelly Richey on IllinoisBlues.com

We’ve got our banner ad for the March 13 Kelly Richey Band show on the front page of the IllinoisBlues.com site:

IllinoisBlues.com

2009 Festival Date Set

The 2009 Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival will descend upon the historic Rivoli Theatre on Saturday, October 24th. Mark your calendars! We’re close to cementing the lineup, and it’s going to be a great show! Less than ten months away!

Kelly Richey Tickets On Sale!

Kelly Richey tickets

Tickets to the Friday, March 13th concert, featuring Mike Budde’s Rhythm Circus and the jaw-dropping Kelly Richey Band, are now on sale at our online store. Tickets will also be on sale locally in early February.

To buy tickets online, click here.

Kelly Richey Event Poster

Look for these cool posters around town over the coming weeks:

Kelly Richey Band

The Fans Speak

Some fans have shared their thoughts on the 2009 Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival. Comments like these keep us working hard to make each year the best day of music possible!

“What a great SHOW! Well done.”

“OUTSTANDING!!! It was well worth the 5 hour trip from Wisconsin. Blues and barbecue… how much better could life get?!!”

“Thanks for having Lurrie last weekend. All went very well I hear!”

“It was a tremendous show!”

“Thanks for organizing another great Blues festival; I particularly enjoyed Michelle Malone’s performance!”

“Carol and I had a great time at the October festival. As usual, the music was fantastic. While it may be described as “Blues”, we thought all of entertainers together with the reaction of the crowd, made the afternoon and evening a very enjoyable event – not “blue” at all!”

Blues Festival Pictures

The 2008 Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival was a huge success! The crowd was riveted for nearly eight hours of live music. We had fans coming far and wide for the show and I think the musicians had as much fun as the folks in the audience.

Below are some pictures of the event. Photo credits (and a huge Thanks You!) go out to Doug Rankin, Gerald Wildbahn and IllinoisBlues.com. Enjoy!

For a more complete photo archive (same photo credits), click here.

Charlie and Joel

Matthew Skoller

Fred Dixon

Michelle Malone

Lurrie Bell

Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival Schedule

Saturday, October 25th, 2008
At the historic Rivoli Theatre in Monmouth, Illinois

Need directions to the Rivoli? Click here.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

2pm: doors open

2:30pm: Charlie Hayes and Joel Fleming perform

3:45pm: Matthew Skoller Band performs

5: Fred Dixon performs

5:45: Michelle Malone performs

7:15: Lurrie Bell performs

9:15: open jam

Eddie B will serve rib snacks, full rib dinner and pulled pork sandwiches from 4pm-8pm.

This schedule is a best guess. We’ve got a lot of musical equipment to change out from act to act. Be sure to kick back and hang out for the open jam!

We’ll see you at the show!!

Tickets for the Show

Just a quick reminder – it’s not too late to buy your tickets locally or online for a savings (the early-bird price is just $14)!

If we receive online ticket orders between now (Friday, Oct. 17) and next Friday (Oct. 24), we won’t send them out via mail, but rather hold them at the Rivoli box office in your name, so they’ll be waiting for you at the show.

Tickets are also available locally in Monmouth (Daw Violins, the Bijou Pub), in Galesburg (Cherry Street Guitar, Music Makers, Capitol Music), in Macomb (Capitol Music) and in Burlington (Weird Harolds).

You’ll also be able to pick up tickets at the door for $17.

We’ll see you at the show!

Best songs utilizing the ‘wah-wah’ guitar effect

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Electric Ladyland, 1968

This is the grand-daddy of all wah-wah songs and the Platonic Form of electric guitar for many an aspiring players. Flat out, this may be the best electric guitar song ever put on vinyl. Gifted guitarist Joe Satriani sums it up this way: “It’s just the greatest piece of electric guitar work ever recorded. In fact, the whole song could be considered the holy grail of guitar expression and technique. It is a beacon of humanity.”

The Ring
Robin Trower
Victims of the Fury, 1980

No one has mastered the depth and breadth of electric guitar sounds like British rocker Robin Trower. Easily one of the greatest Stratocaster players in history, Trower flows from the ethereal to the raw in his guitar work. Victims of the Fury is a masterful album, and The Ring is unequaled raw, wah-powered brilliance–the guitar line is so aggressive, it’ll peel paint.

Soul to Soul
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Soul to Soul, 1985

Stevie was perhaps the best technical guitar player ever. Not as creatively brilliant as Hendrix, but easily his master in technique. In Soul to Soul, he delivers a romping, wah-infused instrumental that’s both as catchy as it is edgy. It’ll make your eyes water at the same time you’re tapping your foot. The ease and accuracy of his playing, coupled with the rich tone, is simply unbelievable.

Charlie, Joel and Fred

Last night, I had the pleasure of hearing both Charlie Hayes/Joel Fleming and Fred Dixon prepare for their upcoming Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival performances at an open mic at McMahon’s Pub in Monmouth.

Charlie and Joel were on fire, with Charlie playing both acoustic and electric Dobro slide guitar. It was amazing hearing the tone and range from Joel’s harmonica playing–certainly not the sound you hear from your garden variety blues harpist. His high-end solo on Shake Your Money Maker was simply amazing!

Fred was working through a potential set, trying out the best flow and fit of a number of way-old-school blues songs. It’s simply amazing the depth of material he has access to. He was telling me that his love of deep blues came from his childhood in Chicago (he moved up there at 12), where his “hillbilly” accent and poverty governed who he could and could not hang out with. There, with the poor kids on the streets of Chicago, he fell in love with the authenticity of the blues.

I’m getting psyched about the show–I can hear in my head the flow from one act to the next and I think it’ll be a day to remember!

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