Reggie's Chicago: June 6th Pre-Blues Fest Party!

Reggie's presents a pre-Chicago Blues Fest party on June 6th called the "All-Start Harmonica Blast" and judging by the artist involved it's going to be a who's who of Chicago Blues.

Scheduled to perform are:

Omar Coleman

Rob Stone

Martin Lang

The Cash Box Kings

Oscar Wilson

Joe Nosek

Mark Wydra

Willie "The Tough"Hayes

Brad Hayman

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About the Artists


Since deciding to fully pursue a career in music in 2010, Omar Coleman has impressively recorded 3 full albums, performed 30 overseas dates in 12 countries, and performed as feature vocalist for more than 10 professionally touring bands. Omar has the personality, sound, and passion of the late greats Junior Wells and James Brown and hopes to reach similar acclaim with his own career. Perhaps visit one of the four real deal blues joints in Chicago and ask about Omar Coleman. No tricks, no games…. just blues.

Omar Coleman, 35, has established himself as one of the nation’s premier harmonica players and blues vocalist alive today, billed on festivals with legends like Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Ruth Brown, and Robert Randolph. With a voice soulful beyond his years, Omar has been impressing audiences across the nation with his genuine, seasoned harmonica skills and vocals. Omar is known to interact directly with his audience, befriending an entire audience.


Whenever Rob Stone hits the bandstand, his fans eagerly anticipate a non-stop feast of electric Chicago blues that come deeply rooted in postwar tradition yet are immersed in contemporary high-energy pyrotechnics. Stone has performed with and learned from many of the greats and it shows from the first note. Veteran blues fans and young newbies alike will be dazzled by his red-hot harp licks and the super-tight backing of his band. Rob knows the pantheon of Chicago blues harp greats intimately, revering the works of Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton, and both Sonny Boy Williamsons. He incorporates many of their greatest songs into his repertoire, but he’s no mere imitator. In Stone’s hands, the tight ensemble work that once defined the Windy City blues sound lives and breathes again, and he’s got a full portfolio of terrific original material to choose from. Stone’s soaring, swooping amplified harmonica solos emanate boundless energy and imagination, and his vocals are at once powerful, warm and inviting. There’s an inherent swing to his approach that’s hard to find in this era of blues-rock, and every member of his backing crew knows exactly how to dish up classic Chicago blues the way it was meant to be played. Rob’s live performances are unsurpassed in energy and this band has a pure ability to tear up a stage! Stone originally formed the C-Notes with guitarist Chris James and bassist Patrick Rynn in 1998, and they quickly cut a self-produced debut album, No Worries. In 2003, they encored with Just My Luck on Michael Frank’s prestigious Earwig label, which earned a nomination as Best Blues Album from the Chicago Music Awards. Back Around Here, Stone’s latest Earwig CD, is his first that’s billed strictly under his name, although he still collaborates throughout the disc with Chris and Patrick as both musician and songwriter (he returns the favor on the duo’s new Earwig CD, Gonna Boogie Now). Read More


For his third appearance on Random Chance, Martin Lang and crew have concocted a tasty and deep reiteration of the classic 1950s electric Chicago blues harmonica sound perfected by Little Walter and the Aces. We now know that this heritage is in good hands. The album title comes from the assertion that blues harp “ain’t no notion;” it’s serious, committed music. Lang is joined by guitarists Rusty Zinn and Billy Flynn; Bassists Illinois Slim and Jimmy Upstairs; drummer Dean Haas; pianist Dave Waldman; and vocalist Oscar Wilson.


With deep feeling and top-shelf talent, houserocking blues masters The Cash Box Kings play tough, real deal classic Chicago blues with boundless energy. They also deliver raw, passionate Delta blues, jumping proto-rock ‘n’ roll, and steamrolling “bluesabilly,” their original mix of Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly. As anyone who has ever been to one of the band’s raucous performances will testify, The Cash Box Kings know how to throw a party. They’re fueled by the powerhouse harmonica work of Madison, Wisconsin-based songwriter Joe Nosek and the huge, gritty vocals of Chicago bluesman Oscar Wilson. Their original songs range from humorous stories of Internet love to harrowing tales of Chicago’s violent gun epidemic. Every song they perform—be it a striking original or a scorching Chess, Sun or Vee-Jay cover—explodes with contemporary authority and radiates old-school authenticity. According to Grammy Award-winning blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, “The Cash Box Kings play with...Read More

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