‘A Party Waiting to Happen’ with the Sole City Juke Band!
The ‘Sole City Juke Band’ was founded in 2011 with the intent of exposing audiences to music native to New Orleans and Louisiana while mixing in some choice Classic Rock, Chicago Blues, Cajun Blues, Zydeco and Motown Soul. All of our members are from the Chicagoland area. The band is comprised of two guitars, bass, drums, accordion, harmonica, and washboard. Every member brings something to the table and leaves their own personal mark on the music. We like keeping our audience involved dancing and singing. We are a party band first and foremost and it’s all about having fun! We play festivals, conferences, grammar schools, high schools, colleges, weddings, private parties (crab boils) and of course the bar scene.
We’ve just received the “Rising Star” award for 2013 from Gigmasters for the most bookings in our genre of music. We have also won a competition beating out 30 other bands to earn a spot at Chuck Fest located at Toyota Park.
Meet Sole City Juke Band
- Dan Lopez (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)
Dan was born and raised in Chicago and now resides in Oak Lawn, IL. His passion for Blues music and playing the harmonica started as a young boy. Dan started his professional music career 20 years ago while playing Chicago Blues & Classis Rock with ‘The After Midnight Band’. With his love for Cajun Blues & Zydeco music the ‘Sole City Juke Band’ was formed. Dan brings his soulful voice, harmonica, and rockin blues guitar to every performance for a memorable experience.
- Rudy Deuce (Vocals, Guitar)
Rudy started playing guitar when he was 10 years old. His dad played guitar and he taught Rudy how to play the ‘good stuff.’ Rudy’s father, to this day, remains his biggest influence. Other influences include: The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, Brian Setzer, Carlos Santana and The Ventures.
- Brady Williams (Drums)
Brady started playing drums at 8 years old and had his first professional job at age 12 playing at his church where he earned $40.00. At age 19 he was playing jingles for McDonalds, Taco Bell and Greyhound to name a few. He soon started playing professionally for artist such as Koko Taylor, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Valerie Wellington, Lefty Dizz, Eddie Clearwater and Jonathon Brandmeir to name a select few.
- Alfred McClendon (Bass Guitar)
Al started playing Bass in church when he was 16 years old. His mother was a music teacher for Chicago Public Schools and his father also played guitar and sang. Louis Johnson, Stanley Clarke Getty Lee, Bootsy Collins and Stevie Wonder influence him. Al says he plays because he loves watching the crowds dancing and having fun!
- Paul (Accordion)
Paul grew up in a Polish-American home on the South Side of Chicago, where family gatherings were sure to have Polka music, played by family members. This exposure created a fascination with the accordion and planted the seed that one day he could learn to play it. As a teenager, in the 1960s, Paul’s listening preference turned to soul music. When Paul later discovered Zydeco music, he knew he found the perfect combination of accordion and soul. He said, “I need to learn to play accordion like that. So at a ripe old age and some hard determination, Paul taught himself to play the push button accordion. There is no better feeling in the world than getting together with other musicians and laying down that Zydeco groove.
- Dale Lopez (Washboard, Aux. Percussion)
Dale grew up in Chicago and now resides in Oak Lawn, IL. She started playing the washboard three years ago one night while helping out the band with percussions. She is now a permanent member of the band.
Backup Band Members
- Steven Wright (Trumpet)
- Kent Kaled (Bass & Vocals)
- Isaac Garcia (Bass & Vocals)
- Art Gigler (Drums & Vocals)
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